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Dr Jennifer Job

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About Jennifer (previously Jennifer Farnden)

Experience

After working as a researcher, academic and entreprenuer life changed dramatically when my then husband was seriously injured and permanently disabled in a car accident in 2008. 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, particularly hidden disabilities such as ABI (acquired brain injury) and mental health challenges.

Approach

Jennifer is a strong believer in being an expert by experience and the power of walking with someone together on the same journey. This focus on the lived experience brings an authentic approach to her work based on hard earned insight and a need for creative solutions. 


Dr Job 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.


Why Jennifer?

Because sometimes its 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' and what is needed at the coalface to bring about real change in the lives of people who enter this world, particularly those living with acquired disability. 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.

Qualifications & Awards

Disability Sector Expertise

Dr Jennifer Job first applied her business and research knowledge within the disability sector subsequent to her then husband's catostropic injuries from a car accident in 2008. She first undertook a swift learning process to learn a range of advocacy skills to support him, and then designed a research program to share this with others. In 2010 she began designing a peer support project and successfully obtained funding to establish Families4Families in 2012. During her time as Chairperson and CEO, Jennifer also managed to complete her Masters in Disability Studies at Flinders University. Upon her graduation in April 2016, Jennifer also was accepted into the DEAI as a Developmental Educator.

Business Expertise

Dr Jennifer Job 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.

Awards

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 Farnden was a Finalist in the Carers SA Carer Community Acheivement Award and the Pride of Australia Medal (for Care and Compassion).

Contact Us ... 0415 822 230

jennifer@lifeupcycled.com.au

Please contact Jennifer to discuss your own or your organisation's disability consulting needs. Jennifer regularly is out and about meeting with clients and therefore contact via text or email is preferred if possible.

PO Box 185 Myponga SA 5202

Peer Support Films

This video illustrates the successful Families4Families peer support program designed and developed by Dr Job during her time as CEO and Chairperson. This film, along with a range of Peer Kits developed by Dr Job, are shared on the national NDIA sponsored PeerConnect website - see http://peerconnect.org.au .

During Dr Job'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.