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Course highlights

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


Course Dates
  • Select Start Date
  • 24 Oct 2023 $1,300.00Closed
  • 21 Nov 2023 $1,300.00Closed
  • 12 Dec 2023 $1,300.00


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 one-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.



CCPU units included in the course:

  • Lung

Course 018 is approved for 8 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours as complying with ACEM standards and policies.


This course is approved for 9 total activity hours. PDP units: 2 Performance Review, 2 Performance Review, 5 Educational Activity. MOPS points: 8. Grant eligibility: Emergency Medicine, Anaesthetics, Obstetrics, Surgery.


CPD Approved Activity under RACGP 2023-25 CPD program. Approved for Educational Activities 2 hours, Reviewing Performance 7 hours, specific requirements diagnostic radiology, 1 days Anaesthetics, Obstetrics, Surgery and Emergency Medicine training grants. Provider Number 214288, Activity ID 402526.

Theoretical 3.5
Practical 3.5
Total 7

Australian Institute of Ultrasound
2 Miami Key
Broadbeach Waters
QLD 4218

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Morning tea, a light lunch and refreshments are provided.