About us

What we do 

For over 20 years, Emerging Minds (previously the Australian Infant, Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health Association – AICAFMHA) has been dedicated to advancing the mental health and emotional wellbeing of Australian infants, children, adolescents and their families.

Emerging Minds develops mental health policy, services, interventions, training, programs and resources in response to the needs of healthcare professionals, children and their families. These include online resources, practical books, DVDs, online and face-to-face training. We partner with family members, national and international organisations to implement evidence based practice into the Australian context.

Emerging Minds has a commitment to partnering with organisations and family members to deliver programs in response to the emotional, physical and social needs of infants, children and adolescents.

A united voice for children's mental health needs

  • Emerging Minds is unique as it brings together (in the one organisation) professionals and organisations from a wide range of disciplines, as well as children, parents and family members.
  • As an independent organisation, Emerging Minds has a broad reach, collaborating with national and international organisations and experts.
  • With the formation of an international consultation group, we have established a reputation as the organisation that is able to bring together the relevant parties for collective action.
  • We work with a passionate group of family members who offer their experiences and perspectives to our initiatives.

A unique approach

  • Emerging Mind's unique approach encompasses the entire spectrum of development. It bringing experts together to advocate, interpret and inform on the mental health needs of infants, children, adolescents and their families.
  • Children are not considered 'small adults': We believe that a child's environment requires consideration of their specific needs, their relationships, their families and their local ecology to support mental health.
  • As a result of our approach, we have had a positive impact at all stages of a child's development through promotion, prevention and early intervention, treatment and recovery.


  • Establishment and ongoing management of the COPMI (Children of Parents with a Mental Illness) national initiative.
  • Design and delivery of innovative elearning courses.
  • Over 10,000 professionals Australia-wide have taken face-to-face and online training.
  • Co-design of an extensive range of hard copy and online resources for children, young people, parents and family.
  • Engagement with international and local researchers to assess new initiatives and translate research into practice.
  • Publication of 'Improving the mental health of infants, children and adolescents in Australia', Position Paper 2011.
  • Funding, model development and coordination of six National Child and Adolescent Mental Health Conferences and the Inaugural World COPMI Conference.
  • Two national scoping projects on 'Children of Parents with a Mental Illness' and 'Mental Health Prevention and Promotion in the Perinatal and 0-2 year old Periods'.
  • Sponsorship of the Medical Journal of Australia Open Supplement, 2012.
  • Publication of a National Youth Participation in Mental Health Strategy, 2008.