2002 Allied Health Scholar
Scholarship biography (at time of award)
Angela Chang holds a Bachelor of Physiotherapy with First Class Honours and the University Medal from the University of Queensland.
Angela was awarded the Scholarship to complete her PhD entitled "The effect of physiotherapy intervention in slow to wean intensive care patients" at the University of Queensland.
Studied at: University of Queensland
My career started with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy with honours in 1999 from The University of Queensland (UQ) and looking back now, I would never have imagined that I would be working for one of the big four accounting firms today. After four years of study, I wanted to apply the skills I had spent many years developing and so I began work as a physiotherapist at the Royal Brisbane Hospital. It was during this time I realised there were areas of clinical practice with limited evidence to support the techniques being used, so I started a PhD investigating the benefits of physiotherapy management in long term critically ill patients. During my PhD, I held many part time positions to help maintain my lifestyle and to experience a variety of different roles - I worked as a physiotherapist, lecturer and research assistant. At the end of my PhD journey I decided I wanted to be an academic, combining my interests of research and teaching and commenced as lecturer and team leader of the Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy Discipline in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at UQ in 2005.
It was during my time as an academic that I went back to study again, this time in the field of commerce, and learnt about another career path - Research and Development Consulting. I discovered that this was another way I could apply my analytical and problem solving skills and be involved in research activities on a wider scale. In 2009, I made the move from academia into an Rand D consulting position with Ernst and Young. Instead of formal commerce or accounting qualifications, I use the skills I have gained during my research and academic roles to assist companies with their Rand D projects. My career has taken many turns over the past 10 years and I wouldn't have had it any other way.
Scholarship Year: 2002
Fields of Interest
Allied Health, Science