If you have experienced childhood trauma, you can speak with a Blue Knot Helpline trauma counsellor including for support and applications around national redress

1300 657 380
Monday - Sunday
between 9am - 5pm AEST
or via email helpline@blueknot.org.au


Do you live with disability?  Have you experienced abuse, neglect, violence or exploitation?

For support for Disability Royal Commission or general support contact our National Counselling & Referral Service

1800 421 468
9am - 6pm AEST Mon- Fri
9am - 5pm AEST Sat, Sun & public holidays


About Us



“This is such an important service. I feel like it has helped me through some dark times but has also facilitated growth. I would like to say thank you to you and all your staff. And will be forever grateful for the invaluable service you have provided.”


“Without the services from Blue Knot Foundation I would be still lost, I am now inspired to be a counselor to help youths, young adolescents, guide them on the right path in life and not to repeat what happened to me.”


“Having been a member of Blue Knot Foundation for over a decade, I have seen first hand the amazing work that has changed lives - including mine.”


“Thank you again for Blue Knot Foundation - the counsellors are an amazing team of people, and the research you do is invaluable - I take it with me now to my sessions to educate my therapists.”


“You and your teams support remind us we're not alone and personally give me the comfort I need to know this. So thank YOU for everything :)”


About us

Blue Knot Foundation is the National Centre of Excellence for Complex Trauma. We empower recovery and build resilience for adults impacted by complex trauma. This includes 1 in 4 adult Australians who have experienced childhood trauma.


What do we do?


Supporting survivors and those who support them

People who experience abuse and trauma in childhood or complex trauma as an adult often struggle with their psychological and physical health. People supporting them often don’t know what to do and say. Blue Knot Foundation empowers survivors to recover and supports those around them.

Trauma training

A workforce that understands trauma and works in a trauma-informed way supports recovery. This includes workers and volunteers in a range of roles through to practitioners working therapeutically with people impacted by complex trauma.

Building a trauma-informed community

Whether it’s from assault or violence, or as the result of a flood, fire or accident, in childhood or other adverse events as an adult, trauma is very common. It affects us all. By building a trauma-informed community, which understands the nature of trauma, its impacts and possibilities for recovery, we not only support and empower survivors, but we also look after ourselves.

Using research and practice evidence to inform complex trauma treatment, including child sexual abuse

We analyse evidence from research and practice, to identify what works and what doesn’t work in treating complex trauma. Our work highlights the critical differences between the nature, dynamics and treatment of single incident trauma (PTSD) and complex trauma.

How do we do it?


  • Empower recovery and build resilience for the 1 in 4 Australian adults who experience the impacts of childhood trauma
  • Provide support, education and resources for the families and communities of adult survivors of childhood trauma
  • Develop and disseminate best practice and research evidence around complex trauma
  • Build national workforce capacity around complex trauma treatment, trauma-informed practice and managing vicarious trauma
  • Drive innovation in complex trauma policy, practice and service delivery
  • Embed trauma-informed policy, practice and systems change within organisations and the community


What do we believe?



To reach the 1 in 4 Australians who are impacted by childhood trauma and those additionally impacted by other forms of complex trauma


Empowering adults to recover and build resilience from complex trauma.


Our Values

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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.”


Contact Us

Phone: 02 8920 3611
PO Box 597 Milsons Point NSW 1565
Hours: Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm AEST

Blue Knot Helpline
Phone: 1300 657 380
Email: helpline@blueknot.org.au 
Hours: Mon-Sun, 9am-5pm AEST

For media comment, please contact:
Dr Cathy Kezelman
+61 425 812 197
+61 2 8920 3611
or ckezelman@blueknot.org.au

For media enquiries, please contact: 
Jo Scard
+61 457 725 953 
or jo@fiftyacres.com