The 41st World Congress of Chiropractic Students’ (WCCS) Annual General Meeting(AGM) recently took place in Brisbane, Australia. The WCCS is made up of four regions: The America’s, Europe, Western-Pacific and Africa. The African region has only two chiropractic teaching universities, one being the Durban University of Technology (DUT). Four students from the Department of Chiropractic, Keiron Boosi (Head Delegate), Kerry-Lee Young, Kesego Chika and Breigh Smith represented DUT in Brisbane, Australia.
The World Congress of Chiropractic Students'(WCCS) is an organisation whose objective is to advance and unite the chiropractic profession globally through inspiration, integrity and leadership. It is recognised for continually changing global consciousness. They achieve this through addressing education, legislation, healthcare reform and the understanding of chiropractic and its contribution to the optimal expression of human health and potential.
The 2019 AGM consisted of 137 delegates representing 27 chapters from all over the world, including two new chapters, London South Bank University and Zurich University. The theme of the AGM centred around integrity, inspiration and leadership.
Students at the seven-days AGM were encouraged to consider the development of the chiropractic profession and to discuss current affairs in the profession. They were challenged to think about how sustainable health can be implemented within each region and to use the past to help build a bigger brighter future.
Some highlights of the AGM included innovative workshops, discussion topics, organisation development, charity international and charity engagement.
Speaking more on the event, Chair of WCCS-DUT Chapter 2018/2019 and fourth year chiropractic student, Keiron Boosi, said she was elected at the 2019 AGM to be the African Regional coordinator, and part of the team of officials of the WCCS for 2019/2020. She will not only represent DUT, but the whole African region at the WCCS AGM 2020 in Toronto, Canada.
Also, Kesego Chika, a third year chiropractic student was elected to be a member of the Legislative Committee of the WCCS. The Legislative Committee is dedicated to ensuring correct and proper bylaws are in place to ensure the longevity of the organisation.
“On behalf of myself and Chika, I would like to take this opportunity to thank DUT’s Professor Moyo, the DVC: Research, Innovation and Engagement at DUT, Ms Vaneshree Govender, Dr Samuels from the Department of International Affairs, and Dr O’Connor, HoD of the Department of Chiropractic at DUT. It is with your sponsorship, support and continued guidance that we were able to represent DUT at the WCCS 2019 AGM. We hope that we will get the chance to represent DUT again at the WCCS AGM 2020 in Toronto, Canada,” she said.
The 2020 WCCS A.R.E will be hosted by the University of Johannesburg and will then be hosted by DUT in 2021.
Pictured: The DUT delegation at the WCCS AGM 2019.