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Emergency Medicine (Basic)

Course highlights

  • Pneumothorax
  • Haemothorax/ Pleural Effusion
  • Interstitial Oedema
  • Parenchymal Pathologies
  • Rib & Sternal Fractures
  • Needling Techniques


Course Dates
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  • 21 Jun 2024 $970.00Closed
  • 12 Jul 2024 $970.00Closed
  • 09 Aug 2024 $970.00
  • 13 Sep 2024 $970.00Closed
  • 04 Oct 2024 $970.00
  • 25 Oct 2024 $970.00
  • 22 Nov 2024 $970.00
  • 13 Dec 2024 $970.00


Lung ultrasound using the stethoscope of the 21st century can really revolutionise your practice. It is undoubtedly [DY1] superior to the stethoscope and arguably better than most chest x-rays. Learn how to scan for pleural pathologies, effusions, oedema and consolidation. Incorporate into your clinical practice quickly, safely and effectively.

Common emergency presentations including sepsis, trauma, dyspnoea and resuscitation can all be guided and enhanced by the skills acquired with lung ultrasound. Unable to see those sternum/rib fractures on x-rays? Find them easily with ultrasound.

The half-day lung ultrasound course will include the following:

  • Pneumothorax: recognition and quantification.
  • Haemothorax / Pleural Effusion: recognition, localisation and quantification of size.
  • Interstitial Oedema / APO: recognition and quantify B line artefacts.
  • Consolidation and Parenchymal Pathologies: recognition, localisation and size.
  • Rib and Sternal Fractures: find those fractures that you miss on plain x-rays.
  • Procedural Marking: safe procedural guidance and needling technique.

We combine short lectures, short demonstrations with lengthy practical scanning of real patient models, using tutor-student ratios of no more than 1:4. We use case based discussions to teach interpretation and integration into clinical situations, and phantoms for needling of pleural effusion.

Who should attend?

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


The objectives of this lung ultrasound course are:

  • Select correct probe and protocol for the clinical question;
  • Demonstrate appropriate image acquisition on (relatively) healthy volunteers with a variety of body habitus;
  • Recognise the different artefacts and synthesise the pattern to postulate the disease;
  • Demonstrate ability to interpret images through the medium of case-based discussion;
  • Classify a disease process by the pattern of the patterns;
  • Suggest safe or appropriate management;
  • Demonstrate the skills to place a needle safely into a pleural effusion.


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:

  • Lung

Approved for Educational Activities 4.5 hours.


CPD Accredited Activity under RACGP 2023-25 CPD program. Approved for Educational Activities 1.25 hours, Reviewing Performance 5.75 hours. Provider Number 214288, Activity ID 649204.

Theoretical 2.25
Practical 1.75
Total 4

Australian Institute of Ultrasound
2 Miami Key
Broadbeach Waters
QLD 4218

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Morning tea and refreshments are provided.