Health Sciences' student to represent University at AC21 World Forum

30 April 2009

Melissa Glover
Melissa Glover

In an exciting opportunity, third-year diagnostic radiography student Melissa Glover is one of only three University of Sydney students selected to travel to Germany to represent the University at the Academic Consortium 21 3rd Student World Forum in June.

The aim of the forum is to give students and guests the opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas concerning international issues and analyze them from different cultural backgrounds and viewpoints. This year's forum will focus on "Meeting the global challenges: Production in the 21st century."

Melissa was nominated to submit an essay by her course co-ordinator. Her piece, which addressed the question "What Can We as Individuals Do to Help save Energy?" looked at individuals becoming more proactive within government legislation by voicing opinions, debating and promoting research. However, it also specifically addressed energy consumption in Melissa's own area of study.

"As I'm representing Health Sciences and in particular diagnostic radiography, I looked at individuals but also the issues within the profession" she said.

In her essay, she suggested ways in which the medical radiation sciences can reduce environmental impact and simultaneously increase efficiency. These include using the latest technology to produce rapid, high quality image transfer through internet connections, eliminating the need for physical transfer of films. Ultimately, the aim would be to have paperless, filmless imaging departments.

Growing up on a property in Coolac, rural New South Wales, Melissa has always had an interest in sustainable energy and has previously worked with environmental organisations on environmental awareness and education in schools.

"Growing up on the land, you have a respect for environmental issues", she said.

Melissa's background and personal interest in the environment and sustainability, and her participation in previous world forums on global water in both India and Singapore, made her a perfect candidate for the conference. In terms of career she has always been torn between the health/ medical area and the environment, and while choosing to take up her studies in health sciences, Melissa has actively pursued environmental issues as a passionate hobby.

The Student World Forum, which is being hosted by Chemnitz University of Technology, will include educational workshops, excursions to various production plants, and a University Ball to conclude the week.