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Last updated: 1 July 2015


ACRRM ultrasound workshops for rural medical emergenciesIntroduction to Ultrasound Use in Rural Emergency Medicine

These workshops are aimed at the participant with little or no ultrasound experience - through to the more  experienced requiring refresher courses.

Generally designed around the particular expertise of the facilitator/experienced presenter, these workshops may include aspects of Ultrasound use in Emergency Anaesthetics, Trauma and basic Obstetrics.

ACRRM Ultrasound workshops are presented in conjunction with FujiFilm SonoSite Australasia Pty Ltd, who provide participants access to a range of portable ultrasound units for use in these 'hands-on' workshops.  SonoSite clinical application specialists ably support the experienced clinical presenters in these workshop - adding value with their sound knowledge on how to use guidance and tuition, and information on any of the unit's abilities and applications relevant to ultrasound use in the rural setting. 

Places are strictly limited to 20 participants for these ‘hands-on’ workshops ensuring maximum training benefit. 

Topics covered in these workshops can include such as:

  • Basic Physics of Ultrasound, knobology, Scanning Tips and Tricks
  • Use of Ultrasound in Emergency Department
  • eFAST - (Focussed assessment with Sonography)
  • AAA - (Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm)
  • Intro to Quick Look Echo
  • Vascular access
  • Detection of Pneumothorax
  • Another feature in these workshops can be a SPECIAL REQUEST STATION where participants can receive one on one tutoring on topics such as e.g. Gall Bladder, Nerve Blocks, DVT etc. as required.

 Upcoming Course Dates 2015:

To be advised






  • ACRRM Member: $682 (includes GST)
  • Non-ACRRM Member: $819.50 (includes  GST)

Important! Course fees must be paid at the time of registration in order to secure one of the strictly limited places.

Rural Procedural Grants are available for all Ultrasound courses.  For more information, see the RPGP page or email trrpgpatacrrm [dot] org [dot] au


Accreditation for Introductory Courses:


  • 2 Core and 10 Practice Reflective Professional Development (PRPD)
  • MOPS: 2 Anaesthetics; 10 Radiology; 10 Emergency Medicine; (as included and applicable) 




Intermediate Level - Ultrasound Use in Rural Emergency Medicine

Intermediate level workshops are designed for Rural Emergency Medicine/Critical Care Physicians and General Practitioners with some experience in using ultrasound in practice.  Intermediate level workshops are extended by providing a fuller hands-on experience - helping you with decision making - and understanding the role of ultrasound in practice.  You will be taken to the ‘next step’ – 'what to do with the image you have obtained'.

Topics covered in these workshops can include such as:

  • FAST Refresher
  • Hemothorax
  • Pneumothorax
  • Echo
  • AAA Refresher
  • Gallbladder
  • Eye and DVT
  • Vascular Access Refresher
  • Overview of Nerves

Basic Obstetric Ultrasound Workshops

Along with gaining an understanding of the ethics and why you perform obstetric ultrasound, and indications for same, these workshops aim to give you an understanding of the techniques and equipment relevant to obstetric ultrasound. Typically the hands-on supervised component of these workshops allow you to scan live models in first, second and third trimester pregnancy.

Topics covered in these workshops can include:

  • Obstetric scanning techniques - hints and tips
  • Diagnosis of early pregnancy including ectopic and miscarriage
  • Recognition of / or exclusion of multiple pregnancy
  • Transvaginal Scanning
  • Biometry
  • Placental localisation
  • Amniotic fluid assessment
  • Recognition of IUGU and Fetal Wellbeing