AAIMHI NATIONAL CONFERENCE
Invitation to attend
Themes will include
- The infant in families Assisted by Reproductive Technology (ART)
- The infant seeking asylum
- The infant’s experience of family violence
- The infant within the Child Protection System
- The observed infant
- Reflective supervision
Who should attend?
This conference will be of interest to all professionals interested in the healthy and creative development of young children and their families:
- Academics and Researchers
- Child Care Workers
- Children & Family Court Affiliates
- Child Protection Practitioners
- Early Childhood Educators
- Family Service Practitioners
- Family Violence Service Practitioners
- Health and Mental Health Practitioners
- Maternal and and Child Health Nurses
- Men’s Behaviour Change Practitioners, and
- Policy Leaders
Permission to use this image kindly given by the artist, Michael Leunig
Ms Kate Bourne
Dr Wendy Bunston
Ms Glenise Coulthard
Glenise Coulthard, Adnyamathanha Woman from the Northern Flinders Ranges in SA. Glenise is the Manager of Aboriginal Health at the Port Augusta Hospital and Regional Health Services for the past 20 years. She has extensive experience in South Australia’s Aboriginal and mainstream health services, and was part of the team that developed the first Aboriginal health unit at Port Augusta Hospital.
1995 Glenise became the first Aboriginal person on the Board of Directors of the Royal Flying Doctor Service Central Operations to be appointed by members and has held this position for the past 22 years. In 1997 Glenise was awarded a Churchill Fellowship travelling to New Zealand and USA to study ‘Aboriginal Child Health Programs’.
During 2006/7 Glenise worked closely with Ms. Wendy Thiele and Dr Anne Sved-Williams to develop the ‘Connecting Mums Framework’ to improve mental health outcomes for Aboriginal infants and their mothers, many of whom were affected by family violence. Many community consultations with remote and regional SA Aboriginal communities were held to develop this framework. The team travelled to Darwin, Katherine and Alice Springs presenting, sharing and shaping this vital resource in a culturally appropriate way.
Glenise is passionate about her culture, language, family, country and the health and wellbeing of the Aboriginal community.
Dr Michael Daubney
Michael Daubney is a Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist with clinical interests in psychotherapy, trauma, infant mental health and adolescent inpatient and outpatient treatment. Currently he is the Medical Director of Specialist Teams CYMHS, Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service which incorporates the Assertive Mobile Youth Outreach Teams and Day Program. He is the current chair of the binational Committee, Faculty of Psychotherapy (RANZCP) and is an accredited Anna Freud Centre Mentalization Based Therapy supervisor.
He is an experienced supervisor including supervising the junior and advanced Child and Adolescent Psychiatry trainees (Qld) in psychodynamic psychotherapy and is a past Qld President of AAIMH and a past member of the National Committee. He has experience in public and private Psychiatry and in the past has been the Clinical Director of a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service and psychiatrist at the Infant Mental Health Program Logan Queensland. He is working on a higher research degree on the development of an instrument to measure psychosocial development in 3 years olds.
Ms Sue Denmead
As recent graduate of the Masters of infant Mental Health course through Melbourne university and the RCH, I feel fortunate to be able to present at the National AAIMH conference. My career began in general nursing, then 18 years of midwifery at the Mercy hospital for women and then a decade as a Maternal and Child Health Nurse in the City of Stonnington.
Falling into the shared role of enhanced and outreach nursing in our diverse community created one of my biggest career challenges; it led me to greater capacity in thinking about infants and their families, families in formation and their cultural and emotional ‘’ languages’’.
It a great privilege for me in being able to work with connecting the new parents to their own family of origin, discovering the ghosts in the parents own early childhood/infant nurseries. Finding ways to help parents discover greater capacities in themselves and at the same time helping them to become more in tune with their infants and young children is very rewarding and finally working in the world of IMH has provided me with a new form of professional inspiration.
