Saran Chamberlain – GIST Member

Saran Chamberlain is a passionate advocate for stroke survivors within her home state of South Australia and at a national level. She currently works as a Project Coordinator in Stroke Foundation’s Young Stroke Project, and holds positions on the Consumer Council for Stroke Foundation and the Stroke Community of Practice in South Australia. Beyond these roles, Saran is involved in many stroke research programs and advocacy activities. In 2019 Saran started YESS SA (Young Enabled Stroke Success South Australia), a young stroke support group. Through YESS SA, Saran aims to engage with and connect young stroke survivors. Beyond connection, YESS SA enables each individual to customise a community-based exercise program to their own needs, with the assistance of physiotherapists and occupational therapists. Saran also enjoys sharing her experience with health professional students as they put theory into practice, through her involvement in student workshops. Through her own experience, Saran knows the journey after stroke can be long and isolating for young stroke survivors. She hopes through her involvement in genyus network Community Leadership Team, to strive for increased awareness of young stroke, to ensure young stroke survivors are connected and have the supports they need to make their journey that little bit easier.