After working as a researcher, academic and entreprenuer life changed dramatically in 2008 when I became a full time Carer (for 10 years). I founded a charity delivering innovative peer supports to people impacted by brain injury and successfully developed this across South Australia from its initial grant submissions in 2010, departing as Chairperson and CEO in 2017. As a Developmental Educator I use my business, disability, accounting, performance evaluation, research and lived experience to offer innovative solutions to both organisations and individuals within the disability sector via my range of consulting services. I am passionate about projects that bring about greater community inclusion and awareness for people impacted by disability.
My focus on lived experience, which I continue to build via the support I provide to my (Step) brother and sister who live with disability, brings an authentic approach to my work and I love coming up with creative solutions bringing more 'float your boat' opportunities to my clients' lives.
Dr Hoysted adds value by offering organisations and individuals within the disability sector innovative solutions to their needs. Working with individuals she focuses on person-centric, creative solutions utilising her expert knowledge, vast network and authentic, friendly nature. Working with organisations she brings new ideas and approaches based on sound business practices, client focussed outcomes, evaluation and research expertise as well as her unique strategic performance management way of thinking.
Sometimes it is as much about the 'get it' factor than all the qualifications and Awards she has received for her work. Jennifer gets 'living in disability world' (as she continues to do via her sibling support) and what is needed at the coalface to bring about real change in the lives of people with differing abilities. As an expert presenter, Jen is known for her fun, accessible, insightful training and information sessions on a range of topics (from Peer Support to the NDIS) and tailors all her services to each unique client and their specific needs.
Russell and Sydni are both highly experienced Support Workers offering specialised services to our Life Upcycled clients. Russell has many years of experience in the Aged Care sector and in many other fields, and provides a range of gardening, handyman, peer mentoring and related roles. Sydni offers various Support services including personal care, inclusive opportunities and has a Cert III qualification and other training. Our team members are awesome - but also, therefore, usually fully booked.
Dr Jennifer Hoysted is a qualified Accountant completing her Honours (first class) Bachelor of Commerce degree at Flinders University. After completing her Doctor of Philosopy (Business) at Bond University she then spent several years as an Accounting academic in both Hong Kong and Australia. Jennifer particularly loved her time as Associate Director of the Science and Technology Commercialisation Programs at Adelaide University, where she worked to bring this leading edge program to Australia via innovative delivery in collaboration with the University of Texas (Austin). She then followed her creative passion and dreams, establishing Casni, a successful handmade bridal jewellery business, for which she won two Australian Bridal Industry Awards (2006, 2007) whilst continuing to teach Strategic Management Accounting and other MBA programs across the Asia Pacific region for several Universities.
Jennifer was thrilled to receive an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in the Australia Day honours January 2016 for 'services to people with acquired brain injury and their families'. In 2014 Jennifer won the Rural Doctors Workforce Agency Rural Community Health and Wellbeing Community Acheivement Award. In addition in 2015 Dr Hoysted was a Finalist in the Carers SA Carer Community Acheivement Award and the Pride of Australia Medal (for Care and Compassion).
Please contact us to discuss your own or your organisation's disability consulting needs. We are regularly out and about meeting with clients and therefore contact via text or email is preferred (if possible).
Life Upcycled has been contracted to facilitate a series of workshops for JFA Purple Orange for their fabulous new SKILL project (ILC grant, 2020-2022). This film talks about this great project, and bookings for workshops can be accessed via https://www.peerconnect.org.au/skill/. We are delighted to be delivering the SKILL Rural workshops collaboratively with co-facilitator Cherie Rowett from Heart Choice Enterprises.
An online training package (see: https://www.peerconnect.org.au/learning-and-improvement/ ) was developed by Project Lead Dr Jennifer Hoysted (with the assistance of a broad team of passionate individuals) to ensure more peer organisation resources particularly in the domain of ‘evaluation’ or, more simply, gathering of evidence. This film provides an overview of the website content and explains the importance of evaluation within the peer support sector.
This film describes the JFA Funded project which Dr Jennifer Hoysted delivered on behalf of Families4Families from late 2017 through to May 2019. It describes the projects' findings on the project's research into the ways in which peer support techniques can build the valued roles of people living with ABI.
This video illustrates the successful Families4Families peer support program designed and developed by Dr Hoysted during her time as CEO and Chairperson. This film, along with a range of Peer Kits developed by Dr Hoysted, are shared on the national NDIA sponsored PeerConnect website - see http://peerconnect.org.au .
During Dr Hoysted's tenure as CEO, the Families4Families peer support network was run by volunteers, and she undertook her role as a volunteer. This video is all about the importance of volunteers and is one of the many films available on the Families4Families YouTube channel in which Jen features.
2016 International Award in Outstanding Leadership in Quality Improvements in Health won by Jen