Conference for GPs and Specialist. Dentists are welcome.


Patagonia is a magnificent wilderness which you can chose to explore on foot, on horse-back, by bike or in a comfortable vehicle.

The remoteness of the region has informed the topics for the academic program:

Adventure travel

As we and many of our patients undertake more active and challenging travels in more out of the way places it is important for doctors to properly assess and advise them. This series of presentations and practical exercises will provide education about high altitude medicine, extreme climate travel, diving medicals and preparation for wilderness and remote trekking.

Musculoskeletal Medicine

Sporting and exercise-related injuries and musculoskeletal problems are very common, making up 18% of GP consultation 2013-2014 (BEACH study).  The talks will include hands-on teaching of joint examination, joint taping and presentations covering investigation and clinical diagnosis of back pain, musculoskeletal chest pain, knee and hip/groin pain.

Doctors’ health and well-being

This part of the program will consist of half a dozen interactive case studies exploring mandatory reporting of impaired practitioners, the impact of adverse events and cognitive decline in ageing doctors. This series will be of value and interest to doctors and accompanying people.

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 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.  Specialists may apply for CPD points at their own discretion.

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)
Dr Diana Hart & Dr Roger Scurr (1:39)