The Organisation

Cairnmillar Institute is a private, community-based provider of psychological services.  It has been recognised by the Australian Charities and Not-For-Profits Commission as a Health Promotion Charity. Under the Executive Directorship of Prof Emeritus Dr Francis Macnab, Cairnmillar has pioneered the professional development of psychotherapists, psychologists, and counsellors since 1961. For almost 60 years Cairnmillar has been known as a centre for excellence in the provision of professional psychological services, higher education, professional training for practitioners, and for academic research.

Cairnmillar Institute was first accredited as a private Higher Education Provider in 2005. The psychology programs run by Cairnmillar Institute School of Psychology Counselling and Psychotherapy have been accredited by The Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as having university equivalence. The counselling and psychotherapy programs have been accredited by The Psychotherapists and Counsellors Federation of Australia (PACFA). Cairnmillar currently has over 60 staff, 170 post graduate students studying the health sciences, operates at four sites, has three student psychology clinics, and a footprint that covers regional and country Victoria. We have partnerships with over forty allied health services, schools, and community based organisations.

Cairnmillar Institute currently holds authorisation and accreditation to conduct the following higher education programs:

The Chief Patron

Commissioner, the Honourable Marcia Neave AO

The Honourable Marcia Neave AO was a judge of the Court of Appeal until her appointment as the Chair of the Royal Commission into Family Violence in February 2015. Commissioner Neave has been a professor at three Australian universities and has always had an interest in the way the law responds to the needs of women. She taught family law at Monash University. She was the foundation Chair of the Victorian Law Reform Commission which worked on projects including Defences to Homicide, Sexual Offences and Reproductive Technology. In the early 1980s she was Research Director and a part-time Commissioner at the New South Wales Law Reform Commission.


The Cairnmillar Institute Council Members

Mr Rowan Kennedy – Chairman


Mr Rowan Kennedy has had a distinguished career in the law and in his contribution to the community. He recently retired as a partner from the international law firm, Mallesons Stephen Jaques, (now King Wood Mallesons) after 37 years of service. He is a past president of the Victorian Division of the Heart Foundation. He is interested in environmentally sustainable industries, including the treatment of polluted water and the production of Natural Australian Pyrethrin. He is also a director of a number of companies. He is involved in a number of organisations, charitable foundations and sporting activities.


Dr Coral Brown


Dr Coral Brown is the former Assistant Director at Cairnmillar where she worked for many years in management and as a clinician. She was instrumental in establishing the Institute as a Higher Education Provider, and now plays an active role as a Member of the Council, the Academic Board, and The Human Research Ethics Committee. Dr Brown is a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society and has lectured on brief therapy in Australia, the U.S.A. and Turkey. She currently consults, provides professional and thesis supervision, and writes.


Professor Emeritus John Charles Catford


Professor Emeritus John Catford has specialist medical qualifications in paediatrics and public health.  He has been a Professor of Public Health for over thirty years and has held senior academic and health service management positions in Australia and the UK, and with the World Health Organisation.  He trained in medicine at Cambridge University, paediatrics at the London Hospital, public health medicine at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and received his Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Southampton.  He has been responsible for authoring, editing and/or publishing over 500 titles including 180 journal articles, books, and monographs.  From 1998 to 2002 Professor Catford was the Chief Health/Medical Officer and Executive Director of Public Health for the State Government of Victoria, and served on the executive of the National Health and Medical Research Council.  From 2002, as Dean of the Faculty of Health, Medicine, Nursing and Behavioural Sciences at Deakin University, he led the establishment of the Deakin Medical School which opened in Geelong in January 2008 as well as a number of other health related initiatives.  During this time, he was also Board Chair of the Postgraduate Medical Council of Victoria. 

