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Emergency Medicine (Basic)

Course highlights

  • AAA normal anatomy and significant abnormality
  • DVT practical examination
  • eFAST normal anatomy, required views and significant pathology
  • FELS, cardiac arrest scenarios
  • Lung ultrasound in the breathless patient


Course Dates
  • Select Start Date
  • 30 Apr 2024 $4,430.00
  • 21 May 2024 $4,430.00Closed
  • 18 Jun 2024 $4,430.00Closed
  • 09 Jul 2024 $4,430.00
  • 06 Aug 2024 $4,430.00
  • 10 Sep 2024 $4,430.00
  • 01 Oct 2024 $4,430.00
  • 22 Oct 2024 $4,430.00
  • 19 Nov 2024 $4,430.00
  • 10 Dec 2024 $4,430.00


The Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) now supports all trainees to understand and perform a range of simple bedside ultrasound scans. This four-day introductory PoCUS course encompasses the most important life threatening emergencies.

This course is designed to take complete novices right through the basics of machine familiarisation, probe manipulation, and normal anatomy. We teach simple protocols to identify dangerous aortic aneurysms, free fluid in the abdomen, pericardium and pleural space, major heart and common lung pathologies.

No prior ultrasound knowledge is required. Our tutors will start you with the correct techniques that you will need throughout your scanning career. This course is recommended for those who wish to sit down quietly and optimise their hand-eye coordination in a non-stressful situation.

Who should attend?

  • Emergency Physician
  • Geriatrician
  • Junior House Officer
  • Nurse
  • Paediatrician
  • Paramedic
  • Retrieval Medicine Physician
  • Rural Generalist
  • Senior House Officer


The objectives of this emergency PoCUS ultrasound course are:

  • Understand and optimise machine settings for safe implementation of each protocol;
  • Define the indications and views needed for each protocol;
  • Recognise and obtain good quality images for each protocol on (relatively) healthy volunteers with a variety of body habitus;
  • Understand the implementation of each protocol using case-based quizzes;
  • Recognise pathology within the context of a clinical scenario;
  • Discuss clinical decision making in the light of the information obtained;
  • Synthesise four new tools to model multi-system scanning, with the aim of improving patient care.


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



Approved for 32.5 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours as complying with ACEM standards and policies. Approved for Educational Activities 16.5 hours, Reviewing Performance 16 hours.


This course is approved for 32.5 total activity hours. PDP units: 16 Performance Review, 12.5 Educational Activity. MOPS points: 30, 6. Grant eligibility: Emergency Medicine, Anaesthetics, Obstetrics, Surgery.


CPD Approved Activity under RACGP 2023-25 CPD program. Approved for Educational Activities 7.5 hours, Reviewing Performance 21.5 hours, specific requirements diagnostic radiology, 4 days Anaesthetics, Obstetrics, Surgery and 3 days Emergency Medicine training grants. Provider Number 214288, Activity ID 664698.

Theoretical 8.75
Practical 16.75
Total 25.5

Australian Institute of Ultrasound
2 Miami Key
Broadbeach Waters
QLD 4218

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Morning tea, a light lunch and refreshments are provided each day.