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.
Being a volunteer enables our medical students to reach the highest standard of ultrasound diagnostic knowledge which will greatly benefit them in their work place. Our volunteer models have a special role to play in the training of our future medical teams and many of our volunteers say that they enjoy being part of such a rewarding experience.
Please enjoy reading about some of our regular volunteers here:
What type of people do we need?
Everyone is welcome to become a volunteer at the AIU – both young and old. We very much appreciate you giving up your time to volunteer with us and providing students with the opportunity to scan a variety of different patients. By volunteering, you will be contributing to enabling each student to acquire the skills they need to scan their real patients when they return to their workplace.
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.
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.
How long does it take?
Each appointment is approximately around 1 hour. We have a comfortable waiting area and complementary tea and coffee available. Our Volunteer Co-ordinators 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 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.
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.
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 meet new people and help to assist you wherever possible.
How can I join as a volunteer or just receive some more information?
If you would like some additional information please feel free to call our Volunteer Co-ordinators on (07) 5526 6655 and raise any questions you may have. Our lovely Co-ordinators will let you know about the upcoming courses and check your availability to work out a time that would suit you best.
Alternatively, please complete the volunteer registration form below and we can add you to our database of volunteers.
We would love for you to become a volunteer today!
Expectant mums-to-be: We can help to arrange a time with you for a scan, when our next obstetrics course is scheduled.
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