In 2011 Professor Catford was appointed as Vice President and Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) of Deakin University and was awarded the title of Professor Emeritus in 2013.  He has recently completed his five-year contract as Group Executive Director, Academic and Medical, for the Epworth HealthCare Group and continues providing support as Consultant Emeritus.  Professor Catford has held a number of board and director positions including with the National Heart Foundation, Diabetes Australia, Australia New Zealand Food Authority, and Windermere Foundation.  He was appointed by the Victorian Government as a Board Member to lead the health components of the 2014 and 2015/6 Board of Inquiries into the Hazelwood Mine Fire in the Latrobe Valley.  Other recent appointments have been as Board Chairs of VicHealth/Victorian Health Promotion Foundation and the Youth Support and Advocacy Service (YSAS) which includes FebFast.  Professor Catford was appointed as Board Director of the Cairnmillar Institute in 2018 and chairs its Academic Board.  He is also Chair of the Latrobe Health Assembly, Chair of the Editorial Board of Health Promotion International, Member of the Clinical Council of the Melbourne Primary Health Network, and Member of the Victorian Government DHHS Voluntary Assisted Dying Implementation Taskforce.  He is a founding Director of Eve Learning Pty Ltd a new Australian company, based in Melbourne Victoria, that partners with organisations to help them raise their ‘performance through learning exactly delivered’.


Ms Lisa Cusano

Mr Ian Chisholm


Mr Ian Chisholm is a director of the Selectus Salary Packaging group. He was previously, Managing Director of Westaff, and General Manager of the Asia Pacific Region of McPherson’s Limited. He has held senior marketing positions with Mars, Herbert Adams and Petersville. Ian has been a member of a number of industry councils. He has also held positions with the Lauriston Girls School Foundation, The Career Transition Consortium and Brand Value Audits. He has also been involved with Amcham, The Australian Chamber of Manufacturers, and The International Trade Council. He has been a member of the Cairnmillar Council since 1995.


Ms Carolyn Deveny


Ms Carolyn Deveny joined the Council of the Cairnmillar Institute in October 2016. She is currently the Chief Financial Officer for Computershare’s Corporate and Global Technology divisions where she is a key member of the finance and technology leadership teams. Prior to her appointment as Chief Financial Officer, Carolyn was the Group Financial Controller with responsibility for the Group’s external statutory reporting and technical accounting guidance. Prior to commencing with Computershare in 2005, Carolyn began her career with Ernst & Young in external audit. This led to various financial accounting roles including working with UBS in London and Sydney before returning to Ernst & Young in financial services audit division in both Sydney and Melbourne.


Professor Marita McCabe


Professor Marita McCabe is a Research Professor in Psychological Sciences at Swinburne University. She is a highly regarded academic who conducts theoretical and applied research in the areas of ageing, body image disorders, depression and sexual health. Professor McCabe has a significant publication record, with more than 400 refereed articles in these areas. In the last 10 years, her research has attracted more than $12 million in Category One funding. She is a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society and a member of the Clinical and Health Colleges of the APS. Professor McCabe is currently leading a NHMRC-funded project to train staff to implement consumer-directed care (CDC) in residential aged care facilities. With total funding to date of around $2.5 million, the CDC program is designed to improve the levels of choice, control and the quality of life for residents in residential care, as well as for staff members working at these facilities. She is Associate Editor of Journal of Sexual Medicine and Body Image and on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Sex Research as well as two other Journals.


Mr Les Posen


Les Posen is a Clinical Psychologist in independent practice and a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society, with whom he has held elected positions and Advisory Group memberships.  He is also in his third term as President of a Melbourne-based Macintosh User Group.  Les specialises in the application of cutting edge technologies to the assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders, and was one of the first to introduce Virtual reality treatments into psychological practice in the world (2001).  He also trains workshops for professional on bets practices using technologies to enhance psychological work, as well as training in presentation skills for those in the sciences and research to bring their often complex messages to lay audiences in persuasive and engaging means.  For this, he has given presentations to Apple staff in the US using the very same software they have developed.  Les was in the teaching faculty for Macworld in San Francisco for several years, commencing in 2008.  In his spare time, he teaches folk dance, and for holidays he can be found on South Sea Cruises guest lecturing on subject as diverse as “how your brain works” to “The latest tech gizmos and gadgets”.


Dr Julie Shaw


Dr Julie Shaw had many years of experience as a clinical psychologist and academic when, following MBA studies, she changed focus to large scale education and training, service planning and workforce development projects in health-related areas including radiology, dental/oral health, newborn resuscitation, general practice and clinical placements.  She is also the author of several management textbooks and a wide range of professional publications.


