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Applications for 2024 mid-year intake are now open!

Undergraduate, Honours, Diploma and Certificate courses are open for application

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Feeling stuck in your career? Gain new skills with a Certificate or Diploma at CMI in 2024

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Did you know that our Community Clinic is FREE? No Referrals needed.

Welcome to Cairnmillar

Since 1961 we have been a strong advocate of #BetterMentalHealth for the community, providing psychological and counselling services together with contemporary and relevant education programs.

We have professional psychology and counselling clinics located in Hawthorn East, Dandenong, North Melbourne and Melbourne CBD.

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Innovation and Partnerships

Cairnmillar developed the first human relations training program in Australia; it was first in developing family counselling services in the suburbs; it took programs for the prevention of suicide into schools througout Victoria.


Clinical Services

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

Study at CMI

Undergraduate Courses

Cairnmillar has several pathways for people to become psychologists, counsellors and psychotherapists. Visit our undergraduate page here.


Postgraduate courses

Cairnmillar has several postgraduate programs, including Bachelors, Masters and Doctorate Degrees, Graduate Diplomas and Certificates in psychology, counselling and psychotherapy.


Better Mental Health Research

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

Your gift will help raise broken spirits, assist troubled minds and create new hope.

Small actions, big impact: support their journey towards #BetterMentalHealth.

We make sure all donations go directly to the services of your choice.  


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


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

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Upcoming Events

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Acknowledgement of Country

The Cairnmillar Institute acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land on which we are meeting. We pay our respects to their Elders, past and present, and the Aboriginal Elders of other communities who may be here today.

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