Combined Dental Conference and Medical Conference

Dental Conference Program Topics

  • Restorative dentistry
  • Endodontics
  • Periodontics
  • Emergencies in practice


Prof Ian Meyers OAM


Professor Ian Meyers is a general dental practitioner in Brisbane Australia, and an honorary professor at The University of Queensland School of Dentistry. He has extensive experience in comprehensive patient care, and has a special interest in diagnosis and management of worn and broken down dentition, geriatric and aged care dentistry, adhesive restorative dental materials, fibre-reinforced composites, and the management of patients through minimum intervention dentistry. In 2017 he received the Order of Australia Medal for services to dentistry, to professional associations, and to tertiary education.


  1. Conservative Management of the Worn and Broken Down Dentition – The Oral Environment
  2. Conservative Management of the Worn and Broken Down Dentition – Restorative Options
  3. Getting Long in the Tooth – Management Strategies for the Ageing Patient
  4. The End is Nigh – Restorative Options for Cracked, Fractured and Fragile teeth
  5. Fibre Reinforced Composites in Daily Dentistry – New Techniques and Restorative Options
  6. Clinical update on direct restorative materials

Dr Peter Cathro

MDS, PGCert Tert T., PhD

Upon completion of his specialist training in Endodontics (1994), Peter worked as an endodontist in full time private practice in Melbourne and then in Auckland. Peter has returned to Otago University and is an Associate Dean (Clinical) and Head of General Practice. In addition to teaching undergraduate and post-graduate students, Peter has lectured extensively at international conferences and given numerous endodontic hands-on courses throughout Australia, New Zealand and Asia. Peter completed his PhD in microbiology and his current research interests are in microbial adaptation and endodontic applications of hydroxyapatite. Peter is a reviewer for five peer-reviewed journals.


  1. Case Selection –Diagnosis –  Success & Failure – Indications for ReTx, Surgery or Extraction?
  2. Access – Canal Location & Glide Path to the Foramen
  3. Irrigation and Medication – Product Selection – Energised Application – Microbial Control
  4. Instrumentation and Obturation – Hand & Rotary Instrumentation – Cone Fitting – Warm Vertical Compaction – Management of the Open Apex
  5. Restoration of Endodontically Treated Teeth – Provisional – Temporary – Direct & Indirect Permanent Restorations
  6. Management of Complications –Emergency Tx – Perforations – Ledges- Removal of Fractured Instruments – Other Difficulties

Dr Luke Villata

Luke Villata graduated in dentistry from the University of Sydney in 1984. Luke worked in private practice in Hobart, Tasmania, for 2 years before heading to London. He worked in London until 1993 when he moved to Aarhus Denmark to study Periodontics. Luke graduated in 1996 and obtained his specialist registration in NSW in 1997.

Luke has worked in specialist practice since 1997. Luke has also been involved in teaching at the University of Sydney and Charles Sturt University since 1997 and 2010 respectively. Luke is currently head of the Diploma in Implant Dentistry course which is run from Charles Sturt University. Luke was granted membership of the Royal Australian Society of Dental Surgeon in 2010.


  1. Aesthetic periodontal Surgery.
  2. Peri-Implant diseases. How bad is it out there?
  3. Cone Beam CT radiographs in dentistry. New technology in your practice
  4. Complications in Implant Dentistry
  5. Systemic Diseases and Periodontal disease.
  6. Communication with the patients and legal implications.
  7. Aesthetics results in the provision of dental implant supported prosthesis
  8. Medical What to believe and what not to believe. How to decipher what you are told.


Medical Conference Program Topics

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Respiratory Medicine
  • Renal Medicine


Dr Glenn Rice-McDonald

Dr Glenn Rice-McDonald is a Respiratory and Sleep Physician. Glenn currently works in private practice at The Mater Private Hospital, South Brisbane. He has previously worked as a VMO at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, a Staff Specialist at the Mater Adult Public Hospital, South Brisbane and Chairperson of the Medical Assessment Tribunal at QCOMP. Glenn’s qualifications include MBBS (1987), FRACP (1994), Graduate Diploma in Clinical Epidemiology (1998) and a PhD in Medicine (2004). In addition to Sleep Medicine, his practice covers all aspects of Respiratory Medicine.

  1. Chronic cough: common and unusual causes not to miss and their management.
  2. What’s new in Asthma and COPD.
  3. What’s new in Lung Cancer and Interstitial Lung Disease management; essential knowledge for GPs in 2020.
  4. Sleep problems: insomnia, sleep apnoea and restless legs-diagnosis and management.
  5. When lung cancer, cardiac and endocrinological problems intersect: time to put your thinking caps on!
  6. Q & A session-all your questions answered on respiratory and sleep problems. (NB invite GPs to submit questions or difficult cases prior to or during the conference. The most common questions/most interesting cases will be addressed).

Dr Greg Perry

Dr John Hadock


Each of our professional development programs is designed to address topics of interest and relevance to our delegates and their practices.

Our Academic Advisory Committees, comprised of practitioners from a range of fields of practice, endeavour to source the best possible speakers to provide a series of presentations, workshops, case studies and panel discussions for each conference.

Unconventional Conventions’ director for the past 20 years is a practising doctor who takes great pride in offering a comprehensive, stimulating and appropriate academic program. Unconventional Conventions aims to ensure that the combination of lectures, workshops, hospital visits, training activities and clinic in the community make up more than 50% of daily activities during the main conference tour.

Many of our travel destinations provide an opportunity for local professional contribution and cultural exchange through workshops and structured visits to local clinics.

Our conference programs are prepared over a 12 month period and full details are available 3 months prior to the conference. Unconventional Conventions is an accredited education provider for RACGP. Application for ACRRM points is made for each conference. Dental programs are certifiable with the Dental Board of Australia.  Specialists may apply for CPD points at their own discretion.

Academic Advisory Committee

Dr Diana Hart OAM

GP in Brookvale, NSW, with interests in travel medicine (ISTM international certificate – CTH 2008), sports medicine (M Sp Med (UNSW) 2001), shared antenatal care (currently on the Northern Area Committee), and Skin cancer (Healthcert skin cancer medicine and surgery certificates).

Dr Jayne Ingham

GP in North Lakes, Queensland, involved in education, teaching of GP registrars and medical students from the University of Queensland . She is Chair of GP partners which is a GP network in Metro North Brisbane. She arranges education sessions for GPs with local specialists and on relevant topics and writes the GP partners monthly bulletin.

A/Prof Ralph Audehm

GP in Carlton, Victoria, and is an Honorary Clinical Associate Professor at the Department of General Practice, University of Melbourne. He has had a long-standing interest in the management of chronic conditions in General Practice especially diabetes and heart disease. He teaches medical students, GP registrars and General Practitioners.

Dr Alan Giles

Senior Staff Specialist, Emergency Department, Sydney Adventist Hospital, Wahroonga, NSW. He is the Area Medical Educator in Emergency Medicine and Hospital Skills Program Director for South Western Sydney and Sydney Local Health District.

Dr Margot Cunich

GP in Bondi Junction, NSW, and co-director of Unconventional Conventions. She is the Chair of the Academic Advisory Committee and designs and administers all the conference programs. She teaches medical students and registrars.

Dr Gary Kilov (1:42)
Dr Asha Nair (1:31)
Dr Ralph Audehm (1:11)