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Emergency Medicine (Basic)

Course highlights

  • Basic physical principles of ultrasound
  • Ultrasound machine orientation
  • Transducer manipulation techniques
  • Focused Echocardiography in Life Support (FELS)
  • Pneumothorax
  • Haemothorax/ Pleural Effusion
  • Interstitial Oedema
  • Parenchymal Pathologies


Course Dates
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  • 08 Aug 2024 $2,340.00Closed
  • 12 Sep 2024 $2,340.00Closed
  • 03 Oct 2024 $2,340.00
  • 24 Oct 2024 $2,340.00
  • 21 Nov 2024 $2,340.00
  • 12 Dec 2024 $2,340.00


Is there tamponade, right heart failure, left heart failure, massive pulmonary embolism or hypovolemia? These are five vital questions in the acute care of critical illness. This Lung & FELS ultrasound course teaches you simple heart views to answer these questions, and how to cross reference with IVC scanning, to reinforce your interpretation.

Lung ultrasound is becoming the stethoscope of the 21st century and can revolutionise your practice. Common emergency presentations including sepsis, trauma, dyspnoea and resuscitation can all be guided and enhanced by the skills acquired with lung ultrasound. Learn how to scan for pleural pathologies including effusions, oedema and consolidation and learn how to safely interpret findings for fast, safe and effective clinical interpretation.

During this 2-day course, you will practice these skills on a range of different patients. At the conclusion, you should be able to scan, label, save and interpret a set of scans that support your clinical decision.

This is not a comprehensive echocardiography course, but it is an important beginning. FELS & Lung ultrasound will teach you the paradigms that underpin problem based multi-system scanning. This course is all about learning what you don’t know, what you need to know, and what you need to practice safely.

Who should attend?

  • Anaesthetist
  • Cardio-thoracic Surgeon
  • Emergency Physician
  • Emergency Medicine Physician
  • General Physician
  • General Practitioner
  • General Surgeon
  • Geriatrician
  • ICU Registrar
  • Junior House Officer
  • Nephrologist
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Paediatrician
  • Palliative Medicine Physician
  • Paramedic
  • Physiotherapists
  • Respiratory Physician
  • Retrieval Medicine Physician
  • Rural Generalist
  • Rural Medicine Physician
  • Senior House Officer


The objectives of this FELS & Lung ultrasound course are:

  • Select correct probe and protocol for the clinical question;
  • Perform Lung and FELS ultrasound scanning protocols;
  • Demonstrate appropriate image acquisition on patient models with a variety of body habitus;
  • Identify the physical principles, artefacts and the steps for image optimisation while performing ultrasound;
  • Recognise the different artefacts and synthesise the pattern to postulate the disease;
  • Recognise the sonographic appearances of normal and abnormal structures required to answer common clinical questions;
  • Equip the learner with the foundation skills to begin to incorporate the ultrasound skills with the clinical situation to make appropriate patient management decisions;
  • Demonstrate ability to interpret images through case-based discussion;
  • Identify the parameters of safe application of ultrasound and its limitations in medical diagnosis.


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:

  • Focused Echocardiography in Life Support (FELS)
  • Lung

Approved for Educational Activities 15 hours.


CPD Accredited Activity under RACGP 2023-25 CPD program. Approved for Educational Activities 3 hours, Reviewing Performance 13 hours, specific requirements diagnostic radiology, 2 days Anaesthetics, Obstetrics, Surgery and Emergency Medicine training grants. Provider Number 214288, Activity ID 663717.

Theoretical 4.5
Practical 8.5
Total 13

Australian Institute of Ultrasound
2 Miami Key
Broadbeach Waters
QLD 4218

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Morning tea, a light lunch and refreshments are provided.