Our vision is to advance the delivery of innovative and accessible psychological 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 almost 60 years Cairnmillar has provided psychological services at their clinics in Dandenong, Hawthorn and North Melbourne.

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.



Postgraduate Courses

We now have several pathways for people to become psychologists through our Doctorate and Masters Degrees, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates in Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy.


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Mental Health Research

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


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Our targeted community programs, partnerships, volunteers and alumni help us to support our mission to improve the mental health and wellbeing of our broader community.


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of donations going directly to services.

58 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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  • Counselling Skills (Foundational) - November 2020

    Through hands-on exercises and supported role-plays, participants will experience and get to apply the knowledge, processes and core skills required to become an effective ethical counsellor. Read more

  • ASIST - November 2020

    Internationally recognised, our internationally recognised Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training workshop equips individuals to assist those at risk of suicide to keep safe and access further support. Read more


  • YEAST Scholarship

    Recognising the need for more psychologists and counsellors from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds, we are offering up to two scholarships to study our postgraduate courses in psychology or counselling and psychotherapy. Read more

  • 2021 course applications closing soon

    We now have several pathways for people to become psychologists, counsellors and psychotherapists. Find a pathway that suits you and apply before October 31. Read more

  • Fast track your qualification in Clinical Psychology

    Fast track your qualification in Clinical Psychology though our Post Registration Master’s degree. Study full or part time and benefit from our blended online training with face to face intensive classes. Learn more here. Read more