Dr. Cathy Kezelman AM is a medical practitioner, President of Blue Knot Foundation, Deputy Chair of National Centre for Action on Child Sexual Abuse and has a lived and living experience of complex trauma. Cathy is a respected thought and transformational not-for-profit leader, an innovative strategic thinker and inspirational people manager, informed by strong governance and ethical decision-making principles.
She has been a driving force within Blue Knot, previously ASCA, for over 2 decades, spearheading the growth and maturity of a financially sustainable, accountable and credible organisation respected by government and diverse stakeholders which delivers on its purpose daily. She has held a number of board and key representative roles within the mental health and related sectors, all focussed on the healing and recovery of people with the lived and living experience of complex trauma. Cathy is an authority in the field, co-author of a range of seminal Blue Knot publications and guidelines, and strong communicator as a national advocate for trauma-informed transformational change and informed responsiveness to people experiencing the impacts of complex trauma.
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”.