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Highlights include:

– Luxury all-inclusive river cruise

– Picturesque villages

– Gorgeous verdant river valley

– Gourmet food and wine

– Splendid Lisbon and Porto

– The Portuguese pilgrim trail

Academic Program.


Old age psychiatry– Scientia Professor Perminder Sachdev, Neuropsychiatrist at the University of New South Wales, Co-Director of the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA) and Clinical Director of the Neuropsychiatric Institute (NPI).  (topics to be confirmed)

Early diagnosis of cognitive impairment
Management and drug treatment of cognitive impairment
Management of mild and severe behavioural problems
Psychiatric disorders in ageing

Ships And Cabins.

The Queen Isabel provides an up-close and unforgettable view of Portugal’s Douro River Valley—a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site—renowned for its dramatic, rugged scenery and pristine waters.

Named after Portugal’s beloved queen, this boutique 118-passenger vessel is the most unique and stately ship on the Douro, a wonderful place to admire the region’s steeply terraced hillside vineyards and charming wine estates.

Main Conference.


Join us on a voyage of discovery.

Start in Porto, a heady mix of medieval buildings, old shops, wine cellars, baroque churches and gleaming modern buildings and the hippest restaurants and bars.  Cruise along the Douro Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where every hillside is blanketed by terraced vineyards surrounding stately whitewashed villas. Visit quaint little villages and admire the increasingly rugged landscape as you travel east. And, of course, share gourmet food and fabulous regional wines for a magical week.

Pre Conference Tour.


Join us on this wonderful introduction to Portugal. Beautiful Lisbon with meandering cobble-stone alleys, the clatter of yellow trams, the grandeur of churches and cathedrals, vibrant plazas filled with cafes, bars and restaurants and the dramatic, soulful sounds of Fado. And between Lisbon and Porto,  visit quaint villages, imposing forts, chic coastal towns and enjoy panoramic rural and Atlantic vistas.

This is a journey not to be missed.

Post Conference Tour – Walk and Bike.


What a great opportunity to do the Pilgrim’s Way in comfort – with your luggage appearing at your lovely hotel where you can enjoy a hot shower, dinner, a well- deserved vino, a debrief with your colleagues and a blissful night’s sleep!  We have selected a route that is not too arduous but of course, you will need to be fit and we recommend some months of preparatory training so that you can really enjoy the experience. You will have experienced guides to take care of you.  The walkers and bike riders take more or less the same route, with the bike riders covering longer distances as they won’t be bused to the starting points of the route.

Information about bike hire to be advised.

PLEASE NOTE: You must select either the Walking or Biking tour for the entire journey as no arrangement can be made to transport unused bikes. Couples can select different options and will meet up each night.  The alternative, cultural tour by bus will not be using the same hotels.

Post Conference Tour – Bus.


Enjoy this wonderful part of northern Spain, following parts of the Pilgrim’s Way, but without the hard work.  Learn about the unique history, culture and language of the region. Admire the superb landscape of wooded hills, valleys and gorges, rolling fertile vineyards dotted with historic towns, picturesque villages and elegant seaside resorts. And, a chance to visit the renowned Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao – don’t miss this opportunity.

PLEASE NOTE:  The cultural tour by bus will not be using the same hotels as the walking and bike riding post tour group.

Photos And Presentations.


A selection of highlights from the trip are available to view on our facebook page. 

You do not need an account to view the photos. Click on the Photo tab on the left side of the screen and you can scroll through the uploaded photos.


To share your photos with the group please reply to the file request you received on Tuesday 31 October 2017.

To see the shared photos, please use the password emailed to you by Mark Cunich on Tuesday 31 October 2017 and click on the link below.



The lecturers have shared their presentations to all delegates. These are for personal reference use only and are not to be shared or copied. If you would like to contact the speakers to request further permission, please email Margot Cunich to get in touch –

To access the presentations, please use the password emailed to you by Mark Cunich on Tuesday 31 October 2017 and click on the link below.


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