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Each of our professional development programs is designed to address topics of interest and relevance to our delegates and their practices. The Red Centre program and clinical visits will focus on indigenous and rural health, renal and other chronic health disorders, as they apply to a broad range of health professionals.

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 practicing 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 Dental Board of Australia and RNZCGP.  Specialists may apply for CPD points at their own discretion.

PART 1 – Diabetes Kidneys and Hearts

Activity 36030 Approved for 30 Category 2 points by RACGP QI & CPD Program


Monday 1 August 2016

Networking drinks – Earth Sanctuary
Working as a paramedic in the Red Centre – T & D Falzon

Tuesday 2 August 2016

Epidemiology of chronic kidney disease – screening and diagnosis – Merlin Thomas
Why aren’t we using more LACs – Linda Mann
Treating to protect the failing kidney – Merlin Thomas
Preparing patients for renal dialysis – William Majoni
Financial Planning – Andrew Cunich

Visit Purple house – indigenous dialysis centre
Visit Royal Flying Doctor Service

Wednesday 3 August 2016

Managing diabetes in patients with renal failure –  Merlin Thomas
Emergency medicine – RFDS
Morning tea
Managing patients on dialysis –  William Majoni
Managing cardiovascular risk in patients with CKD –  Merlin Thomas
Financial Planning –  Andrew Cunich

PART 2 – Addiction Medicine

Activity 36030 Approved for 30 Category 2 points by RACGP QI & CPD Program


Friday 5 August 2016

Visit Mutijulu Health Centre
Prescription Medicine misuse –  Mark Montebello
City doctor to remote indigenous practice –  Linda Mann
Financial Planning –  Andrew Cunich
Addiction in Central Australia – part 1 –  Jen Delima
Alcohol – use, abuse and dependence –  Mark Montebello

Sunday 7 August 2016

Addiction in Central Australia – part 2 –  Jen Delima
Smoking cessation – what works best? –  Mark Montebello
The challenges and joys of working at Yulara –  Janelle Trees
ICE  – what you need to know –  Mark Montebello
Financial Planning –  Andrew Cunich

Farewell networking dinner


Professor Merlin Thomas

Prof Thomas is a clinician scientist working at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute. He works extensively with patients with diabetes and their doctors, as well as performing research in experimental models of diabetic complications. His work aims to identify new targets and advance new treatments to prevent, reverse and retard the development and progression of diabetic complications. He has written over two hundred papers, book chapters and books on diabetes management. His work on diabetic complications has received both local and international recognition including the Victorian Premier’s Award for Medical Research.

Dr Mark Montebello

Mark Montebello is a Conjoint Lecturer at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales. His clinical and research interests include: assessment of cannabis dependency; treatment of cannabis withdrawal; treatment of illicit psychostimulant use; smoking cessation; and co-morbidity between substance use and mental health problems. Dr Montebello is also the Medical Manager and Senior Staff Specialist in Addiction Psychiatry for South Eastern Sydney Local Health District Drug and Alcohol Service; Chair, Chapter of Addiction Medicine Education Committee; New South Wales Director of Advanced Training in Addiction Psychiatry; Chair, Steering Committee, Mental Health Drug & Alcohol Office State Wide Training Days for Addiction Doctors; and Psychiatric Member of the Medical Board of Australian Association of Smoking Cessation Professionals (AASCP).

Mr Andrew Cunich

Andrew Cunich is a Principal and Senior Adviser with Australian Unity Personal Financial Services Ltd. Andrew has worked in the financial services industry since 1988, helping his clients to create, grow and protect family and business wealth, often from one generation to the next. Andrew recently received the Australian Unity PFS Adviser of the year for the third successive year since joining this group. Andrew’s experience includes 9 years as a Senior Manager and Adviser with Perpetual. He has gained experience as a Senior Officer with the Insurance and Superannuation Commission, a Technical Adviser for AMP, the Research and Compliance Manager for Suncorp Life and Superannuation Division and a Principal Research Officer for the Senate Select Committee for Superannuation.

Academic Advisory Committee

Dr David Lim, 
GP, Newtown, NSW, Special interest in Diabetes

Dr Gary Kilov, 
GP, Seaport, TAS, Special interest in Diabetes and Asthma

Dr Patricia Baker, 
GP, Keperra, QLD, GP Educator

Dr Alan Giles, 
Senior Staff Specialist, Emergency Department, Liverpool Hospital, NSW

Dr Margot Cunich, 
GP and Director of Unconventional Conventions, NSW

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