ACADEMIC PROGRAM

Conference for GPs and Specialist. Dentists are welcome.


EAST AFRICA MEDICAL CONFERENCE PROGRAM

A number of health issues prevalent in East Africa have informed the topics for this conference.

Infectious Diseases

With more people, including ourselves, visiting exotic locations around the world doctors must be able to give appropriate pre-travel health advice and recognise infectious diseases in returned travellers. Antibiotic resistance and appropriate use of antimicrobial agents is becoming a world-wide problem which will be covered during the lecture program.

Ophthalmology

Kenya and Australia share some common causes of blindness and visual impairment – cataract, macular degeneration, corneal disease. These will be discussed during this part of the program. Other topics will include inflammatory eye disease and ocular manifestation of systemic disease. 

ENT/Head and neck

Our series of talks will cover common conditions such as otitis media (purulent OM is very common in Kenya) and externa as well as current management of sinusitis. Diagnosis, investigation and management of head and neck lumps will also be covered in this topic.

Volunteer clinic in Masai village

As with previous conferences we have held in East Africa, we will be doing a half day clinic for a local village in conjunction with their staff. Many of the conditions we see are common GP presentations we are used to in Australia but there are others that are more particular to Africa. This clinic and our donations of medication and equipment is always much appreciated by the locals and is a terrific experience for our delegates.

 


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.