All in the Wilks Family

Bernadette Wilks (Class of 2002) was this year elected as President of the Australian Medical Association Victoria Doctors in Training Group which represents the interests of all doctors in training in Victoria. Bernadette became the youngest person ever, male or female, to be elected to the National AMA, representing Victorian Doctors in Training. Bernadette is currently studying a Masters of Medical and Health Law at Melbourne University as well as working in Surgical and Critical Care in Western Health in Melbourne.

Her younger sister Genevieve (Class of 2008) was this year selected as one of 3 students to represent the University of New South Wales in the 2014 Jean-Pictet International Humanitarian Law Competition. This prestigious competition hosted by the International Committee of the Red Cross involving students from faculties of law, political science and military schools around the world aims to enhance students’ knowledge and understanding of international humanitarian law (the laws of war). UNSW has won this competition in 2007 and in 2013.

In a series of simulations, students are required to take on the identities of government representatives, military officers,legal advisers, delegates of the Red Cross on NGO’s and negotiate solutions to issues arising in situations of armed conflict. Preparation is intense and will take place during semester 2 andover the upcoming summer vacation and during the first part of semester 2014 culminating in the competition at The Hague in the Netherlands in April.

Genevieve is in her 3rd Year of an Arts/Law degree at UNSW and has spent the past year in Guadalajara, Mexico learning Spanish and working with refugees. She has also worked with Sudanese refugees in Sydney. She is passionate about International Human Rights Law. Genevieve was part of the Mock Trial team in her senior years at Tangara and was dux of her Year 12 class.