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.



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.

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) - August 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

  • Supervisor Master Class - August 2021

    Our Psychology Board of Australia-approved Supervisor training course delivers all components for registered psychologists to become supervisors. 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

  • We are hiring!

    If you would like to have an impact on the next generation of psychology practitioners, have easy access to CPD, and are passionate about excellence in placement supervision…. then our latest job offers may be for you! Read more

  • Stay safe, stay well – Coronavirus Update

    From 11.59pm Thursday 15th until 9am Wednesday 21st July, our clinical services and teaching will be temporarily transferred to online delivery only.  Click here for more information or call us on 1800 391 393 for any questions or concerns. Read more