Galapagos Islands Cruise – Conference Program

  • Genetics
  • Colo-rectal disorders
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Practice Management

QI Activity

The  RACGP triennium ends this year. It is mandatory to complete 1 Quality Improvement activity to meet your QI &CPD requirements. We are making this easy for you by providing QI activity on this conference

Galapagos conference ALM and QI activity – DIGESTIVE DISEASES

Speakers & Topics

Dr Kathy Tucker OA

Dr Tucker established the first clinical cancer genetics service in Australia. She pioneered Telemedicine in cancer genetics. She has led the devolution of the specialist led to counsellor led service model for cancer genetics. Her current research interest is the successful translation of cancer genomic medicine to the patient in both adult and paediatric. Her involvement in the Combined Genomic cancer medicine Program at the Garvan Institute as a geneticist and part of the psychosocial / ethical research is ongoing. She is the leader of the Hereditary Cancer Flagship in the UNSW translational research network. She was awarded The Order of Australia in 2018.

  • How to take a family history and what is relevant
  • What to do if your patient brings in a “ mutation report’ from the internet
  • What is inherited breast cancer, how to recognise it and what to do about it
  • What is inherited bowel cancer, how to recognse it and what to do about it
  • Practical genetic counselling for GPs
  • Genetic testing 101

Mr Ian Hastie

Mr Ian Hastie is a specialist Colorectal Surgeon. He has been member of the Colorectal Surgical Unit at the Royal Melbourne Hospital for 15 years after completion of Colorectal Fellowship training in Oxford, United Kingdom. Ian trained in Laparoscopic and Robotic Colorectal surgery and has extensive experience in managing benign and malignant colorectal disease, proctology and Sacral Nerve Stimulation. Ian has published on Colorectal cancer care, incontinence, defecatory disorders and has recently written the surgical textbook chapter on Diverticular Disease.

  • Occult versus Overt PR bleeding, considerations and confidence
  • Constipation, obstructed defecation and bowel transit
  • Faecal incontinence, what can be done
  • Diverticular disease; symptoms, complications and management in a changing population

Dr Dane Chalkley

Dr Dane Chalkley is the Acting Deputy Director of Emergency Medicine at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney. He was involved in prehospital care in London as part of a rapid response unit. He is passionate about teaching and provides informal and formal teaching and examination of more junior members of medical staff, medical students and all levels of nurses and nurse practitioners. He is currently undertaking a Masters Degrees in Clinical Education.

  • What tests to order prior to admission to ED and what to leave to the hospital
  • Fracture management – ED or GP land
  • Paediatric advanced life support

Rod Cunich – practice management

Rod has over 30 years’ experience in consumer and business law, and specialises in wealth protection, business succession and personal estate planning.  He has been a director of numerous companies including Unconventional Conventions and Not For Profits, with clients also benefitting from Rod’s first hand commercial experience.  Rod is author of the acclaimed text ‘Understanding Wills and Estate Planning”.

Workshop topics may include:

  • Estate Planning – Advanced Strategies
  • The Role of a Practice Manager
  • Preparing Your Practice for sale
  • Difficult Conversations & Feedback
  • Business Planning
  • SWOT Training
  • Coaching Skills
  • Time Management
  • Closing your practice – a check list
  • AI and Healthcare
  • Delegation Skills and Getting the Monkeys off your back
  • The Challenge of Transition to Retirement

Unconventional Conventions is an Accredited Education Provider Each of our continuing professional development programs is individually designed to address topics of current interest and is relevant to our professionals and their practices. The Academic Advisory Committee, comprising of medical professionals from across Australia will work with recognised and respected specialists to prepare a selection of presentations, workshops, case studies and panels discussions which will be specially prepared for our conferences.

Unconventional Convention’ director for the past 25 years is a practicing doctor who takes pride in offering a comprehensive, stimulating and relevant academic program. We aim to ensure that the combination of lectures, workshops, and training activities 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. Specialists may apply for CPD points at their own discretion.

Unconventional Volunteering: Introduces Australian doctors to the world of medical volunteering in developing countries.

Current Academic Advisory Committee members

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)