How would doctors learn ultrasound skills without practicing on real people?
The AIU would not function without patient volunteers.
Would you like to help out?
Volunteer models have a special role to play in the education of our future medical professionals. You can help future doctors reach high standards of care for our community by letting them practice their developing ultrasound skills in real time and with hand-on experience.
Each week we generally require 100+ volunteers!
Many of our volunteers say that they enjoy being part of such a rewarding experience.
Since 1995 the Australian Institute of Ultrasound has provided continuing education programs for sonographers and many types of specialist doctors such as Vascular Surgeons, Radiologists, Emergency Medicine Physicians, Rural GPs and Cardiologists.
What type of people do we need?
Everyone is welcome to become a volunteer at the AIU – we are looking for the young, the not so young and everyone in between!
There are two categories of volunteers:
1) Pregnant mum's to be.
2) General volunteers.
We very much appreciate your time to volunteer with us!
Click the volunteer registration form below to register.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What do we scan?
Most parts of the body from gall bladders & livers, shoulders, arteries, veins, and all stages of pregnancy. As new technology emerges, ultrasound scanning is now used in a variety of different settings from the emergency room, in the management of vascular conditions, in anaesthetics and cardiology amongst many others. Our goal is to ensure that the AIU provides the most realistic practical training and that our students are able to scan enough volunteers, to leave knowing they have gained enough knowledge to immediately utilise ultrasound in their practice.
2. Who are the students?
Depending on the course, we accept students from a range of disciplines and levels. Some of our regular students include: Doctors, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Sonographers, Consultants, Paramedics and Physiotherapists.
3. How long does it take?
Each appointment is approximately around 1 hour. We have a comfortable waiting area and complimentary tea and coffee available. Our Volunteer Co-ordinators will be on hand if you have any questions.
4. Does it hurt?
No – ultrasound scanning is a painless diagnostic technique most commonly known for scanning babies in the womb but also used to scan many other areas of the body too.
5. How many students will be scanning me?
We work in small group sizes – usually 2 to 4 students and they work under the guidance of our experienced tutors at all times. Only one student will be scanning at any given time and we take great care to ensure that you are comfortable throughout the process.
6. Is this similar to a formal ultrasound scan?
Yes – this is in fact similar to a formal ultrasound scan, however it is not diagnostic. In the event that we see something unexpected or unusual we will let you know, and with your consent notify your doctor. Because we are a teaching facility we are unable to provide you with an actual diagnosis.
In addition, we also use state of the art equipment from Canon and Sonosite who are market leaders in ultrasound technology for all of our scans.
7. If I am having a baby scan, can I bring someone with me?
Absolutely! Your partner, family or a friend is welcome to come along too.