Our vision is to advance the delivery of innovative and accessible psychological and counselling services and professional mental health education throughout Australia.

Welcome to the Cairnmillar Institute. We are a not for profit organisation and a registered health promotion charity. For over 60 years Cairnmillar has provided psychological services at their clinics in Hawthorn East, Dandenong, North Melbourne and Melbourne CBD.

Cairnmillar also offers professional short courses and higher education programs through their School of Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy.

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Psychology Clinic Services

As part of our mission as a not-for-profit charity, we extend our traditional psychology services to include a low-cost community clinic.



Undergraduate and Pathway Courses

We are pleased to announce that we now offer undergraduate and pathway courses. These options mean Cairnmillar now has several pathways for people to become psychologists, counsellors and psychotherapists.


Author: Lana Winzar

Postgraduate Courses

We now have several postgraduate pathways available, with Doctorate and Masters Degrees, Bachelor Degrees, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates in Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy.


Author: Lana Winzar

Mental Health Research

Taking basic psychological theory and empirical findings, and turning them into evaluated and applied outcomes for the benefit of the community.


Author: Lana Winzar


of donations going directly to services.

60 years

experience in providing counselling and mental health education to the community.

9000 sessions

of low cost counselling per year to those who otherwise could not afford psychological assistance. 

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