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Ultrasound in Rural Medicine - 4-day course

Rural & Remote Medicine

Cost: $3300 inc GST

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Program description

Four-day program in basic protocols.

Ultrasound training has come a long way in the past 10 years. Initially seen as a tool useful in very limited settings, and available to a limited clinical audience, it has now evolved to become an almost essential tool in the armamentarium of the rural practitioner. But unlike almost any other modality, clinical ultrasound is one of the most highly operator-dependant skills, limited by time constraints, user experience and misleading images known as artefacts.

To become proficient in ultrasound requires a lot of time devoted to both the theoretical and practical aspects of ultrasonography, especially if the clinician wants to become proficient in all aspects of ultrasound for rural medicine. Fortunately, most clinicians do not require (or need) such extensive exposure, and this course is designed to give the rural practitioner a solid grounding in the basics of ultrasound.

We will ensure that you come away from the course with a well-founded grounding in the basic techniques, and that these techniques lay the foundation for a safe and effective ultrasound practice into the future.

This course includes

  • Basic practical physics, "knobology" and artefacts

  • Probe manipulation techniques

  • Scanning protocols in:

    • abdominal trauma (eFAST)

    • pneumothorax & pleural effusion

    • AAA

    • ultrasound needle guidance techniques

  • Kidney

  • Gallbladder

  • Vessels

  • Basic cardiac

  • Obstetrics

Course objectives

  • To provide an overview of the physical principles and artefacts associated with ultrasound in the rural setting

  • To provide scanning skills required in maximising diagnostic ability

  • To provide an understanding of the protocols required in answering common clinical questions

 Accredited CCPU units included in the course

Approved by ACRRM and RACGP for the Rural Procedural Grants Program

Procedural GPs can receive $2000 per day, for up to 10 days of training per financial year, and GPs providing hospital based emergency services can receive up to three days of eligible training per financial year. 

CICM Accredited - Lectures - Category 2A, points per hour 1; Demonstrations - Category 2B, points per hour 2; Skills - Category 3B, points per hour 3


ACEM - 32 CPD Hours



ACRRM - 30 PRPD points; 30 MOPS points Radiology ; 30 points MOPS Emergency Medicine


RACGP QI&CPD Activity-Category 1-40.pdf 


Upcoming dates for this course:

Ultrasound in Rural Medicine - 4-day course

27 Aug - 30 Aug
2018 - RMFTT35-18 $3,300.00
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