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Emergency Medicine (Advanced)

Course highlights

  • Renal Hydronephrosis & Calculi
  • Biliary
  • Lung


Course Dates
  • Select Start Date
  • 24 Jun 2024 $1,220.00
  • 22 Jul 2024 $1,220.00
  • 19 Aug 2024 $1,220.00
  • 16 Sep 2024 $1,220.00
  • 14 Oct 2024 $1,220.00
  • 04 Nov 2024 $1,220.00
  • 02 Dec 2024 $1,220.00


A common clinical question is the source of right upper quadrant (RUQ) pain; the most common cause will be cholecystitis. When asked to investigate RUQ pain, in a formal sonography model, this problem could involve three separate examinations – gallbladder, lung and kidney.

This right upper quadrant ultrasound course will introduce you to biliary, renal and simple lung base scanning techniques, all in one day. These scans are ‘triage tools’ that enable the clinician to choose the next most appropriate formal test, assign appropriate urgency, and commence the best treatment in the interim. Ideally attendees should feel comfortable with machine optimisation and probe manipulation skills prior.

Who should attend?

  • Emergency Physician
  • Gastroenterologist
  • General Physician
  • General Practitioner
  • General Surgeon
  • Geriatrician
  • Intensivist
  • Junior House Officer
  • Nephrologist
  • Nurse
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Paediatrician
  • Palliative Medicine Physician
  • Paramedic
  • Rehabilitation Physician
  • Renal Physician
  • Retrieval Medicine Physician
  • Rural Generalist
  • Senior House Officer


The objectives of this RUQ ultrasound course are:

  • Identify the parameters for  the safe application of ultrasound and its limitations in medical diagnosis;
  • Identify the physical principles, artefacts and the steps for image optimisation while performing ultrasound;
  • Practice hands-on ultrasound scanning skills required to maximise diagnostic ability in answering relevant clinical questions;
  • Recognise the sonographic appearances of normal and abnormal structures required to answer common clinical questions;
  • Perform RUQ, lung and biliary ultrasound scanning techniques;
  • Acquire images obtained on adult patient models and phantoms;
  • Interpret images from normal adult patient models;
  • Equip the learner with the foundation skills to begin to incorporate the ultrasound skills with the clinical situation to make appropriate management decisions.


The prior ultrasound experience assumed for this course is highlighted below.

None/Minimal Don’t use ultrasound
Limited Use ultrasound weekly/monthly
Moderate/Experienced Use ultrasound daily/weekly



CCPU units included in the course:

  • Renal Hydronephrosis & Calculi
  • Biliary

Approved for Educational Activities 7.75 hours.


This course is approved for 9 total activity hours. PDP units: 2 Performance Review, 7 Educational Activity. Grant eligibility: Emergency Medicine, Anaesthetics, Obstetrics, Surgery.


CPD Approved Activity under RACGP 2023-25 CPD program. Approved for Educational Activities 1.5 hours, Reviewing Performance 7 hours, specific requirements diagnostic radiology, 1 day Anaesthetics, Obstetrics, Surgery and Emergency Medicine training grants. Provider Number 214288, Activity ID 414892.

Theoretical 2.25
Practical 4.5
Total 6.75

Australian Institute of Ultrasound
2 Miami Key
Broadbeach Waters
QLD 4218

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Morning tea, a light lunch and refreshments are provided.