Calum Neish

Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Scholar

Calum is entering his third year of studying a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours), with which he hopes to positively impact underserved communities in Australia.  

In 2022, Calum participated in the Global Change Youth Research Program to explore the intersection between Physiotherapy and LGBTQIA+ identity. This has led to a research assistant appointment to contribute to the development of an LGBTQIA+ educational resource for the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) alongside Dr Megan Ross. He also has ongoing involvement in writing a number of academic papers. 

Calum also participated in a 2022 summer research scholarship, resulting in future co-authorship on papers exploring student experiences with telehealth and culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities. Calum has also been a research assistant at UQ to contribute to research on upper-limb assessment of individuals post-stroke. 

These experiences have shaped Calum’s keen interest in physiotherapy research. As someone wanting to contribute to a sustainable future, Calum sees researching and addressing healthcare inequities, adopting proactive therapeutic approaches and integrating more technology into allied health as another meaningful step forward. 

Outside of university, Calum works at the Queensland Children’s Hospital (QCH) and the Surgical, Treatment and Rehabilitation Services (STARS) as an Allied Health Assistant. He also acts as a representative for the 2024 Physiotherapy cohort and as social vice-president for the Queensland Physiotherapy Student Association (QPSA). 

Calum likes to play music in his down-time, having completed his AMEB grade 8 exam on clarinet. He also likes to spend time caring for his abundance of plants. 

Calum is excited and honoured to join the Liveris Academy, and is incredibly grateful for the opportunities to grow as a future leader amongst fellow scholars.