Lecture topics

  • Obesity management
  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Adolescent mental health
  • 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

Mexico conference ALM and QI activity – OBESITY MANAGEMENT

Speakers and topics

Professor John Dixon

From rural GP to global expert on obesity and weight loss, Professor John Dixon’s career has indeed been unconventional. After many years of practice at Phillip Island in Victoria, John found a new passion when he turned to obesity research in 1998. Since 2010 he has been an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow and is known internationally for his broad clinical research into obesity and its comorbid conditions as well as weight loss treatments and their effects on health. He is rated in the top 10 researchers worldwide in the fields of obesity; weight loss; morbid obesity; bariatrics; and bariatric surgery (, May 2017). He has over 200 original research and review publications in a wide range of quality peer reviewed journals in addition to numerous invited commentaries, guideline and position statements and book chapters.

  • Obesity and its complications – Nothing is simple?
  • Communication – Language, engagement, assessment and planning
  • Management 1: Diets and meal replacement – Physical Activity
  • Management 2: Medical and surgical therapies

Dr Sarah Steele

Dr Steele is a Child & Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist with a special interest adolescent mood disorders.

  • Differentiating psychosis from OCD
  • When to consider medications vs when to consider psychology for depression and anxiety
  • Update on prescribing for adolescents with mental health problems and when to refer for specialist opinion
  • Child and adolescent forensic psychiatry including school shootings


Dr Andrew Jeffreys

Dr Andrew Jefferys is a Nephrologist with experience in chronic kidney disease, dialysis and long-term transplant management.

He is a Senior Staff Specialist Nephrologist in the South West Sydney LHD, practicing at Liverpool and Campbelltown Hospitals, and the Medical Director of Renal Services at Campbelltown Hospital.

As well as his hospital appointment he has a busy practice in Campbelltown and Bowral.

Has been involved in undergraduate and post graduate training and has participated in educational panels and sessions for medical practitioners.

He is bilingual, fluent in English and Spanish.

  • Renal Investigations
  • CKD, not just kidneys
  • Practical Case studies and discussions
  • Basics and importance of eGFR

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)