Kim commenced at the Hunter Institute of Mental Health as a Project Officer in March 2012. Kim has numerous qualifications in business, a degree in Social Science (Psychology), and a Graduate Diploma in Psychology from the University of Newcastle where she acted as a student representative and received two post-graduate awards. Kim's post graduate work in critical analysis and research was also presented at a 2010 Psychology Conference in the USA by Professor Andrew Heathcote.
From 2013 to 2015, Kim coordinated the local MindPlay drama competition and the Youth Rockin’ the Black Dog (YRBD) band competition. Both projects were designed to raise awareness of mental health issues among young people in the Hunter and surrounding areas and encouraged young people to get thinking and talking about mental health issues with friends, family and networks. Evaluations reflected that the competition grew by 220% and doubled stakeholder and collaborative partnerships.
Kim has previously been responsible for work under the Mindframe National Media Initiative, in the areas of Stage and Screen, Police and Courts, working with professionals such as scriptwriters, playwrights or law and justice personnel with practical advice and information regarding stories featuring mental illness and suicide. In addition to this, Kim contributed to the completion of the Conversations Matter: Resources for professionals working with Aboriginal community members.
Prior to working at the Hunter Institute, Kim was a researcher for private enterprise and a local community development group; receiving community recognition from Newcastle Local Council. Additionally, Kim worked as a client support worker at the Mater Hospital Mental Health Unit, 2009 to 2012 where she also received community recognition for introducing musical activities to clients in the mental health wards.
Alongside her experience in the mental health and suicide prevention sector, Kim also works as a singer-songwriter in the local Newcastle-Hunter Valley music industry. In 2014, Kim's musical activities were nominated for a Community Hero Award by the Newcastle Herald and her debut EP launch as Kibbs and Mac Folklaw at Lizotte's Newcastle was recognised as one of the best local gigs by Newcastle Live Entertainment and Lifestyle guide.