Jan Wallent trained as a nurse and moved from a general nursing role to that of Hostel Manager for the deaf. When she retired in 1999, Jan was senior Manager for Helping Hand Aged Care.
Jan has spent much of her life caring for various members of her family suffering from a range of illnesses and disabilities, including stroke and dementia.
In June 2010, Jan received the Joy Noble Medal for Outstanding Volunteer Service in the South Australian Government Volunteer Programs.
Jan is a board member of Australian Families of the Military Research and Support Foundation. She is also a member of the Veterans’ Medicine Review.
Since July 2014, Jan has been a Carers SA board member and since November 2014, a Carers Australia Board director.