Trudy-Ann Thompson, Occupational Therapist. Class of 2020

Trudy-Ann Thompson


Current role and responsibility

I work in an OT specific role within a Specialised Community Mental Health Team – Psychosis

I do OT assessments and the OT Clinic offers 1:1 sessions for sensory modulation, living skills and other interventions to support consumers’ recovery, group therapy sessions to build daily living skills and improve self-regulation skills.

What do you like most about what you do?

Seeing patients work towards and gain skills to help them manage on a day-to-day basis.

What is the achievement you are most proud of?

Becoming clinically respected amongst my peers and senior clinicians.

Being trusted by consumers, I feel privileged that they feel safe and trust me by sharing their personal stories

What Flinders experience has had a lasting impact on you?

Working together as a team (staff and students) you can achieve more and support each other through challenges.

I made lasting friendships with staff and students, I am grateful.

You can always learn and don’t be afraid – it does work out.

What advice do you have for your younger self?

The first year is the hardest, ask questions and use all the supports the university offers as it makes a difference. If you can connect with a mentor do it they can point you in the right direction and have small tips and tricks which help.

Trust your teachers and tutors, seek their help – they are not trying to make it hard or trick you.

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