Lynda Jarvis


My name is Lynda Jarvis, I am a woman with a lifetime of professional experience in health, disabilities and welfare services. Although born overseas I lived most of my childhood and youth in South Australia. I was fortunate to commence my professional journey as a hospital trained Registered Nurse in South Australia. It was through this role that I was introduced to assisting people with chronic and severe pain who were living at home in the community.

My next major professional role was in the support of long term unemployed people living in remote areas of the Northern Territory. These roles introduced me to a greater practical understanding of how social and health determinants are inextricably connected and an appreciation of how individuals with disabilities and their families rely on a strong community. 

My passion for working alongside people with disabilities was extended through my professional journey in government services which included working with individuals involved in the criminal justice system. I have worked ‘behind the wire’ providing assessment, planning and transition services to men and women, many with intellectual and/or psychosocial disabilities, to transition back to community. 

I firmly believe that I have been privileged to meet and work alongside a wide range of people from varying cultural worlds and professional backgrounds throughout my career. As you can see, I am somewhat a ‘practical’ person who relishes experiential learning.

My learning has been enhanced through academic qualification including: Registered Nursing, Bachelor of Business, Master of Forensic Mental Health, Specialist Certificate Criminology (Intellectual Disability) and studies in Applied Behaviour Analysis.