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Chavannah joins doctors of the Carribean
A 16-YEAR-OLD Gawler Belt high school
student is hoping to gain valuable experi-
ence towards her ambition of becoming a
neonatal nurse, during a trip to the Carib-
bean later this year.
Chavannah Cormack has successfully
applied for a placement at a hospital in the
Dominican Republic in July through Gap
Medics, an international medical work expe-
rience program for school and undergraduate
students 16 years and older.
The Gawler Belt resident, who is set to
start year 11 at Xavier College this year, said
the placement will provide her with first-
hand clinical experience over two weeks at
the hospital, based in the town of La Roma-
"It's a bit scary, but it's really exciting, and
it'll be a new experience," she said.
"For the first week I'll be in the paediat-
rics, and in the second week I'll be in the ob-
stetrics department -- all in the one hospital."
During the placement, Miss Cormack said
she will be shadowing local doctors and pos-
sibly even participating in surgeries as well.
She applied for the Dominican Repub-
lic-based placement to learn more about a
foreign healthcare system and a new culture.
"You can do (the program) over there be-
cause over here, with privacy concerns, you
can't (shadow doctors), and also to see new
cultures and how healthcare is different in
tropical regions, compared to here," Miss
"I could've gone to the Dominican Repub-
lic or I could've chosen Poland, but I chose
the Dominican Republic because Poland's a
bit similar to here, in their technology and
The 16-year-old has already picked out
what career pathway she has her eyes set on,
with ambitions to pursue a career as a neona-
tal medical professional.
"I've got younger siblings, who were born
when I was 10 and 12, and they were in the
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, so I, kind of,
saw that and loved it," she said.
"That's when I decided that that's what I
wanted to do."
While she has already been accepted into
the program, Miss Cormack needs to fund-
raise $5000 to cover all her expenses, and
has started a GoFundMe page to help her
For more information on her trip, or to do-
nate, visit gofundme.com/gap-medics-fund-
Gawler Belt resident Chavannah Cormack, 16, is hopeful of gaining valuable clinical experience via a
placement in the Dominican Republic this July.
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Be prepared for
Braves' new art exhibition
YOUNG athletes living with a
disability have put down their
sports equipment and picked
up a paintbrush as part of the
Gawler Community Gallery's
'Where I'm Coming From' ex-
Drawing inspiration from a
successful 2017, members of
the Northern Braves communi-
ty group have created a collage
of their sporting achievements
as part of the exhibition, which
opened last weekend.
The Northern Braves has
around 35 active members and
seeks to connect young people
living with a disability in the
north by introducing them to or-
Team manager Gill Taylor
said with the school holidays in
full swing, the group decided
to move away from sport and
get their creative juices flowing
through an artistic exercise.
"We branched out into an art
project, which is a new thing for
us, but the kids have absolutely
loved it," she said.
"Our youngest member is
eight years old and the oldest
athlete we have is 30, so they're
all different ages.
"Some are still at school and
do lots of art activities, but others
have just finished so they don't
do much of that anymore, so they
were really excited and loved it."
The group used straws and
many different colours of paint
to decorate the canvas, before
team leaders helped the athletes
choose their favourite photos of
themselves participating in sport
Mrs Taylor said while the
group's focus has traditionally
been around sporting activities,
the positive benefits surround-
ing each group activity has had a
huge impact on the kids.
"I think it's really important
for us to be involved in all com-
munity activities and I'm really
proud of all the kids for their ef-
forts," she said.
"Some of them hadn't been
overly social or had any friends
before (they joined the group),
but now they all can say that they
have a group of friends.
"They've got just as much of a
right as anyone else does and we
constantly talk about the kids'
ability, rather than their disabil-
The Northern Braves' pho-
to collage can be viewed at the
Gawler Community Gallery in
the old stationmaster's house at
the Gawler railway station.
The gallery is open on Satur-
days from 10am-4pm and Sun-
days from 9am-3pm.
Northern Braves members Noah Shoumack (left), Nicole Hull, Holly Taylor and Nick Fulwood
with the group's entry into the Gawler Community Gallery's 'Where I'm Coming From' exhibition.
PHOTO: Tom Staggard
Madison elected as
MADISON Kennewell will take her
place as the new chairperson of the
Gawler Youth Advisory Committee
(YAC) after she was voted in by her
peers at last month's meeting.
Madison will be appointed to the po-
sition for a one-year term, replacing
outgoing chairperson Jade Kirby, who
resigned in December.
Daniel Niutta will serve as Madison's
understudy after he was elected as deputy
Sebastian Trudgen and Luke Mollet
were also appointed as the two newest
members of the YAC.
More positions on the YAC will be
filled in the coming months after a tech-
nical problem, highlighted in the com-
mittee's agenda, caused some expres-
sions of interest to not reach committee
members and council staff.
To register your interest, contact youth
development officer Ebony Steadman
(8522 9295 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
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