Meet Our Occupational Therapists

Kirstin Hopkins

Occupational Therapist

Kirstin is a skilled Mental Health Occupational Therapist with over 10 years’ experience. Her experience includes acute inpatient, rehabilitation and community settings. Kirstin has worked across various Prince of Wales Hospital acute mental health inpatient units, including intensive care, and more recently began working in the private sector, providing MHOT services to NDIS participants with a psychosocial disability (since 2019).

Kirstin works collaboratively, compassionately and assertively with her clients and their families/ carers, by supporting them to develop the skills they require to empower themselves in order to live their best lives. Areas of proficiency include working with adults who have Schizophrenia, Bipolar Affective Disorder, Depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, and Anxiety. She has a growing interest in advocating for and respectfully supporting Neurodiversity, and these clients’ individual functional and sensory needs. Kirstin is committed to ongoing professional development, learning from those with a ‘lived experience’, and regularly engages in training courses and conferences, to ensure adherence to current best practice.

Kirstin is able to assist NDIS participants and their families/ carers with identifying appropriate levels of support and accommodation needs (SIL/ SDA), as well as building capacity with respect to functional and vocational skill development. Kirstin works to support positive engagement with all
her clients, including the use of sensory approaches to support regulation and enable improved participation in day-to-day and meaningful activities, as well as using collaborative and proactive measures to problem-solve solutions to supposed ‘challenging behaviours’.

Kirstin is a mum to two young active boys who keep her on her toes! Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family, baking (usually with the youngest member of the family!), and appreciating our outdoor lifestyle.