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 need support for the Disability Royal Commission?
Contact our National Counselling & Referral Service on

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

Our People


Our President

Dr Cathy Kezelman AM

Dr. Cathy Kezelman AM is a medical practitioner, mental health consumer advocate, President of Blue Knot Foundation National Centre of Excellence for Complex Trauma. She is a current member of NSW Child Safety Standing Committee for Survivor and Faith Groups, member of the Advisory Panel of Tzedek, member of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies Task Force on Child Protection. She is past director of the Mental Health Coordinating Council (MHCC), past member of the Mental Health Community Advisory Council (NSW) foundation member of the national Trauma Informed Care and Practice Advisory working Group, member of Independent Advisory Council on Redress. 

Cathy worked in medical practice for 20 years, mostly as a GP. Under her stewardship Blue Knot Foundation has grown from a peer support organisation to a national centre of excellence combining a prominent consumer voice with that of researchers, academics and clinicians advocating for socio-political trauma-informed change and informed responsiveness to complex trauma. She is a prominent voice in the media and at conferences, as well as author of a memoir chronicling her journey of recovery from child sexual abuse: Innocence Revisited- a tale in parts. She is co-author of multiple seminal Blue Knot Foundation documents 
- Practice Guidelines for Treatment of Complex trauma and Trauma Informed Care and Service DeliveryThe Cost of Unresolved Childhood Trauma and Abuse in Adults in Australia and Trauma and the Law: Applying trauma informed practice to legal and judicial contexts , the Talking about Trauma series and The Truth of Memory and Memory of Truth 


On Australia Day 2015 Cathy was awarded an AM "for significant service to community health as a supporter and advocate for survivors of child abuse".

To read more about this award >>click here

To read more about Cathy's personal story >>click here

For interview with Julie McCrossin >>click here

"As Chairman of ASCA it gives me great pleasure to announce that the Board of ASCA unanimously agreed to appoint Cathy Kezelman as our President with immediate effect. Under the terms of the ASCA Constitution the Board has the power to confer appropriate titles on individuals and acknowledge their contribution to ASCA.

Appointing Cathy as our President recognises and acknowledged Cathy's profound contribution to ASCA over the last 10 years as well as acknowledging the work Cathy is currently doing with our external stakeholders, particularly government, to place ASCA as the pre-eminent organisation dealing with the needs of adult survivors of child abuse. Her work in elevating the issue of trauma informed care and the mental health aspects of child abuse survivors is absolutely critical in getting the issues on the Federal and State Government agendas

The Board was delighted to acknowledge Cathy in this way and I'm sure that you will all join me in congratulating Cathy."

John Teer, ASCA Chair February, 2012

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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
Email: admin@blueknot.org.au
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: 
Jackie Hanafie (Mon, Wed, Fri)
+61 3 9005 7353
+61 412 652 439
 or jackie@fiftyacres.com

Julia Macerola (Tue, Wed, Thu)
+61 2 6281 7350
+61 422 337 332
or julia@fiftyacres.com