Innovative and practical introductory course for physiotherapists and nurses to learn how to perform bedside lung and sternal ultrasound in clinical practice.

Bedside point of care ultrasound is changing the rules in medicine and is rapidly becoming used by many clinical specialties.

Ultrasound of the lung enables non-invasive, rapid diagnosis and day to day monitoring of many acute lung conditions such as effusion, consolidation, atelectasis, pulmonary oedema and pneumothorax.

Ultrasound is more accurate than chest x-ray and doesn’t expose patients or staff to radiation and is now available on most hospital wards.

Ultrasound of the sternum enables early and accurate identification of sternal wound instability and dehiscence, which has significant implications for patient mobilisation and recovery after cardiac surgery.

Designed For

Highly recommended for cardiorespiratory physiotherapists, physiotherapists and nurses

Learning Outcomes

  1. Learn how to perform and report ultrasound examination of the lungs and sternum in the erect and supine patient.
  2. Understand the clinical uses and limitations of ultrasound in assessment of lung pathology and sternotomy, such as pleural effusion, consolidation, atelectasis, pulmonary oedema, pneumothorax and sternal stability after sternotomy.

Course Units

  • Introduction
  • Basic Modes of Ultrasound
  • Generating Ultrasound Images
  • Lung Ultrasound
  • Stenum Ultrasound
  • Case Studies and Reporting


  • Pre-reading: 4 units of self-assessments, 5 case studies and a test (online - 10 hours).
  • 10 Lung simulator case studies (7 hours).
  • Test.
  • Online log book.

A certificate is provided upon satisfactory completion of the assessment.

Delivery Mode

Course completion requires approximately 10 hours of electronic learning and 10 hours of practical training.

Students have the flexibility to study the pre-reading material in their own time and location.

Program materials can be accessed through the eLearning Education app on mobiles and tablets with iOS, Android or Windows systems or with a web browser.

Course Leaders

A/P Doa El-Ansary

BAppSc (Phty), Int. Cert. OMT, PhD, APAM

Dr Doa El-Ansary is an Associate Professor and Course Director of Physiotherapy in the School of Health Sciences at Swinburne University. She is also an honorary senior research fellow within the Department of Surgery, School of Medicine, at the University of Melbourne. With expertise in both cardiorespiratory and musculoskeletal physiotherapy, she has worked in private practice, public and private hospitals settings in addition to holding honorary and teaching posts at the Australian Institute of Sport; the University of Sydney; the University of Canberra and Heart Support Australia.

Dr David Canty

Dave Canty


Lecturer, Ultrasound Education Group, Department of Surgery, University of Melbourne Consultant Anaesthetist, Department of Anaesthesia and Pain Management, Royal Melbourne Hospital and Monash Medical Centre David Canty is a specialist cardiothoracic anaesthetist with an academic interest in echocardiography and lung ultrasound. He has completed a Doctorate of Philosophy thesis in “The impact of focused transthoracic echocardiography in anaesthesia and non-cardiac surgery”. His areas of interest in cardiac anaesthesia include perioperative echocardiography, lung ultrasound and myocardial protection with cardioplegic arrest.


  • Lynda Tivendale
  • Alistair Royse
  • Kavi Haji
  • Andre Denault

Contact Us

Ultrasound Education Group

A: Level 6, Centre for Medical Research (entrance 5), Royal Parade, Parkville VIC 3050

P: (03) 8344 5673 | E: echo-info@unimelb.edu.au

Course Information


Course Fee: AUD $150 (incl. GST)

Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements for this course.