Introduction to Obstetrics - 3 Day Course




This 3-day program is specifically designed for health professionals who have an interest in point of care obstetric ultrasound. It I suitable for those who aim to develop and master transabdominal and transvaginal techniques to acquire, interpret, document and apply ultrasound to clinical management and improve patient care. Identify pathology, multiple pregnancy and pregnancy of unknown location. Locate correct planar anatomy & measure fetal biometry, AFI and Dopplers. On day 3, no lectures, no demos, just pure practical scanning, from start to finish. With a 3:1 tutor ratio it is a great opportunity to improve and gain confidence in your obstetric skills.




  • System orientation and probe manipulation techniques
  • Early pregnancy assessment
  • Transabdominal and transvaginal techniques
  • Third Trimester-
  • Identifying the cervix & placental location
  • Fetal location and lie
  • Fetal Biometry
  • Amniotic Fluid Index (AFI)
  • Cord Doppler




On completion of the course the student should be able to:


  • Identify & examine an intrauterine pregnancy with a heartbeat present
  • Describe the criteria for failed pregnancy
  • Describe pregnancy of unknown location
  • Commence scanning on transvaginal phantoms
  • Identify & measure the cervix length
  • Identify & examine the placenta
  • Describe some placenta, cord & cervix- variants & pathology
  • Discuss translabial scanning
  • Establish fetal lie and locate fetal structures
  • Identify & record cardiac activity
  • M-mode
  • Pulsed Wave (> 12 weeks)
  • Locate correct planar anatomy & measure fetal biometry (BPD, HC, AC & FL & EFW)
  • Identify signs of fetal wellbeing
  • Scan & measure the Amniotic Fluid Index
  • Scan & measure the umbilical artery cord Doppler
  • Be aware of the limitations of point of care ultrasound and when to on-refer the patient




CCPU units included in the course:


  • Basic & Advanced Early Pregnancy
  • Monitoring the Foetus


ACM I Pending




ACEM I Pending


ACRRM I Approved PDP units - 21 Educational activity pointsEligible for Rural Procedural Grants Funding – 3 days under all components (Emergency Medicine, Anaesthetics, Obstetrics and Surgery)Rural Procedural Grants Program – GPs can receive $2000 per day for a maximum of 10 days of training per financial year, GPs providing hospital based emergency services can receive up to three days of eligible training per financial year. Access:


RACGP - Pending

Introduction to Obstetrics - 3 Day Course

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