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Our President

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 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.

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.”


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

Blue Knot Helpline
Phone: 1300 657 380
Hours: Mon-Sun, 9am-5pm AEST

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0425 812 197 or

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