Conferences and Seminars

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Upcoming Workshops, Courses and Events
For People Who Care For Babies, Their Families and Their Communities


2014 Calendar

IAIM Australia offers a range of community education and continuing professional development programs for members, parents, professionals and others interested in the health and well-being of babies and their families.


Holding the Baby In Mind: Supporting Early Relationships

For Infant Massage Instructors, and any one else working to support early parent-baby relationships

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Reflective function desribes a parent's ability to see their baby as an "intentional, feeling human being" (McClure, 2002), rather that seeing their baby purely in terms of care tasks and physical activities.

Parent reflective function is crucial to the infant's developing ability to not only be able to see mental states and emotions in others, but also enables the baby to develop the ability to reglate their own emotions and mental state (Fonagy, 2004).

In this pre-recorded presentation to members of IAIM, Professor Angela Underdown explores the role of infant massage education in supporting and promoting parent reflective function, particularly with families at moderate-to-high risks of early mental health issues. She explores the neuro-biological foundations of early mental health development, then examines how different approaches to infant massage education can enhance, inhibit, or in some cases worsen mental health outcomes for families.

Prof. Underdown is based in the Centre for Infant & Family Wellbeing, Faculty of Medicine, Warwick University (UK). Her research specialises in interventions which enhance and restore early infant mental health. She has a particular interest in the role of high-quality infant massage education in early mental health development. Angela has authored numerous papers, chapters as well as several Cochrane Reviews focusing on infant massage as well as other interventions more broadly. She is perhaps best-known for her research across several different Sure Start centres in the UK, comparing the effectiveness of different approaches to infant massage education and identifying some of the key features of high quality (effective) infant massage programs.

Presented by: Prof. Angela Underdown, Warwick University

Cost: Members: $8.80, Guests: $17.60

Suitable for: Any practitioners (including infant massage instructors, lactation consultants, infant mental health specialists, early intervention workers and general practitioners) interested in .

Date: Wednesday, 16 July. 2014

Time: 11:30am - 12:30pm, AEST (the webinar will be recorded for viewing later if you are unable to listen at this time - however, registrations are essential in order to access the recording)

Venue: Online Webinar (access to a computer with speakers and high-speed internet connection is required)

CPD: Professional members of IAIM Australia can claim 1 CPD point for attending this webinar.

Register for this event by clicking here!


Coffee & Chat with the CEO

For current members and supporters of IAIM Australia

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Join the CEO of IAIM Australia on the last Tuesday of every month, for an online coffee and chat, to catch up on all the latest news, developments and activities of the association.

Presented by: Alice Campbell, CEO of IAIM Australia

Cost: FREE

Suitable for: Current financial members and supporters of IAIM Australia


Date: Coffee & Chat is held on the last Tuesday of each month (except December & January).

Time: 9:45am - 10:45am, AEST (Coffee & Chat is recorded for viewing later if you are unable to listen at this time - however, registrations are essential in order to access the recording)

Venue: Online Webinar (access to a computer with speakers and high-speed internet connection is required)

CPD: Professional members of IAIM Australia can claim 1 CPD point for attending this webinar.

Register for this event by clicking here!


Quality in Infant Massage Education Series
August Seminar: Making Sense of Continuing Professional Development


For professional members of IAIM Australia. Student Members are also welcome.

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Being able to provide the best possible service to families depends on, amongst other things, keeping our knowledge up to date and developing our skills to more advanced levels.

For this reason, and in line with comunity expectations, IAIM Australia has a mandatory Continuing Professional Development (CPD) program to record and verify that our CIMIs participate in ongoing learning opportunities to refresh and expand their skills and knowledge.

This webinar will explain the IAIM CPD program in detail, with the aim of providing participants with the knowledge, skills and resources needed for meeting the CPD requirements of professional membership to IAIM Australia.

Topics covered in this webinar will include:
~ Aims and purpose of the IAIM CPD program
~ CPD requirements for CIMIs/ Professional Members
~ The types of activities that can be counted for CPD
~ CPD activities for multiple memberships/ registrations
~ Examples of CPD activities: including free/ low-cost CPD opportunities.
~ Keeping evidence of CPD

Presented by: IAIM Australia

Cost: $12.60

Suitable for: Current professional and student members of IAIM Australia


Date: This seminar is part of the Quality in Infant Massage Education series, held on the third Friday of each month. This session on CPD is scheduled for Friday 16th August, 2013.

Time: 11:30am - 12:30pm, AEST (the webinar will be recorded for viewing later if you are unable to listen at this time - however, registrations are essential in order to access the recording)

Venue: Online Webinar (access to a computer with speakers and high-speed internet connection is required)

CPD: Professional members of IAIM Australia can claim 1 CPD point for attending this webinar.

Register for this event by clicking here!