Health Sciences

Sharne Neill, Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)

Sharne Neill

Sharne Neill completed her Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) at the end of 2013 at the Australian Catholic University’s Brisbane campus. During her university days Sharne developed a real passion for research and she is quick to attribute this growing interest to the research culture embedded within the School of Physiotherapy at ACU.

Sharne is part of the first cohort to graduate from ACU and was delighted with the opportunities on offer in such a newly created School. Sharne was quoted in APA’s magazine inmotion as saying, "Quite a lot of our students have been able to get scholarships, present at different conferences, and go on exchanges to other universities to see what research they are doing".

Sharne was awarded the Best New/Student Researcher Award as part of the Sports group's program at the Australian Physiotherapy Association conference. Sharne's research was a component of her honours degree and assisted the University’s grant-supported study into hip abductor muscle morphology and its relationship to injury in elite AFL players. Sharne was again quoted in APA’s magazine inmotion, after discovering something quite unexpected in her research, "In terms of relationship to injury, it was actually found that the players who sustained lower limb injury had larger gluteus minimus muscles than those who didn’t. We looked at the gluteus minimus, gluteus medius and piriformis muscles, so I think the fact that it was just the gluteus minimus muscle that came out is significant. It shows that it is important to think about the hip abductors as individual muscles rather than hip abductors as a whole group.”

Currently beginning her career as a new graduate Physiotherapist at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Sharne is confident that at some stage in her career, she will head down the path of research, and look to take her passion for discovery to a whole new level. Quoted in APA’s magazine inmotion, Sharne said, "I really do enjoy the research side of things. I like to know how things work and what the best care is that we can give our clients and patients. Ideally I would like to build on my clinical skills in these first 12-18 months or so and then see if I can work with some other people to integrate research into where I am going with my career."