Our History

Please find the key milestones of Blue Knot’s history below. Our organisation and community continue to grow; thank you for sharing in our journey.


  • Launch of Professional Community and Blue Knot Community websites 
  • Expansion of suite of fact sheets to include plain English, Easy Read and translated versions 
  • More services to survivors on our Helpline and through our Redress Support Service  
  • Increased counselling on the National Counselling and Referral Service-Disability and commencement of work in closed institutions 


  • Practice Guidelines for Identifying and Treating Complex Trauma-Related Dissociation
  • Guidelines for Clinical Supervisors of Therapists who Work with Complex Trauma and Dissociation
  • Expansion of Blue Knot Helpline and Redress Support Service


  • Talking about Trauma – Guide to Conversations, Screening and Treatment for Primary Health Care Providers
  • Commenced National Counselling and Referral Service (Disability Royal Commission)
  • Practice Guidelines for Clinical Treatment of Complex Trauma
  • Complementary Guidelines to Practice Guidelines for Clinical Treatment of Complex Trauma


  • Announced National Centre of Excellence for Complex Trauma
  •  Trauma and Memory – Different Types of Trauma and Significance of Trauma
  •  Talking about Trauma – Guide to Conversations and Screening for Health and Other Services
  • Moved into new premises in North Sydney


  • Expanded training agenda
  • Talking about Trauma – Guide for Everyday Conversations for the General Public


  • Rebranded to Blue Knot Foundation
  • Illuminated the Sydney Opera House blue for Blue Knot Day 2016
  • Trauma and the Law: Applying trauma informed practice to legal and judicial contexts


  • ISSTD Media Achievement Award for video series
  • Cost of Unresolved Childhood Trauma and Abuse in Adults in Australia


  • Fact sheet and video series
  • Extensive training agenda


  • Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
  • Roll-out of extensive education and training program
  • Expansion of 1300 service
  • With MHCC received silver TheMHS award for research in Trauma Informed Care and Practice: towards a cultural shift in mental health and human services in Australia


  • Practice Guidelines for Treatment of Complex Trauma and Trauma Informed Care and Service Delivery
  • Expanded brief from child abuse to childhood trauma
  • Launched Blue Knot Day as national day


  • ASCA foundation member of National Trauma-Informed Advisory Working Group


  • National Advertising Campaign
  • Inaugural national day – Forget-me-knot Day
  • Trauma therapists employed on 1300 line


  • New strategic direction with workshops for survivors and health professionals.


  • National office moved to Sydney


  • ASCA founded; ran with volunteers – peer support

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