Ms Georgina Hall
Georgina Hall is a PhD candidate at the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne. Her research area is reproductive ethics, and in particular, the welfare and best interests of future children born of assisted reproductive treatment. In her thesis, Georgina is performing a theoretical analysis of the reproductive right in a bid to examine whether the individual liberty to have children generates a duty upon others to assist any and all reproductive projects. Exploring the extent to which the State and the medical profession have a moral duty to provide fertility services has direct policy implications and Georgina hopes her studies will eventually influence policy outcomes in Victoria, nationally and overseas. She is a former journalist who holds a degree in journalism from R.M.I.T, a Masters in Bioethics (Monash) and has a background in clinical paediatric ethics as a foundation member of the Children’s Bioethics Centre at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. She also sits on the Clinical Ethics Committee of Monash Health and has tutored in ethics in the Monash University Medical Faculty. She has three children, and wishes for an eighth day in every week!
Dr Christine Hill
Christine Hill is a perinatal psychotherapist, researcher, writer, and midwife. Her PhD thesis explored creativity and relationships; incorporating Winnicott’s ideas on play and communication she wrote a play about a baby together with an analysis of the writing process. It was nominated for Best Swinburne Thesis 2014.
Her essay ‘How could you do this to us?’, based on her volunteer work with asylum seeking families, was awarded the 2017 Grace Marion Wilson Writing Prize for non-fiction.
Dr Hilary Holmes
Dr Holmes is a Community Paediatrician in the ACT.
Dr Holmes started her medical studies in the UK and later completed undergraduate training and paediatric specialist training in South Africa where she lived for 13 years. While working in acute hospital paediatrics, her South African experience prompted an interest in public health: the causes of childhood morbidity and mortality in the “developing” world. Emigrating to New Zealand in 1994, and then Australia in 2000, she gradually moved from acute paediatrics to developmental paediatrics. For the past 13 years she has worked in the ACT Health Directorate as a community paediatrician, seeing children with developmental disabilities and emotional and behavioural disturbances – and their families.
Dr Holmes’ public health focus has remained: the origins of much childhood morbidity in the “developed” world are largely related to psycho-social adversity, with parental mental health and wellbeing as critical determinants of the child’s long term developmental trajectory. She has become increasingly aware of the enormous impact of Domestic Violence which is a potentially modifiable risk factor for adverse child outcomes.
Ms Sarah Jones
Sarah Jones works privately as a Psychotherapist/Mental Health Social Worker.
Her own clinical interests are working with couples with both perinatal and infertility difficulties and also as a parent-infant therapist. She also has an extensive experience in working as a an External Supervisor and Trainer, with both public and private health care services. In conjunction she works with in the fields of Maternal and Child Health, external consultant to medical/ paediatric staff at the Royal Children’s’ Hospital, and a long interest in working with hospital and community teams in Palliative Care.
A/Prof Brigid Jordan
Brigid Jordan is Associate Professor of Paediatric Social Work at the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne and the Department of Paediatrics at The University of Melbourne, and heads the Social and Mental Health Research Group at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute. She has more than thirty years’ clinical and research experience in social work and infant mental health at the Royal Children’s Hospital. Brigid has published on infant crying and feeding problems, maternal depression, vulnerable children and families, and the impact of critical illness on infant emotional and behavioural regulation and infant-parent relationships. Dr Jordan and colleagues established the Masters course in Infant Mental Health offered through the University of Melbourne. Brigid is a past President of the Australian Association for Infant Mental Health, is Vice-President of the Victorian branch of AAIMH, has served on the Board of Directors of the World Association for Infant Mental Health and received the WAIMH Affiliate Award in 2008 for her contribution to the field of infant mental health. She is the lead author of the Specialist Practice Resource: Infants and their Families written for the Victorian Department of Human Services.
Prof Jon Jureidini
Jon Jureidini is a child psychiatrist who also trained in philosophy (PhD, Flinders University), critical appraisal (University of British Columbia) and psychotherapy (Tavistock Clinic). He is a professor in the Disciplines of Psychiatry and Paediatrics at the University of Adelaide. He heads Adelaide University’s Critical and Ethical Mental Health research group (CEMH), which conducts research, teaching and advocacy in order to promote safer, more effective and more ethical research and practice in mental health; and the Paediatric Mental Health Training Unit (PMHTU), providing training and support to medical students GPs, allied health professionals, teachers and counsellors in non-pathologising approaches to primary care mental health.
