Warwick SHS students talk about future of healthcare at World Congress on Public Health


Teacher Nathan Trengove and students at the congress.
Teacher Nathan Trengove and students at the congress.

WARWICK Senior High School students were among 2700 delegates from 80 countries who attended the World Congress on Public Health recently.

Ten students and two teachers travelled to Melbourne for the event. The school was the only one in Australia to attend.

Year 11 students Alicia Woodruffe and Nicola Hames and Year 12 pupil Georgia Currie gave presentations. The school has been invited to attend the next congress in Italy in 2020.

Alicia said she was nervous prior to her speech but described it as an amazing experience, while Georgia said she left feeling inspired to “one day change the world of health”.

Nicola received positive feedback on her presentation and said people even laughed at her joke.

“Presenting in front of thousands of people was a once in a lifetime opportunity, it was unbelievable,” she said.

“I had so many people speak to me afterwards and tell me how well I had spoken.”

Teacher Nathan Trengove described the three speeches as sensational.

“I was so proud of them; they covered topics ranging from technological advancements they would like to see in healthcare to improvements to the systems and people supporting young people’s mental health and ways we can reduce the incidence of poverty and chronic disease around the world,” he said.

“They were exemplary representatives of our school and the public education system in WA.”

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