The World Congress of Chiropractic Students (WCCS) is an international forum representing the global student chiropractic population. It aims to advance and unite the global chiropractic profession through inspiration, integrity and leadership.
As part of CAA’s commitment to support the next generation of chiropractors, we sponsored students from four educational institutions, giving them the opportunity to attend the 39th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the WCCS in Hayward, California this year.
Held between 27 July and 3 August, the WCCS AGM took place at the Life West Chiropractic College and saw over 100 chiropractic students participating from 27 chiropractic institutions across the world. The delegates came together for a week of knowledge-sharing, thought-provoking discussions and inspirational collaboration.
In addition to a tour of the Life West Chiropractic College, the program included various meetings, congress sessions, workshops, panels, research and speeches, and provided many opportunities for the students to engage with and learn from each other.
The CQU delegation for the 2017 WCCS AGM included Lauren Hunter, Joshua Steen and Fraser McClymont. The students found the congress extremely productive, with constructive discussions on matters that have huge potential to drive the chiropractic profession into the future. CQU delegates were key members in the discussion of different proposals and their implementation.
A significant election was held to determine the Convenor of the 2019 AGM, which was won in part by CQU, to be convened by Joshua Steen, Fraser McClymont, Jenna Duehr (NZCC), Jack James (Murdoch), Maddison Davis (Macquarie) and Clare Claresley (RMIT). Students from the CQU delegation are looking forward to approaching this challenge as a collaboration.
The CQU delegates expressed their appreciation regarding the sponsorship by CAA National and the support of CAA QLD, providing them with the opportunity to make new connections and learn from others. The students have returned with a desire to share their knowledge and experience with their peers and other key players. They look forward to continue their involvement with both the World Federation of Chiropractic and the World Health Organisation.
Murdoch University Chapter
Olivia Carrol, Emma Bourgas, James Doogan and James Woodman were selected to represent Murdoch at the WCCS AGM this year. They appreciated the various speeches and panel discussions, learning a great deal from others at the AGM.
The students worked on amending and passing proposals. They started with Proposal 17.1 “Chiro Mail” that was attempting to build a website whereby students from WCCS participating schools could partner with students from different schools and converse via email. This was tabled and eventually turned into a committee to rectify possible problems with the proposal and will return to the 2018 AGM as a full proposal.
Along with other committees, there was also a “Disability Committee” where a committee would be made to help chapters communicate with schools on how equity programs should be put in place. Delegate from Murdoch University helped by providing their equity program which is already well-established.
The students believe that the future for WCCS looks great with a new Board of Directors, two new Regional Coordinators and new members being voted onto the SOPPS committee. They noted that the new Board is highly motivated and the foundation laid down by the 2016 Board will allow WCCS to be a key player on the international stage.
RMIT University Chapter
The RMIT delegation for the AGM was made up of Taryn Blackmore, Liam Burke, Alison Calanca and Clare Halpin, who were in attendance to represent the RMIT WCCS chapter on the world stage and to develop their leadership skills, both on a personal and professional level.
These four students were active participants in discussion topics, proposal discussions and committees. Liam Burke was elected the new Western Pacific (Westpac) Region Coordinator and Clare Halpin was elected co-convener of the 2019 AGM, which will be held in Brisbane in a combined effort by all chiropractic institutions across Australia and New Zealand.
The RMIT delegates learnt a great deal from the presentation of several proposals and discussions. They were also pleased to hear from many world renowned speakers including Dr Heidi Haavik (Director of the Haavik Institute), Dr Ayla Azard (President of the Ontario Chiropractic Association), Dr Matthew Antonucci (Associate Professor of Clinic Neurology at the Carrick Institute) and Dr Richard Brown (Secretary-General of the WFC).
The RMIT students expressed their gratitude for CAA’s support, allowing them to send a strong delegation that has come back with a renewed passion and excitement for chiropractic on a local and global scale, and ready to make a difference to the international chiropractic profession. They are very excited to be hosting the Westpac Regional Event in March 2018 and to be co-hosting the 41st AGM in Brisbane.
Macquarie University Chapter
Alexander Jerominek and Maddison Davis were selected to represent Macquarie University at the WCCS AGM. They were able to report on all that is happening at their university chapter, how they have been serving their chiropractic colleagues by selling shorts, spines and healthy treats to raise funds, and how they coordinate the annual Health Care Cup – a soccer match between Macquarie Chiropractic and Physiotherapy students.
Macquarie University was represented at the table throughout the entire AGM and were able to have a direct say in all discussions, contribute new ideas and also join committees dedicated to improving WCCS, keep education up-to-date and help students reach out to those in need. Maddison was nominated as co-convenor of the 2019 WCCS AGM and Alexander volunteered to be a part of the Marketing and Disabled Services Committees. The 2019 WCCS AGM is a collaborative event held by delegates of Western Pacific Region representing five Universities from Australia and New Zealand.
Students from all over the world presented proposals, ranging from the creation of an international perception survey, a Disabled Services Committee and a new WCCS logo with the goal of being recognisable within the healthcare industry. One of the highlights was having Dr Richard Brown, Secretary-General of the WFC, attend the event for its entirety and speak to the delegates about the current issues facing chiropractic and the WFC's involvement.
During free time, students participated in a variety of activities, such as a tour of the city area and a night time tour of Alcatraz. They also participated in a community project, which included cleaning the streets and area around Life West Chiropractic College.
Alexander and Maddison expressed their gratitude to the CAA for sponsoring them getting to California and enjoying the amazing experience.
WCCS AGM 2018
Next year the WCCS AGM will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa. Many of the University Chapters were hopeful to send more students to this event, to experience what they experienced in San Francisco this year.