Ms. Mc Cormack played an integral role in the development of state-wide Child Protection church protocols as a member of Professional Standards Committees in NSW.
In the course of her career, she pioneered the establishment of Catholic Welfare Australia (now Catholic Social Services Australia) and co-founded Centacare (now CatholicCare).
She was a board and committee member of the National Catholic Association of Family Agencies, Australian Catholic Social Welfare Commission, N.S.W. Catholic Social Welfare Committee and the Australian Catholic University.
Ms. Mc Cormack provided support to victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Wollongong. She is a strong advocate for training and professional development of religious and diocesan personnel on child protection, particularly screening and selection protocols, monitoring and supervision systems, policy development for the prevention of abuse and best practices to protect the most vulnerable.
Ms. Mc Cormack received a Member of the Order of Australia as part of the 2007 Australia Day honours list. Upon her retirement in April 2014, Kathleen was awarded a Papal Honour by Pope Francis as a Dame in the Order of St. Gregory the Great.