Making people
the priority

Caraniche has been delivering innovative psychological and behavioural health services for over 28 years.

We work with government departments, community agencies and private organisations across the country to deliver positive client and customer outcomes.

“At the heart of everything we do are connections that better lives”.

Our Purpose and Values

Our values guide us every day to ensure we deliver on our purpose


Connections that better lives.

Caraniche Values

We are committed to ethical, reliable & transparent service delivery.


We strive to provide professional service of the highest quality.


We develop creative solutions that facilitate leadership and realise individual and collective potential.


We pursue collaborative and supportive partnerships.

Our History

From strong foundations Caraniche continues to grow

Caraniche was formed in Melbourne in 1993 by a group of women committed to making high quality, independent psychological services accessible to disadvantaged and at-risk clients. We began by designing and delivering rehabilitation programs in the prison system. Soon after, we extended our services into the community with the aim of helping people get their lives back in control. Before long, our combination of evidence-based program design and skilled, authentic clinicians was in demand across the community, government and corporate sectors.

“We are proud to have grown our Melbourne based service to a national organisation, supporting diverse clients across a wide range of challenging situations”.

Reconciliation Action Plan

Caraniche makes a commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to support self-determination in the work we do.

Caraniche acknowledges the past and continuing harms of colonisation on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, families, and communities as well as resilience in the face of systemic disempowerment. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are the Traditional Owners of the land on which we work and live, and sovereignty to that land has never been ceded.


We make a commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) peoples: our partners, clients, staff, and friends. We will listen to, learn from and work with, always aiming to support self-determination in the ways we work and the work we do. This commitment is formalised in our Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan.


We acknowledge and work to reduce the overrepresentation of ATSI peoples in the justice system as well as high rates of mental illness, substance use and suicidality.

Corporate and Social Responsibility

Caraniche works to improve the lives of vulnerable and marginalised members of our community.

Caraniche was founded to improve the lives of vulnerable and marginalised members of our community, including people who have offended, those with mental health issues, people with drug and alcohol addiction, and young people.

Our focus is helping people create positive life change. As we grow, we continue to support disadvantaged people and extend our impact through our pro bono, fundraising and corporate responsibility initiatives.

We have provided pro bono support to the following agencies: STREAT, Worawa College, McAuley Services for Women, Melbourne Indigenous Transition School, the APS.


Our Directors

At Caraniche we have a passion for helping people and driving lasting, effective transformation throughout the community. Our team are highly skilled and love playing a key role in supporting people to improve their lives.

Richard Cawsey
Chair of Board of Directors

Our People

Caraniche’s people are the reason for our success.

Caraniche’s people are the reason for our success. At the forefront of our delivery is our team of over 150 skilled psychologists, social workers and counsellors. Our people deliver behaviour change, counselling and alcohol and other drug treatment services in Victorian Justice settings (including prisons and Youth Justice), community settings and in workplaces.


We are committed to high-quality service delivery and have established a Clinical Practice Division to provide best practice clinical supervision, evaluation and research capability. This division also houses our Graduate Clinic.

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Our Partners

Contact us to find out more

Phone: (03) 8417 0500

Level 1/260 Hoddle St, Abbotsford VIC 3067


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We acknowledge and pay respect to the Traditional Owners of the lands upon which our services are delivered.

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