Volunteer as a Model for Ultrasound Training
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.
In a medical teaching environment there is no substitute for learning on real people. Our model volunteers therefore enable our medical students to reach the highest standard of ultrasound diagnostic knowledge which will benefit their real patients back in their work place. Our volunteer models have a special role to play in the training of our future medical teams and report that they enjoy their participation in practical training.
We are lucky to have a wide range of volunteer helpers at the AIU but we always need more people as our organisation offers more and more courses each year. Model Patients are needed in all ages, all genders and all sizes!
Read about some of our regular volunteers:
Who is the ideal model?
Our ultrasound training covers a wide variety of subjects and our models come in all shapes and sizes plus we need all ages, male and female. Each week we need over 100 models so if you have plenty of spare time we will welcome you back over and over.
What do we scan?
Most parts of the body from gall bladders & livers, arteries, veins, uterus and all stages of pregnancy. We also have courses for muscle & joint scanning. As new technology emerges ultrasound scanning is now used in more and more areas of medical care including in the emergency room, in the management of vascular conditions, in anaesthetics and cardiology amongst others. Our goal is to ensure that the AIU provides the most realistic practical training and that our students are able to assess enough model patients to leave knowing they have enough knowledge and practice to immediately utilise ultrasound in their practice.
Who are the Students?
Depending on the course, we accept students from a range of disciplines and levels. Among the students we regularly have Doctors, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Sonographers, Consultants, Paramedics, Physiotherapits or anyone involved in medicine.
How long does it take?
Each appointment is around one hour. We have a comfortable waiting area and complementary tea and coffee available. Our volunteer coordinators will be on hand if you have any questions.
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.
How many students will there 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 anyone time and we take great care to ensure that you are comfortable throughout the process.
Is this like a real scan?
Yes – in fact it is a real ultrasound scan. We use state of art equipment from Toshiba/Canon and Sonosite who are market leaders in this technology and all our scans a real and will provide real results.
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.
Can I bring someone with me?
Absolutely! Your partner or a friend is welcome to come along too. Our regular volunteers are also happy to make new friends here too.
How can I join in as a volunteer or just get more information?
If you need more information please feel free to call our Model co-ordinators on (07) 5526 6655 and raise any questions you may have. The co-ordinators will let you know the sessions that we need models for.
Alternatively, please complete the Volunteer Model registration form here and you will be added to our database of volutneers.
Are you a Pregnant Mum-to-be?
We are only able to scan babies approximately once a month and will be in touch with you closer to the time of our next obstetric course.
Register as a volunteer model