(Dentists and other health professionals are welcome to attend)
The conference program is currently being finalised.
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 practising 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 the 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 Margot Cunich – Co-ordinator
Margot has recently retired from regular general practice after a career spanning 38 years across urban and semi-rural practices. She is passionate about continuing education and the sharing of knowledge amongst colleagues. She has been the director and academic co-ordinator of Unconventional Conventions since 1993 and designs and administers the academic content of all the medical conferences.
Professor Claire Jackson
Claire is Professor in General Practice and Primary Care Research and Director of centre for Health System Reform and Integration at University of Queensland. She is a past President of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (2010-12) and is an active clinician and GP trainer in Brisbane.
Dr James Cafaro
James is a GP in Adelaide and Deputy Director of Clinical Training at Flinders Medical Centre. James has a strong interest in research and education, facilitating SIM training and primary care education to doctors in the hospital. James also educates students in his clinic and enjoys speaking at educational meetings on his area of special interest, heart failure.
Dr Alan Giles
Alan is a 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 Jayne Ingham
She is a director of GPpartners , a GP organisation providing peer support and education for GPs in Brisbane North. She brings 30 years of clinical experience to selecting topics that are current and relevant to GPs. She teaches medical students and GP registrars in her Brisbane practice. She believes education is a two-way street, also learning from the GPs and students.