Professor Kathryn von Treuer


Professor von Treuer commenced as Executive Director of the Cairnmillar Institute in April 2016. She is a registered psychologist and an endorsed health and organisational psychologist, and sits on the Psychology Board of Australia. Her post graduate studies in psychology together with her business qualifications complement extensive industry experience in senior management across various sectors. Because of her commitment to healthcare professions, psychology services, and education, she was invited to be an Honorary Associate Professor with the School of Medicine at Deakin University. Her research in education has been presented nationally and internationally, and she is a significant contributor to CMI, both locally and internationally.


Academic Board

Emeritus Professor John Catford (Chair)

Emeritus Professor Joe Graffam

Adjunct Professor George Habib

Associate Professor Wendy Sutherland-Smith

Dr Zoe Krupka

Dr Steven Trawley

Ms Alex Griffiths

Ms Catherine Keady


Human Research Ethics Committee

Ms Mary Anne Hartley

Ms Felicity Kaye

Mr John Brookes 

Dr Joanne Brooker 

Dr Coral Brown

Mr John Fidler

Ms Alison Jones 

Dr Chris Kilby 

Prof Tess Knight

Dr RoseAnne Misajon

Dr Steven Trawley

Mr Neil Blood

Ms Irini Piperoglou


The Cairnmillar Institute Trust

Mr Ian Chisholm – Chair

Ms Carolyn Deveny

Dr Julie Shaw


Honorary Appointments

Adj Prof Melissa Casey

Adj Prof George Habib 

Prof Paul Maruff   

Prof David Mellor   

Adj Prof Monica O’Kelly

Prof Ben Richardson 

Dr Graham Scott


Previous Chief Patrons

Dr Graham Mitchell AO

Professor Peter Doherty AC

Justice Michael Kirby AC CMG


Previous Council Members

Mr Clive Appleton

Dr Ian A G Brand AO

Mr Cliff Breeze – Chair

Mr Maurice Brown – Chair

Mr John Coles

Ms Lenore Cox

Mr Ian Croll

Mr Joe Dames

Mr Trevor Fowler

Mr Barry Fox

Mrs Mardi Hare

Dr Jo Horwood

Mr Peter Isaacson AM

Mr Tony Johnson

Mr Michael Johnstone – Chair

Mr Des Jones

Dr F Denis Kiellerup

Ms Sarah Lowe

Assoc Prof David Loader OAM

Dr Ray Leonard

Emeritus Prof Francis Macnab AM


Dr Michael Maloney

Mr Bruce Morley

Mr Roger Morse

Mr Peter O’Donohue

Mrs Yvonne Oeser

Dr Philip H N Opas QC – Chair

Dr James Potter – Chair 

Professor Ian Rae

Mrs Jennifer Raper OAM

Mr Martin Randall

Professor Brian Smith AO

Dr Robin Stewardson

Mrs Patsy Stubbs

Prof Maxwell Thompson

Mrs Maureen Thompson

Rev Tom Timpson

Mr John Wade

Dr Bruce Watson

Mrs Jenny Webster

Dr Geoff Wigley



Previous Members of The Cairnmillar Institute Trust

Mr John Barkla

Sir Hugh Brain

Mr John Crutch

Mr John Dixon

Mr Ian Dunn – Chair

Mr Trevor Fowler

Mr Abe Grutzner

Mr Ralph Hosking

The Hon Alexander Mair – Chair


Mr John McCahon

Ms Susan McCarthy

Mr Robert Money – Chair

Mr Colin Neave AM

Mr Daroll Nelson

Mr Ian Nichol

Mrs Philippa de Voil

Mr Ross Scholes-Robertson – Chair

Mr Andrew Scott



Code of Practice

Cairnmillar Institute services, courses and programs are developed under Cairnmillar’s philosophy, values, policies, procedures and regulations that govern the Institute. Cairnmillar is built and governed through the following values and beliefs:


  • Transparency
  • Integrity
  • Accountability
  • Professionalism
  • Prudence
  • Good corporate governance
  • Compliance with government regulations such as the ESOS Act (2000), The National Code of Practice, DIAC regulations, and the Higher Education Support Act (2007)
  • Fair and equitable policies and procedures that are fair to staff, clients, students and stakeholders
  • Excellent relationships and diligence
  • Community support
  • Minimisation of risk to clients, staff, students and stakeholders via regular independent compliance audits and continuous improvement.