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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 Monday and Tuesday, 21 and 22 November at the magnificent Adelaide Convention Centre, on the banks of Karrawirra Pari / River Torrens on Kaurna land. With the theme “The first 1000 days for everybody – connecting, decolonising, innovating”, 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 expect to meet face-to-face, with livestream options also available.

We can announce a Keynote Lecture in the Morning Plenary by the program leads of Baby Coming, You Ready?, a brilliant tech-assisted rubric developed in WA to embed culturally safe, person-led perinatal care for First Nations families. They will follow this up with an extended workshop on day 2, in an interactive multimedia presentation that will provide a hands-on exploration of this program. This will equip clinicians with immediate techniques and skills to use, which could later be built upon to implement the full program in SA health care settings.

The Afternoon Plenary will be co-hosted with the South Australian Branch of the Australian Association for Infant Mental Health (AAIMH), serving as their local, face-to-face event for the AAIMH National Biennial Conference. Their theme this year is “Choosing infant wellness to grow the new world”. You can expect fascinating keynote talks, to be followed in the evening by a dinner and the Branch AGM for AAIMH members.

After the success of our call for abstracts last year, once again we invite you to submit an abstract for a brief oral presentation or a poster on Day 1. In this way you can share your workplace or research innovations and insights, utilising our conference theme. Please see the following application form with further details.

We look forward to reading your abstracts and seeing you there in November.

Dr Rebecca Hill
Chair, Conference Organising Committee


Adelaide Convention Centre
Riverbank Rooms 6–8
North Terrace, Adelaide

COVID-19 Disruptions

In the event of COVID-19 related changes to the program, we will advise you of the options as soon as possible, including refunds if you prefer not to take part in a virtual conference.


Tina Bull
PIMHS – Helen Mayo House
Phone: 08 7087 1047
Fax: 08 7087 1060