Complex Trauma Networks

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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

  • Byron Bay Complex Trauma: Register
  • Mid North Coast Complex Trauma (Coffs Harbour): Register
  • Inner West Sydney Complex Trauma: Register
  • Newcastle Complex Trauma: Register
  • Wagga Wagga Trauma: Register


  • 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


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 [email protected]

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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