Blue Knot Foundation Blog

This blog is being managed by Blue Knot Foundation’s Marketing and Communications team and will be updated regularly. Articles included here are written by Dr. Cathy Kezelman, President of Blue Knot Foundation and other guest authors. 

Should you have any suggestions as to how we might improve the blog or any topic you would like us to consider writing about please let us know by emailing 

How to be Trauma-Informed – for Real!
Okay, we’ve got it: Not “What’s wrong with you?” but “What happened to you?” That explosive outburst? The child wh...

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Catholic Church child sexual abuse statistics are an indictment on the church, say survivors
By Cathy Kezelman THE opportunity afforded by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has been unprecedented. Thousa...

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Some good will come from the horror of the royal commission
What we have learnt is that it was almost inescapable. The revelations at the royal commission of how widespread the child sex abuse was in the Catholic Church has shocked everyone. It really is the first time the community have truly understood how pervasive and extensive this abuse was over the decades in Australia.

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A Physician's Confession
The most important thing I didn’t learn in medical school is about adverse childhood experiences, also known as ACEs. To be sure, if I had un...

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Trauma-informed care (as published in the APA Journal of Physiotherapy)
Childhood abuse can have a multitude of negative health implications, and, as well as affecting an individual’s mental health and social develop...

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Blue knot Foundation welcomes the recent announcement by the Minister for Social Services, Hon. Christian Porter MP on behalf of the Commonwealth Gove...

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Recovery story told by Simon Cole at an interfaith service at Pitt St. Uniting Church for Blue Knot Day 2016
I am going to talk about recovery – not as a professional but as a survivor of child sexual abuse. I was an 11 and 12 years old boy abused over ...

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Acknowledgement of trauma and implementation of trauma-informed practice within legal practice and systems is long overdue. Doing so will enhance both individual and community wellbeing. 

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Why are we further traumatising our abused youths?
The brutalisation of youth in the Northern Territory's Don Dale Detention Centre has shocked Australians. The footage of degrading physical violations and extreme punishments by the prison officers was reminiscent of the torture and dehumanising abuse of prisoners at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison, images of which sparked global outrage in 2003.

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Towards a better understanding of how we can support our Veterans
The chilling public hearing of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse explored child sexual abuse within the Australia Defence Force from the 1960s to the present. The acts reported were violent and brutal, and a culture of silencing, shaming and inaction was prevalent.

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“Blue Knot Foundation has a key role to play in the building of community capacity in care provision to those who have experienced childhood abuse and trauma in any environment.”

NIALL MULLIGAN Manager, Lifeline Northern Rivers

“I think Blue Knot Foundation is a fantastic support organisation for people who have experienced childhood trauma/abuse, for their families/close friends and for professionals who would like to learn how to more effectively work with these people.”

Psychologist Melbourne

“It's such a beautiful thing that you are doing. Helping people to get through this.”


“It was only last September when I discovered the Blue Knot Foundation website and I will never forget the feeling of support and empathy that I received when I finally made the first phone call to Blue Knot Helpline, which was also the first time I had ever spoken about my abuse.”


"At last there is some sound education and empathetic support for individuals and partners impacted by such gross boundary violations.”


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