- Student type: Domestic
- Degree type: Honours
- Degree(s): Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)
Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)
Glenn Millliken knows all about hurdles – he has to jump quite a few of them in pursuing his dream of becoming a physiotherapist.
A Kamilaroi man, Glenn always had a passion for sport and was drawn to physiotherapy after being inspired by his cousin, a physiotherapist. Yet the road has not been a straight or easy one for Glenn. He didn’t get the score needed to do the degree straight from school, but that did not deter him.
“I started in the Diploma pathway at Monash. I did that for one year and I still wanted to get into Physio. I really persisted and got tutors through the Indigenous unit. Then I transferred into Health Sciences for a year, taking on more science-focussed subjects. Finally, in my third year of university, I got accepted into Physiotherapy.”
Glenn is glad he persevered. “Being able to follow sport injuries, helping people, caring for people, giving back to the community. That’s what’s driven me to be a physio.”
While studying, Glenn completed an internship at the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO), which gave him unique professional and personal development opportunities.
He’s now giving back as much as he can.
Along with working as a grade 1 physiotherapist at St Vincent’s Hospital and a private practitioner at Southern Suburbs Physiotherapy Centre, Glenn finds time to mentor other indigenous students. He’s also working with St Vincent’s executives to develop an Aboriginal allied health cadetship program.
“I’m the first Aboriginal physiotherapist at St Vincent’s and I’m proud to be able to pass on my cultural knowledge to the hospital.”