Jureidini learnt most of what he knows about psychiatry growing up in a pub, from being a father, from reading novels, and from Michael Leunig’s cartoons. He is chair of Australian-Palestinian Partnerships for Education and Health, and on the board of Siblings Australia, an organisation that advocates for individuals with ill and disabled siblings. His other published interests include cognitive science, ethics, quality use of medicines, immigration detention, suicide, and child abuse.
Dr Nick Kowalenko
Dr Nick Kowalenko is the Oceania regional coordinator of the International Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists and Allied Professionals (IACAPAP), a founding member of COPMI International and the immediate past chair of Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (RANZCP). He is President of Tresillian Family Care Services Council, and is Deputy Chair, Emerging Minds, leading the National Workforce Centre for Children’s Mental Health ($20m, Commonwealth Government, 2017-2019).
He has published in the areas of early intervention, parent, infant and early childhood mental health, family-focussed practice and service development. Current research is in infant outcome measurement, children of parents with mental illness, workforce development, and digital health strategies. He was elected to the executive of the Prato International Research Collaborative to coordinate their international research collaborations of family focussed researchers.
He teaches in Asia/Pacific as an international faculty member of Zero to Three and at the University of Sydney Medical School. He led the Master’s program in Perinatal and Infant Mental Health at the NSW Institute of Psychiatry (2011-2015).
Dr Kowalenko has co-led collaborative early intervention research and practice in the mental health, school, maternity and community sectors. He was a Consortium partner in the development of the National Action Plan for Perinatal Depression (2006-7).
He is a national leader in child and adolescent psychiatry with extensive experience in leading research, teaching, academic, professional, and community initiatives. He has been dedicated to developing and evaluating early intervention approaches and translating them into routine practice.
Ms Robyne Latham
Robyne Latham is a Yamatji woman, an artist, researcher and academic. She currently holds the position of Senior Indigenous Strategic Development Officer, Bouverie Centre, La Trobe University.
Latham’s art practice spans some thirty years and her works are collected national and internationally. Robyne’s most recent large works are the installation, ‘Empty Coolamons’, Bunjilaka Museum, Melbourne (2014), the performance work, ‘The Aborigine is Present’, The Koorie Heritage Trust Cultural Centre, Federation Square (2015), Remembering the Empty Coolamons, The Atrium Federation Square (2017).
Ms Marita Lowry
Marita Lowry is a Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist & Mental Health Social Worker who also holds a Bachelor Degree in Literature. Marita worked in the trauma/abuse and generalist counselling fields for many years in a number of agencies, including the Royal Children’s Hospital, CAMHS, Community Health, and more recently the Department of Education. She previously taught and supervised in the Master of Mental Health Sciences (Child Psychotherapy Stream) at Monash University. Marita currently has a psychotherapy and supervision practice in Melbourne’s Inner West.
Dr Sarah Mares
Dr Sarah Mares is an infant, child and family psychiatrist with an established clinical and academic interest in early experience and risk, prevention and therapeutic intervention with high-risk infants, children and their families. This includes those in the child protection system, children in remote Aboriginal communities and asylum seekers and refugees. In addition her professional interests include human rights and mental health and the health and conduct of health professionals. She is an experienced multidisciplinary educator, consultant, and has contributed to a number of expert advisory groups and Inquiries.
In February 2014 Dr Mares was RANZCP Consultant to the Australian Human Rights Commission Inquiry into Immigration Detention of Children and in 2016 she provided expert testimony to the South Australian Child Protection Systems Royal Commission. She is Conjoint Senior Lecturer, School of Psychiatry, UNSW, Honorary Fellow at the Menzies School of Health Research in Darwin and Hearings Member at the NSW Medical Council.
Prof Jennifer McIntosh
Jennifer McIntosh is a clinical and developmental psychologist, family therapist, and researcher. Jennifer is Professor of Psychology at Deakin University, where she leads the perinatal science stream of the Centre for Social and Early Emotional Development, Fellow of the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, and Senior Fellow of the University of Melbourne. In these roles, she directs the Melbourne Attachment and Caregiving Lab (the ATP MAC Lab) and coordinates two nested studies of attachment development within the Australian Temperament Project. She is the founding director of Family Transitions, and its online training portal, ChildrenBeyondDispute.com.
