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 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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  • Course Information Session - Bachelor of Psychology and Counselling

    Are you looking for a degree that makes you work ready? Applications for our Bachelor of Psychology and Counselling undergraduate course is now open for 2022 enrolment! Talk directly to our experienced practitioners at our online Information Evening and feel confident knowing you’ll graduate with more than just a degree. Read more

  • Counselling Skills (Foundational) - November 2021

    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


  • Are you interested in human behaviour with a passion for helping people?

    Applications are now open for our undergraduate Bachelor in Psychology and Counselling! Click here to find out how you can graduate work ready. Read more

  • We are hiring!

    If you are passionate about developing and training the next generation of psychology practitioners in clinical practice, would love variety in your workflow and would enjoy being part of a dynamic clinic team, or would love to lead our internal functions…. then our latest job opportunities may be for you! Read more

  • Join our 2022 Course Information Evenings

    Our course information sessions provide an opportunity to talk directly to our staff, current students, and alumni, to help you make an informed decision about applying for study. Read more