NorDocs, the Northern Rivers group of doctors that discusses local medical matters on its FaceBook page, is holding its first forum on 30 June at UCRH, Lismore, opposite Lismore Base Hospital. The forum will run from midday to 6 pm and will be followed by an informal dinner at a local watering hole.

The conference is based on the Unconference format where many of the delegates are also the presenters. This format provides the flexibility for participants to present and discuss matters that are of interest to them. These may be small items or short lived issues that would not normally attract the attention of larger medical organisations like Primary Health Networks or Local Hospital Districts.

The format for the afternoon is three concurrent streams with each stream comprised of 8 individual slots lasting 30 minutes. Presentations can vary from a TED Talk style presentation lasting 15 to 20 minutes followed by a discussion for 10 to 5 minutes, to the opposite where a brief outline of a problem can be followed by a 20 minute group discussion. However, all talks finish after 25 minutes to allow the next presenter to set up and for participants to change rooms.

If you have an itch to scratch the unconference format is your venue. NorDocs aims to encourage communication and collaboration and while no topic is off limits the event is the ideal platform for discussion of local medical issues.

As Kaliya Young notes in her Unconferencing - how to prepare to attend an unconference, "it's OK if only two people turn up to your talk since you have found the two people who are interested in your topic".

The final session of the day is reserved for lightning talks. Presenters have just four minutes to get their message across and session facilitators are traditionally ruthless. It can be a fun one to finish a conference.

The event is open to all staff in medicine including nursing, allied health, medical administrators and practice managers.

Registration is now open through Eventbrite and the $30 fee covers a catered afternoon tea.

Those wishing to be added to the line up should email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with their name and topic.

See you there!


Time Stream 1 Stream 2
12.00 Registration 
12.30 Introduction to the Unconference - David Guest, Nick de Marco & Louise Imlay-GIllespie
13.00 Byron Bibliotherapy - Zewlan Moor Cannabis in Medicine - Bob Lodge
13.30 Revalidation - Nathan Kesteven Blood Pressure Management in the office; pitfalls in diagnosis and monitoring of blood pressure - Venkat Manickavasagam
14.00 Caring for ourselves and each other - Jane Barker How to get a free CPAP machine - Joe Churton
14.30 The squeeze on the 15 min consultation and addressing this issue using shared medical appointments. - Andrew Binns Biases - Siobhan Clayton
15.00 Break 
15.30 Options for securely communicating with patients - David Guest Understanding Iron - Louise Imlay-Gillespie
16.00 Northern Rivers Health Directory - Arthur Proudfoot Liver Surgery and Surgery - Gratian Punch
16.30 Handbook of Non-drug Intervention - Dan Ewald Medication Assisted Treatment of Opioid Dependence - Bronwyn Hudson
  Lightning Talks 
17.00 The 3.5 minute guide to Lightning Talks - David Guest 
17.05 Minions’ communication with humans - Boyoung Kim
17.10 The Yellow Brick Road - HealthPathways - Sharyn White
17.15 Closing Remarks - NoRDocs - Louise Imlay-Gillespie