Conference for GPs and Specialist. Dentists are welcome.


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


Overall the rate of overweight and obesity in Italy is much smaller than Australia’s. In Italy it is now occurring in children and like Australia, overall rates are destined to rise significantly in the next decades. The difficulty of treating obesity is well recognised. This series of presentations will explore the task of identifying, evaluating and managing obesity and its related diseases through treatment modalities including lifestyle interventions, meal replacement, drugs, devices and bariatric surgery.


Stroke is the second most common cause of premature death in Italy and is ranked 5th in Australia. The neurology lectures will cover newest developments in stroke management. Other topics will be neuropathy and a structured method for investigating syncope. A series of case studies will cover other common and not-so-common neurological presentations.


People of the Mediterranean (many of whom live in Australia) have a higher incidence of certain blood disorders. This series of talks will cover thalassemia, sickle cell disease and G6PD deficiency as well as an update of iron guidelines in pregnancy and pre-operatively. There will be a presentation about diagnosis and management of VTE with NOACs and a number of case studies will highlight some other haematological diseases.

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.