Conference for GPs and Specialist. Dentists are welcome.

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

Topics and Speakers

IMMUNOLOGY, allergy AND Paediatrics

  Dr Rob Loblay

Dr Rob Loblay

  Dr Velenia Soutter

Dr Velenia Soutter

Dr Rob Loblay, Director of Royal Prince Alfred Hospital's Allergy Clinic

Dr Velenia Soutter, Paediatric Immunology specialist at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital's Department of Allergy and Immunology.

The speakers have been working together for 35 years at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Allergy Unit in Sydney and now have a century of collective experience investigating patients with adverse food reactions of all kinds, in all age groups. The collaboration of specialists with expertise in immunology, allergy, paediatrics, gastroenterology and nutrition in the clinical care of entire families for this length of time is rare in medicine and through this much has been learned.

The speakers have been involved in ongoing research in the areas of food intolerance, food allergy and coeliac disease over the past three decades, with the help of many students fulfilling requirements for Master’s degrees in Nutrition and Dietetics, some of whom have gone on to obtain PhDs. 


  Dr Mark Podgorski

Dr Mark Podgorski

Dr Mark Podgorski, Rheumatologist in private practice in Sydney.

Having completed rheumatology training and a Doctor of Medicine ( MD ) degree in the UK. His interests continue to be in the treatment of Autoimmune diseases, biological DMARDs, as well as Osteoarthritis and the general field of Musculoskeletal Medicine. He has also achieved a Masters of Health Law degree.

2015 & 2016 Academic Advisory Committee

Dr David Lim,
GP, Newtown, NSW, Special interest in Diabetes

Dr Gary Kilov,
GP, Seaport, TAS, Special interest in Diabetes and Asthma

Dr Patricia Baker,
GP, Keperra, QLD, GP Educator

Dr Alan Giles,
Senior Staff Specialist, Emergency Department, Liverpool Hospital, NSW

Dr Margot Cunich,
GP and Director of Unconventional Conventions, NSW