Our history

1995

  • The proposal for a national association was made at the Inaugural Child & Adolescent Mental Health Conference held in Adelaide, February 1995.

1996

  • A national steering committee, including professionals and consumers, was formed at the second national Child and Adolescent Mental Health conference in Melbourne to work toward the development of a national association.

1998

  • Unanimous support for the development of the association was confirmed at a plenary session during the third national Child and Adolescent Mental Health Conference held in Sydney.

2000

  • The Australian Infant, Child, Adolescent & Family Mental Health Association (AICAFMHA) was incorporated as a company on 27th June 2000.

1999-2001

  • Scoping Projects completed on Children of Parents with a Mental Illness (COPMI) and Beginning to address Mental Health Prevention and Promotion in the Perinatal and 0-2 year old Periods commissioned by the National Department of Health.

1999–2009

  • Facilitated annual Child and Adolescent Mental Health conferences across Australia.

2001

  • Successfully tendered for the Children of Parents with a Mental Illness (COPMI) national initiative.
  • Co-produced two booklets for parents with a mental illness.
  • Established the COPMI national initiative website.

2004–2007

  • National Youth Participation Strategy in Mental Health scoping project

2007-2012

  • National Lived Experience Forum established.
  • COPMI Keeping Families and Children in Mind eLearning resource launched.
  • International Reference Group formed.
  • Publication of National Youth Participation in Mental Health resources in partnership with the National Youth Mental Health Foundation.
  • Social media expansion – Facebook, Twitter, YouTube.
  • Expansion of eLearning/resources for mental health professionals.
  • MJA (Medical Journal of Australia) Open Supplement.
  • Focus groups with primary mental healthcare providers on COPMI practices.

2012–2015

  • Launched and distributed the Family Focus DVD (joint venture with beyondblue).
  • Adapted, co-produced and evaluated new resources for parents and adolescents.
  • Faciliated 'Family driven services' workshop.
  • Promoted and implemented Family Focus intervention training.
  • Adapted the Let's Talk about Children method, including the development of eLearning and training for professionals.
  • Developed the eLearning course Supporting infants and toddlers of parents with a mental illness.
  • Developed the eLearning courses Child Aware practice and Child Aware supervision
  • Developed and evaluated the Pathways of Care: children of parents with a mental illness resource.
  • Scoped and supported the implementation of the Let's talk about children method in adult mental health services.

2015

  • AICAFMHA launched Emerging Minds: advancing the mental health of infants, children and adolescents.