Jennifer’s 30-year career has been devoted to attachment and care-giving, focused on families and young children experiencing trauma or transition. McIntosh has had a substantial impact on policy and practice in Australian and international Family Law. In 2011, she was recipient of the AFCC Stanley Cohen Distinguished Research Award. McIntosh is the author of the Family Law DOORS (Detection of Overall Risk), the first tool for the screening of violence and well-being in separated families to enable the detection of developmental risk in infants. Her Family Law related research and intervention programs are housed at ChildrenBeyondDispute.com, including the Young Children in Divorce and Separation Program, an online education program for separated parents of very young children.
Dr Nicole Milburn
Dr Nicole Milburn is a Clinical Psychologist and infant mental health consultant. She has been the Infant Mental Health Consultant for the Berry Street Take Two program for almost ten years and with the program since it started in 2003. She also works in private practice providing infant mental health assessments for the Children’s Court and providing psychotherapy to infants, children, families and adults. She is passionate about advocating for and families and the service system to recognise and accommodate the perspective of the baby and toddler, particularly when there has been trauma or other adversity.
Dr Robyn Miller
Dr Robyn Miller, PhD, is a social worker and family therapist with over thirty years’ experience in the community sector, local government and child protection. She was a senior clinician and teacher for fourteen years at the Bouverie Family Therapy Centre, La Trobe University, and part of an innovative team working with families who have experienced trauma and sexual abuse. Robyn has practised in the public and private sectors as a therapist, clinical supervisor, consultant and lecturer and was a member of the Victorian Child Death Review Committee for ten years. She was the recipient of the inaugural Robin Clark memorial PhD scholarship in 2004 and the statewide award for Inspirational Leadership in Victoria in 2010. From 2006-15 she provided professional leadership as the Chief Practitioner within the Department of Human Services in Victoria, and has also worked as a consultant with the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Robyn is currently the CEO of MacKillop Family Services, one of the largest providers of specialist services to vulnerable and disadvantaged children, young people and their families in Victoria, New South Wales and Western Australia.
Dr Graham Music
Prof Louise Newman
Louise Newman is the Director of the Centre for Women’s Mental Health at the Royal Women’s Hospital and Professor of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne. She was the founding Chair of Perinatal and Infant Psychiatry at the University of Newcastle and the previous Director of the New South Wales Institute of Psychiatry. In January 2011 she was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia for work in child protection.
She is a practising infant psychiatrist with expertise in the area of disorders of early parenting and attachment difficulties in infants. She has undertaken research into the issues confronting parents with histories of early trauma and neglect. Her current research focusses on the evaluation of infant-parent interventions in high-risk populations, the concept of parental reflective functioning in mothers with borderline personality disorder and the neurobiology of parenting disturbance.
She was recently awarded grants for intervention studies in Domestic Violence, and she has published in the areas of infant mental health, attachment disorders trauma, and prevention of child abuse.
She is the Convenor of the Asylum Seeker Advocacy Group. She has been a Government advisor on asylum seeker and refugee mental health and contributed to the development of policy for mental health screening and response to torture survivors. She has been involved in research into the impact of immigration detention on child asylum seekers.
Dr Patricia O’Rourke
Dr Patricia O’Rourke (PhD, University of Adelaide) is a Child Psychotherapist and Psychodramatist with extensive experience working in the public and private sectors in Australia and New Zealand. She has a special interest in child protection, preventative work with infants and their families and reflective supervision. Currently she is Clinical Lead and Co-ordinator of the Infant Therapeutic Reunification Service, Department of Psychological Medicine, Women’s and Children’s Health Network, and works as a consultant and supervisor in private practice.
Dr Georgia Paxton
Dr Georgia Paxton is a general paediatrician who has worked in refugee health for more than a decade. She leads the Royal Children’s Hospital Immigrant Health Service and is involved in guideline and policy development in paediatric refugee health and related areas at local, state and national level. Her research interests include the health status of refugee children and young people in Victoria. She was Chair of the Victorian Refugee Health Network over 2013 – 2015, and currently works with the Victorian Department of Health and holds advisory roles with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. In 2016, she was inducted to the Victorian Honour Roll for Women for her work in refugee health.
