Jerusha Mather

PhD student
Victoria University

Melbourne, VIC

Contact me for

  • Mentoring
  • Sitting on boards or committees
  • Providing an expert opinion
  • Outreach activities
  • Conference presenting
  • Opportunities to collaborate


My name is Jerusha. I have cerebral palsy and the doctors in my birthplace, Sri Lanka said I would never walk or talk. My family and I came to Australia when I was little. Here, I was fortunate enough to receive therapy which improved my walking and speaking abilities. 

I am now a PhD student in medical sciences investigating the effects of exercise and brain stimulation in adults with cerebral palsy. I am also a published poet and a leading advocate for medical students with disabilities. 

My story has been featured on many media platforms such as ABC news and Women’s Agenda, WHO, and Take 5. I have also spoken to various organisations including World Vision, Future Female, and Australian Academy of Sciences about my story and experiences.