In rural and remote Australia there are significant challenges to providing ultrasound services due to geographical access and lack of qualified professionals. The rapid expansion of Point-of-Care Ultrasound in the rural and remote areas has shown to be beneficial to patient safety, providing improved diagnostic accuracy, earlier diagnosis and significant cost savings, according to studies.
Medical practice in remote areas is always challenging with less access to healthcare facilities generally, less local support network and often extensive distance to specialists. Training and up-skilling are therefore even more essential for those medical professionals working in this field. The Australian Institute of Ultrasound is a pioneer in ultrasound training, offering well-designed courses delivered by experts in the field. Our Ultrasound in Rural Medicine Course qualifies for Rural Practice Grants, provides in-depth practical experience and prepares the rural practitioner to utilise ultrasound in their practice. Our repertoire of courses includes a 5-day intensive learning and a shorter 3-day refresher. We work with live patient models of all ages, shapes and sizes, male and female to provide a near realistic training scenario.