Dr Julie Stone
Julie Stone is an infant, child and family psychiatrist who has worked as clinician and clinical supervisor with CAMHS and perinatal mental health services in urban and rural WA and Victoria. Recently retired from public mental health practice, Julie continues to consult with community based services and non-government organisations, supporting workers to strengthen their capacity to think about very young children and their experience.
Ms Kerry Judd
Kerry Judd is a Clinical Psychologist in private practice in Melbourne. She works with parents and babies, young children and adults. All this work is influenced by concepts like affect-regulation, attachment and mentalisation. She also does supervision and teaching in infant mental health.
Ms Sophia Xeros-Constantinides
Dr Sophia Xeros-Constantinides has a particular interest in the maternal-infant dyad, and in the visualisation of maternal-infant ‘space.’ She works therapeutically with new mothers and babies and has also studied Fine Art, recently completing her PhD entitled Strangers in a Strange Land: Envisioning the Darker Side of Motherhood.
Working in PAIRS and CONNECT Groups with new mothers and babies, Sophia has come to appreciate the inherently ‘undoing’ nature of pregnancy/birthing for the woman-mother. She recognizes the vulnerabilities of mothers/infants, and the contribution of bio-psycho-social factors that impinge on this vital relationship formation between a woman and her offspring. Sophia has grasped the impacts of war/trauma on the dyad through learning of her maternal grandmother’s perinatal loss as a refugee in 1922 in Smyrna, Asia Minor.
In her art-making, Sophia challenges idealised Christian ‘Virgin and Child’ imagery. She re-envisions the maternal-infant ‘space,’ taking into account what real women have experienced, reported and written about their actual maternal journeys with their infants. Sophia’s imagery uses collage as metaphor for the disruption of the status quo demanded of maternity, and she uses ideas of travel to stand in for the ‘journeying to connect’ that woman-mother and infant undertake.
Prof Gillian Triggs
Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs recently took up the position of Vice Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Melbourne, following the completion of her five year term as the President of the Australian Human Rights Commission. Prior to that, she was Dean of the Faculty of Law and Challis Professor of International Law at the University of Sydney from 2007-12 and Director of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law from 2005-7. She is a former Barrister and a Governor of the College of Law.
Professor Triggs has combined an academic career with international commercial legal practice and has advised the Australian and other governments and international organisations on international legal and trade disputes. Her focus at the Commission is on the implementation in Australian law of the human rights treaties to which Australia is a party, and to work with nations in the Asia Pacific region on practical approaches to human rights.
Professor Triggs’ is the author of many books and papers on international law, including International Law, Contemporary Principles and Practices (2nd Ed, 2011).
Melbourne University Law Building 106
Please see below list of recommended accommodation options located near the venue or in the surrounding areas.
|Hotel Name||Rate per night|
|Rydges on Swanston||From $188|
|Ibis Melbourne Swanston Street||From $149|
|The Larwill Studio||From $254|
|The Sheraton Melbourne||From $355|
|Melbourne Marriott||From $366|
|Melbourne Metro YHA||From $95|
|Day Registrations||Full Conference Registrations|
|Category||1 Day||2 Day||Early Bird
Prior to 22 Sept
22 Sept Onwards
|Primary Author of Poster Member||$220||$390||$425||$525|
|Primary Author of Poster Non-Member & Students||$280||$510||$575||$675|
All fees are listed in AUD and are inclusive of GST.
To allow us to meet our Conference commitments, registrations received after 21 September 2017 will be subject to a price increase (see table above).
Cancellations made prior to 21 October 2017 will be subject to a $100 cancellation fee. No refunds will be made following 21 October 2017 due to commitments that will be made at this time to the venues.
Please note credit card surcharges will not be refunded at any stage.
Terms and Conditions
The AAIMHI and The Production House Events do not accept any liability for any losses incurred pre, post or during the Conference due to unforeseen cancellation or postponement. In the event of the Conference being cancelled, no refunds will be issued. All available funds will be credited towards a future symposium/s held by the AAIMHI. Registration fee does not include accommodation, meals for partners and tickets for the Gala Dinner.
- Abstract submissions open – 19 May 2017
- Abstract submissions close – 6 August 2017
- Abstract notifications – 6 September 2017
- Early Bird registration closes – 21 September 2017
- Date primary author of the poster is required to register – 15 October 2017