During the research phase, the students learned to work together as a team. “I was the leader of my group,” says Anthony, “but it didn’t feel like it, because all the group members worked together really well, and each made huge contributions.”
Nanako was also very pleased with how well her team worked together. “For most of us it was our final year. We've all had experience working in teams and what it's like. But I think we got really lucky with everybody's nature,” Nanako says. “We were all very calm, collected people. If we had any concerns, we were able to voice them. It was definitely the best team I've ever worked in.”
Anthony, who was in a different group, says that he had a similarly positive experience. “Collaborating with Wheels of Wellness was a truly rewarding experience, because we learned about the challenges some people face,” he says. “We applied our degrees practically and saw how amazed the WoW team was on the day we presented our research results.”
Finding solutions together
During the presentations, the student group recommended several actions that they thought would be helpful for the business side of Wheels of Wellness. “We recommended that they apply to become a beneficiary of the IGA Community Chest, a community support fund where a percentage of sales of some of IGA’s products go to charities,” Nanako says.
“We also suggested to communicate with the Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Services, the Cairns Regional Council and other organisations that are delivering similar services in the Cairns area,” says Kyle. Finally, the group suggested that Wheels of Wellness should put more emphasis on documenting their work and health outcomes, as this would help to attract more funding.
The Wheels of Wellness perspective
“It was such a privilege for WoW to partner with JCU for this subject. The final presentations far exceeded my expectations”, says Yolonde Entsch, Director & CEO of Wheels of Wellness.
“It was also fantastic to be able to collaborate with JCU lecturers like Suzie Pont, who from an industry perspective, truly understands the importance of ensuring students can apply their knowledge, critical thinking and analytical skills to real world business challenges.”
Yolonde Entsch, Director & CEO of Wheels of Wellness
Yolonde was also pleased with the way the proposed findings and solutions were presented. “Each group provided high-quality reports that any CEO, management team or Board could use for decision making,” she says.