Dr Cathy Kezelman AM
Dr. Cathy Kezelman AM is a medical practitioner, mental health consumer advocate, Blue Knot Foundation President, past director of the Mental Health Coordinating Council (MHCC), foundation member of the national Trauma Informed Care and Practice Advisory working Group, member of the Mental Health Community Advisory Council (NSW), member of the Advisory Panel of Tzedek, member of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies Task Force on Child Protection and member of the Commonwealth Redress Advisory Council.
Cathy worked in medical practice for 20 years, mostly as a GP. She has held leadership roles in ASCA / Blue Knot Foundation for 12 years, including 2 terms as Chair.
In Feb 2012 she was appointed ASCA President in recognition of her significant contribution and importance of her role with external stakeholders, including government and mental health sector. She now holds a broad-based representative role with responsibilities across media, advocacy, service strategy and government relations.
Under her stewardship Blue Knot Foundation has grown from a peer support organisation to a leading national organisation combining a prominent consumer voice with that of researchers, academics and clinicians advocating for socio-political 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 the Blue Knot Foundation documents - Practice Guidelines for Treatment of Complex trauma and Trauma Informed Care and Service Delivery, The 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.
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".
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"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