Meet Esther McKay – Trauma specialist

May 12, 2021 | Blog Articles

Quest is thrilled to welcome Esther back as our new Program Development Manager – Healing Trauma.

Esther helped to establish our acclaimed Moving Beyond Trauma program 5 years ago and has rejoined us to help develop our trauma services to meet the need for longer-term residential programs. We can’t think of anyone better qualified for the job!

With a ‘lived’ experience of trauma after working for 17 years in the NSW Police specializing in police forensics, Esther founded the first PTSD support groups for police in NSW. As President, she worked for 16 years supporting and coordinating services to serving and former police and their families who suffer from work-based trauma.

Esther is dedicated to advocating for improving conditions for first-line responders and has raised the profile of emergency workers who are injured in the line of duty.

“We constantly need good young people to commit to front line work so I believe we should look after them” says Esther.

While working as Project Manager for NSW Police Legacy Backup for Life, Esther designed and rolled out a suite of services to assist former officers and their families to transition into new career paths, healthy lifestyle options, and gain access to counselling and trauma care and foster connections with the police family.

Esther continues to volunteer with the charity she founded in 2005 assisting serving and former police who are touched by trauma. She is a keen gardener, loves to be surrounded by family and friends and often attends her son’s musical gigs around the State.

Esther holds awards including the National Police Service Medal with 15-year clasp, the Pride of Australia Medal for Community Service, the NSW Police Diligent and Ethical Service Medal and The National Service Medal. She has also been Patron of the Missing Persons Register and served as an Australian Ambassador.

Esther is the author of bestselling autobiography ‘Crime Scene’ and ‘Forensic Investigator’, Penguin Random House. Crime Scene is under option for an international mini-series!

Learn more about Quest’s program Moving Beyond Trauma

Funding Options for Residential Programs


Quest subsidises all privately or self-funded places to ensure the cost of our programs remains affordable to individuals. This allows us to reduce the fee from $4,400 to $2,800.

$2,200 Shared room (Early bird* $2,100 – must be paid 30 days in advance)
$2,800 Single room (Early bird* $2,700 – must be paid 30 days in advance)

Fees effective 1 July 2023.

Subsidies and Financial Help

Through generous grants, donations and fundraising, additional subsidies and financial help is available for a range of circumstances and anyone experiencing financial stress will be considered. We review each case individually and we do not means test. All applications are conducted via phone with a friendly member of the Programs intake team.


Quest is a registered NDIS Provider. Residential Programs can be funded through plan-managed and self-managed NDIS plans.


We work with Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA) White Card or Gold Card holders to make applications to the DVA Health Approvals Board.

Worker’s Comp Insurance

Residential programs can be covered by workers compensation insurance on a case-by-case basis.

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1300 941 488