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What is complex trauma?



“I have attended one of your workshops for Health Professionals and found it to be one of the most enlightening and useful trainings I have attended. In particular, I really got an understanding of how to best deal with people in crisis related to past trauma.”


“The workshop was outstanding - could be used for all practitioners no matter what their discipline. I would hope that you would promote it among psychologists - particularly because the focus was on "abuse" without putting the various types of abuse into boxes.”


“I recommend Blue Knot Foundation's trauma training to every professional, worker of all setting, survivor, and carer. The better trained the earlier the diagnosis and a better chance for survivor recovery.”


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Complex Trauma Networks

Blue Knot Foundation and MHPN are working together to foster specialist complex trauma mental health networks across the country.

MHPN networks offer a forum for a variety of practitioners engaged in providing mental health services to meet to build relationships, exchange knowledge and improve referral pathways.

While networks can choose to focus on a broad range of mental health topics, there is also the opportunity to draw together those who have a shared area of interest, such as complex trauma.

At present there are nine networks with a focus on complex trauma operating across the country. This collaboration between Blue Knot Foundation and MHPN is an initiative which provides an excellent opportunity to promote interdisciplinary collaboration in the complex trauma field.

Blue Knot Foundation is pleased to work with MHPN to support the development of complex trauma networks, by providing expertise and access to a range of quality resources

Network benefits are many and varied, participating in a network helps:

  • foster a collaborative approach to mental health treatment that directly benefits those receiving care
  • strengthen professional relationships and enhance referral pathways between local practitioners and services, and
  • create new opportunities for ongoing professional development.
What happens at a typical network meeting?

The structure that network meetings take is totally up to the group. The MHPN team have a range of ideas and tools to make network meetings relevant and useful.

A typical meeting might include a presentation by a guest speaker. This style of meeting encourages attendees to learn more about each other’s areas of expertise. The MHPN team can also help source speakers.

Most networks meet four times a year. However, interest in meeting more often can be easily accommodated.


Two ways to get involved:

Option 1: Join an existing network

If you live in the following areas, a trauma-focused network is already established. Register to be invited to their next meeting by clicking on the link and providing your details.

New South Wales
  • Brisbane Youth Complex Trauma: Register
  • Gold Coast/Logan City Youth Complex Trauma: Register
  • Geelong Family Violence: Register
  • Melbourne East Complex Trauma (Blackburn): Register
  • Preston Complex Trauma & Families: Register
  • Inner South Complex Trauma (Caufield): Register
  • Casey/Cardinia Family Violence (Pakenham): Register
South Australia
  • Adelaide Sexual Abuse/Trauma: Register
Western Australia Tasmania
To find out about additional networks click here to visit the network map locator and simply enter your postcode and select "Trauma and mental health" in the specific interest drop down box to see if there is a network in your area. Register to be invited to attend the next meeting.

Option 2: Start a new network

Starting a new network is easy, particularly as you’ll be fully supported by MHPN’s project team. Firstly, an individual or a couple of people make a decision to lead and coordinate the proposed network’s meetings. Then, simply get in touch with the MHPN team by calling 03 8662 6643. MHPN will work with you to get the network up and running.

Need more information or want to talk about starting a network? Contact Angela Miller on 03 8662 6643 or email

About MHPN
A not-for-profit organisation, MHPN is funded by the Commonwealth Government Department of Health.
Its purpose is to improve consumer outcomes by promoting and facilitating interdisciplinary practice and collaborative care in primary mental health to enhance communities across Australia. The project currently supports approximately 450 networks Australia wide, 44% of which are located in regional, rural and remote areas.  

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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.”

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“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.”

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“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.”


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The information and resources on this site are provided for general education and as information and/or a guide only. They do not replace, and should not be used as a substitute for, counselling, therapy or other services, and should at no time be regarded or treated as professional advice of any kind. Personal needs and circumstances should always be carefully and thoroughly considered to determine the optimal approach in each individual case.