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Course highlights

  • Early pregnancy assessment


Please contact us to be notified when this course is next scheduled.


This early pregnancy ultrasound course is specifically designed for health professionals who have an interest in point of care ultrasound (PoCUS). Fine-tune your technique with a systematic approach to practical hands-on scanning on varying gestations.

  • Establish a systematic approach to transabdominal and transvaginal scanning;
  • Answer critical questions in early pregnancy;
  • Evaluate viability of the pregnancy;
  • Survey the pelvis for pregnancy of unknown location;
  • Confirm an intrauterine pregnancy;
  • Describe the criteria for failed pregnancy.

Who should attend?

  • Emergency Physician
  • General Practitioner
  • Junior House Officer
  • Nurse
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Obstetrician
  • Paediatrician
  • Paramedic
  • Retrieval Medicine Physician
  • Rural Generalist
  • Senior House Officer


The objectives of this early pregnancy ultrasound course are:

  • Identify the parameters for the safe application of ultrasound in early pregnancy 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;
  • Acquire images obtained on pregnant patient models;
  • Interpret images on a variety of pregnant patient models;
  • Recognise the variants and abnormalities from presentations and case-based learning;
  • Document the ultrasound findings;
  • Describe the criteria for early pregnancy loss;
  • Describe the ultrasound appearances of pregnancies of unknown location;
  • 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:

  • Basic Early Pregnancy

Approved for Educational Activities 4.25 hours.


This course is approved for 7 total activity hours. PDP units: 3 Performance Review, 2 Educational Activity. MOPS points: 3, 3. Grant eligibility: Emergency Medicine, Anaesthetics, Obstetrics, Surgery.


CPD Approved Activity under RACGP 2023-25 CPD program. Approved for Educational Activities 1 hours, Reviewing Performance 5 hours, specific requirements diagnostic radiology. Provider Number 214288, Activity ID 402524.

Theoretical 2
Practical 2
Total 4

Australian Institute of Ultrasound
2 Miami Key
Broadbeach Waters
QLD 4218

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Morning tea and refreshments are provided.