World Congress of Chiropractic Students (WCCS) in Perth, Australien. by Lovisa Andersson stud. manu and Maria Lind Vilholm stud. manu. International Chapter, an organization under the Association for Nordic Chiropractic Students (FNKS), at the University of Southern Denmark (SDU) The 23th – 29th of August 2012, another succesfull WCCS Congress were held in Perth, Western Australia, by the hosting school Murdoch University. International Chapter was able to send four delegates to the Congress to represent SDU as the Scandinavian Chapter. This years Congress consisted of 107 delegates from 24 chiropractic colleges around the world and it became a milestone for WCCS, with Delegation 2012: Maria Lind Vilholm, Karoline debates about important subjects such as Knudsen Hemmsen, Jonas Emborg Jungersen and Lovisa Andersson infrastructure, communication and purpose. International Chapter During the last couple of years, International Chapter has developed and expaned with more members and new arrangements in addition to the WCCS Congress. Due to this, we decided in September last year to rename our Chapter from WCCS-‐Chapter to International Chapter. At present, we are eight students with representatives from Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Germany. We are a strong team, who enjoy a good laugh together and benefits from each other differences. SDU Delegation The Danish Delegation had another year of great succes at the Congress. Our proposal this year was about having a discussion about the content of the annual WCCS Congresses. A couple of important subjects for us to debate were, among others, the delegates expectations-‐ and content of the Congresses and how to optimize the infrastructure in the organization. Already pre-‐Congress we got support from the Board of Directors for our proposal this year and it ended up being incorporated into the agenda of the week. One of our primary goals was to bring our thoughts and ideas forward in terms of the content of future Congresses. We wanted to shift focus from mainly addressing proposals to include more academic workshops, speakers and presentations around the various member colleges. The discussions gave the Congress a more dynamic debate, with the SDU Chapter taking lead. We managed to put the members’ thoughts in motion and we are excited to see the future development of the Congresses.
WCCS is an international political organization with over 30 member colleges, representing over 22.000 chiropractic students across fem different continents. WCCS was founded in 1979 and has since been held annually. The Congresses are an international forum, where subjects concering chiropractic, education and the political situation in different countries are discussed. The Board of Directors had already put effort into optimizing the infrastructure of the organization. These changes will hopefully make the organization more transparent, open and ensure higher quality. Valuable contacts for our Chapter Last year Congress gave a lot of new collaborators for our Chapter. One of them is the Danish Chiropractic Association, who we have gained a lot of experience from concering chiropractic politics and lobbying at conventions and Congresses. Furthermore, our Chapter have created an increased cooperation with the European Chiropractors’ Union and developed a committee with one representative from all the European chiropractic member colleges in WCCS. The purpose of this committee is to improve the communication between students and chiropractors in Europe. We look forward to a continued good cooperation with all parties. The continued work of our Chapter Following the succesfull Congress we now look forward to a new year with new exciting events, such as lectures, information meetings, chiropractic events, the WCCS Congress 2013 in Durban in April and much more. Our continued rewarding work will be to increase cooperation with the Scandinavian chiropractic associations, recruit new members and to raise more awareness about chiropractic in our surroundings. Thanks to International Chapter would like to say thank you for the invaluable support we have got from the Faculty of Health Science at University of Southern Denmark, the Danish Chiropractic Association, the Association for Nordic Chiropractic Students (?), the Swedish Chiropractic Association, the Norwegian Chiropractic Association and the European Chiropractors’ Union as well as all the sponsors, students and chiropractors that have supported our events during the year.
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