Dr. Cathy Kezelman AM is a medical practitioner, President of Blue Knot Foundation National Centre of Excellence for Complex Trauma, member of the Mental Health Community Advisory Council (NSW), member of NSW Child Safety Standing Committee for Survivor and Faith Groups.
Cathy has a lived experience of childhood trauma. 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.
Dr Cathy Kezelman’s participation is generously supported by the Shark Island Institute.