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, member of the Mental Health Community Advisory Council (NSW). 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), 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 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 , 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