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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 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.


Mr Clive Appleton

MBA AMP/ISMP (Harvard) PostGradDip Mktg BEc

Mr Clive Appleton is the Executive Director of the Private Funds Division of APN Property Group. He has extensive experience in property investment, development, and funds management. During his career Mr Appleton has held senior executive roles in some of Australia’s leading retail groups including the Gandel Group and Centro Properties. He is the current Chairman of AG Coombs Pty Limited. He holds a Bachelor of Economics, Master of Business Administration, Post Graduate Diploma of Marketing, and has completed Harvard University’s Advanced Management Program.


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.


Associate Professor David Loader OAM

MEd BSc(Gen)

Associate Professor David Loader OAM has been a valued member of the Cairnmillar Academic Board, the Senatus, for a number of years. Professor Loader is a former Principal of Wesley College and Methodist Ladies’ College, a Principal Fellow in the Faculty of Education at Melbourne University, a Board Member of Swinburne University and Independent Colleges of Australia. He was awarded the Sir James Darling Medal and the Centenary Medal, for his outstanding contribution to education. He is widely sought after as a speaker and mentor, has spoken at conferences and workshops throughout the world, and is the author of several books.


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.


The Senatus (Academic Board)

Associate Professor David Loader – Chairman MEd BSc(Gen)

Ms Marilyn Cobain MA FAPS


Ms Sian Priya Woolston MCPy DipEd BA

Dr Coral Brown

Ms Julie Chochovski

Dr Jon Kettle

Ms Saphron Hastie

Ms Zoe Krupka

Professor Ben Richardson


Human Research Ethics Committee

Mr Wal Reid – Chairman LLB MBA CPA

Ms Joy Arnot RN Div1 PBNC

Mr John Brookes MBA

Ms Alison Jones BA LLB

Ms Helena Morris MA

Dr Alastair Anderson

Dr Coral Brown

Professor Jolyon Grimwade

Professor Ben Richardson

Dr James Potter (ex officio)


The Cairnmillar Institute Trust

Mr Ian Chisholm – Chairman

Mr Clive Appleton 

Dr Julie Shaw


Previous Chief Patrons

Dr Graham Mitchell AOProfessor Peter Doherty AC

Justice Michael Kirby AC CMG


Previous Council Members

Dr Ian A G Brand AOMr 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

Dr Ray Leonard

Dr Michael Maloney

Mr Bruce MorleyMr 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 BarklaSir 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 McCahonMs 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.