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Helen Mayo House Annual Conference 2022

Niinna Marni? (‘How are you?’ in Kaurna). Welcome to the 2022 Helen Mayo House Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Annual Conference!

We are pleased to advise that our annual conference is scheduled this year for Thursday, 21 and Friday, 22 November 2024 at the magnificent Adelaide Convention Centre, on the banks of Karrawirra Pari / River Torrens on Kaurna land.

With the theme “Enriching outcomes in the Early Years”, we will gather a host of interesting and thought-provoking speakers in Plenary and Break-out Sessions to enrich your knowledge and your work. .

We can announce our keynote speakers on Day 1 are:

  • Professor Megan Galbally, Program Director of Mental Health and Professor/Director of Women's and Children's Mental Health at Monash Health and Monash University.
  • Professor Leonie Segal, Research Chair, Health Economics and Social Policy, University of South Australia.
  • Via video link from the USA: Dr Claudia Gold, Paediatrician and Early Relational Health Specialist, UMass Chan Medical School, author of "The Developmental Science of Early Childhood".

We'll be facilitating multiple breakout sessions on topics such as health justice partnerships for perinatal women, consultation-liaison in a maternity hospital, goodenough parenting, peer support in perinatal mental health and infant mental health approaches will be available.

Day 2 will feature a morning workshop by Professor Galbally on the management of perinatal OCD and eating disorders, and an afternoon workshop by Dr Jackie Amos and Dr Liz Coventry from Centacare on their work in the treatment of early relational trauma.

Click here to view and download the program.

* Provisional program – timings may be subject to change

Dr Rebecca Hill
Chair, Conference Organising Committee

Call for Abstracts

We invite you to submit your abstracts for either an oral presentation or a poster on this year’s theme of “Enriching Outcomes in the Early Years”. We hope you will take up this opportunity to share your or your team’s insights and innovations in the wonderful field of perinatal and infant mental health.

Abstract submission will close on Friday, 21 June 2024. Successful abstract authors will be notified in July, and will need to register to attend the conference by Friday, 27 September.

You can create an account and submit your abstract here.


Registration Earlybird rate (up to 27 Sept) Regular rate (from 28 Sept)
General Admission Full Registration $585.00 $650.00
Student Full Registration $260.00 $325.00
General Admission Thursday Only Registration $390.00 $455.00
Student Thursday Only Registration $162.50 $227.50
General Admission Friday Only Registration $325.00 $390.00
Student Friday Only Registration $97.50 $162.50

Keynote Speaker: Professor Megan Galbally

Professor Megan Gallaby

Professor Megan Galbally is Professor/Director for the Centre for Women’s and Children’s Mental Health at Monash Health and Monash University as well as the Program Director for Monash Mental Health Program, the largest Mental Health Program in Victoria providing mental health services across the lifespan.

Megan is the current National Chair of Section of Perinatal and Infant Psychiatry, RANZCP, Chair of the Gender Equity Working Group, RANZCP and a member of Clinical Academic Psychiatry Steering Group, RANZCP.

Megan currently leads an ongoing longitudinal pregnancy cohort study, Mercy Pregnancy and Emotional Wellbeing Study with women and children recruited in Victoria and WA and followed up from early pregnancy to now at 8 years of age.


Adelaide Convention Centre
North Terrace, Adelaide


Conference Organiser, Shanna Sheldrick,