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Jerusher Mather

Jerusha Mather is a PhD student at Victoria University studying barriers to exercise in adults with cerebral palsy. She is Australia’s first female PhD student in the medical sciences with a lived experience of cerebral palsy. She also obtained a prestigious research grant from the Cerebral Palsy Alliance to conduct her research.

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Jerusher Mather's Biography

Jerusha Mather is a PhD student at Victoria University studying barriers to exercise in adults with cerebral palsy. She is Australia’s first female PhD student in the medical sciences with a lived experience of cerebral palsy. She also obtained a prestigious research grant from the Cerebral Palsy Alliance to conduct her research. The doctors in her birthplace (Sri - Lanka) said she would never walk or talk. Coming to Australia changed everything for her, she was given therapy which improved her condition.

 

Miss Mather was selected for the Kwong Lee Dow scholars’ program at Melbourne University which is an academic enrichment program for year ten students.

 

She was also selected as a mentee in the L’Oréal- UNESCO Women in Science mentoring program 2020 which pairs PhD students with leading researchers in their field.

 

Mather’s leading advocacy efforts for medical students with a disability were recently recognized by the Australian Academy of Sciences as one of the inaugural STEM change makers. Her advocacy has contributed to changes in policies to make medical education more accessible and inclusive. She is working with a policy manager from the Australian Medical Association to change the selection criteria for prospective medical students with a disability There are few doctors with disabilities in Australia and she is passionate about changing this.

 

Her story has been showcased on ABC, Women’s Agenda, the Age, and many other popular media outlets.

 

Jerusha has also been an outstanding disability advocate for accessible food packaging and clothing. She wrote to companies to make them aware of this issue, discussed her ideas, and some of them considered her ideas. 

 

She won the Bridge Change Award in 2021.

 

She also became a finalist for the Women’s Agenda Leadership Award (Health Category) in 2021.

 

Jerusha was named Australia’s Future Executives by We Aspire.

 

She also volunteers her time at the Northern hospital for social support. During the pandemic time, she wrote comforting letters to the elderly.

 

Miss Mather has also published a poetry book “Burnt bones and beautiful butterflies’ which ranked ten in Amazon’s poetry by women section. Her editor, Richard Potter expressed the opinion that” in her poems were an expression of her breaking free from confines and finding her voice:”. An excellent in-depth review of her book was shared on Daily Californian. She regularly writes poetry and was a motivational speaker at several events.

Speaking Topics Include

Adversary to Triumph – my personal story

How to influence and create change?

Accessibility in STEM

Accessible Packaging

Disability and Inclusion