Over the Easter weekend Matt travelled to Atlanta, Georgia, to attend and present at the 37th Annual World Congress of Chiropractic Students . There were over 100 delegates registered from 25 chiropractic programs around the world. The delegates ranged from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, France, Germany, Denmark, Norway, UK, USA, Mexico, Brazil, Spain, Canada and more. The congress was hosted on campus at Life University, the largest chiropractic program in the world. Matt was involved with the organisation for 10 years as a student leader and early graduate, through a time frame where significant moves forward were made for the organisation. A key drive which started at the congress in 2004 was to become a Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) in official relations with the World Health Organisation (WHO). The executive committee, which Matt was on, guided an investigation for how to achieve this. The importance of this lies in having another chiropractic voice, a voice for conservative, natural health care, at the table for discussion on supranational health care policy.
It required the organisation to become a Non Profit Organisation (NPO), and have a series of years of paperwork and accounting details to apply to become an NGO. Given the WCCS is primarily a student led organisation, long term projects are often difficult to follow through. Following several years of WCCS attendance with the World Federation of Chiropractic (which has NGO status with the WHO) at the World Health Assembly , and the running of year long committees to investigate the best country to incorporate, the congress in 2010 incorporated as a NPO in Canada. The organisation is now 2-3 years from realising it’s goal that started over 10 years ago.
Matt was able to share the historical perspective on the congress (as most delegates had between 0 and 1 year experience as delegates). It was impressive to see how the congress has continued to grow and raise it’s level of professionalism. Presentations were given by the congress on actions of committees over the past year, proposals were debated regarding legislation and registration around the world, and professional leaders such as the president of Life University, the president of the World Federation of Chiropractic, and the head of the International Chiropractic Paediatric Association were given.
Matt was also fortunate to go for a hike in the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park – amazing to see the terrain and some of the man made embattlements that remain from the Civil War in the USA.
All in all, a very energising and inspiring 5 day trip to the USA! If you have questions about any of the organisations or international chiropractic, please click on the hyperlinks and talk to Matt when you come on in to the practice.