The health of two Australian university students who were injured in a shooting in New Orleans last week is improving.

Jake Rovacsek, 23, and Toben Clements, 21, were shot in the early hours of April 6 after driving from the Bourbon Street tourist strip to the Algiers neighbourhood.

The pair had been in the US competing in the International Collegiate Mining Competition with the Kalgoorlie goldfields-based WA School of Mines.  

Both young men have now recovered enough from their injuries to be moved out of intensive care within the hospital.

Deborah Terry, Vice-Chancellor of Curtin University said in a statement that while both students are still hospitalised, she was very pleased to advise their condition on the whole continues to improve.

Parents of both students were with them in New Orleans.

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  • Glad to hear they are on the mend xx


  • such good news that they are recovering well…but that is so horrible to experience that..i really feel for them


  • Luckily they are improving! It could have gone so wrong!


  • I understand they were trying to buy drugs. Idiots.


  • Good to hear they are improving


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  • Such good news. Hope they make speedy recovery.


  • thoughts go out to these two guys and their families back home – how terrifying it must be for them all. Wishing them all the best for their recovery so they can return home to loved ones.


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