Innovative and practical introductory course for physiotherapists and nurses to learn how to perform bedside lung and sternal ultrasound in clinical practice. Includes comprehensive on-line educational material, a supervised workshop as well as the opportunity for self-guided practice training using high-fidelity ultrasound simulators in The University of Melbourne Ultrasound Simulation Centre


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.


Cardiorespiratory physiotherapists, physiotherapists and nurses


  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.

Link to Course Brochure


    1. Pre-reading: 4 units of self-assessments, 5 case studies and pre-workshop exam (online - 10 hours).

    2. A supervised workshop at University of Melbourne Ultrasound Simulation Centre (3 hours).

    3. 10 Lung simulator case studies, self-performed at the Simulation Centre (7 hours).

    4. Online multiple-choice post-workshop exam.

    5. Online logbook.

    6. Practical test.

    A Certificate of Completion is provided upon satisfactory completion of the assessment


    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


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

      P: (03) 8344 5673 | E:

Course Information

Key dates

8:45am to 12pm

Thursday 18 March

Thursday 17 June

Thursday 16 September


Course Fee: AUD $440 (incl. GST)

Royal Melbourne Hospital Staff: AUD $330 (incl. GST)


Level 6, Centre for Medical Research

Royal Melbourne Hospital


VIC 3050