Course Details

We are a group of Emergency Physicians with a number of ultrasound qualifications, located in South West Sydney Health District, who have a passion for teaching point-of-care ultrasound 

  • To introduce junior medical officers and specialist nurses to the core principles of point-of-care ultrasound including the theory, practical applications and limitations of focused emergency ultrasound.
  • To develop junior medical officers and specialist nurses ability to interpret point-of-care ultrasound scans through recognition of normal and abnormal sonographic anatomy.
  • To assist junior medical officers and specialist nurses in developing procedural competency in core areas of point-of-care ultrasound including, but not limited to, Abdominal aorta, EFAST, Vascular access, Lung and Basic echo.
  • To assist junior medical officers and specialist nurses with the accreditation process for point-of-care ultrasound.

    Core Faculty

    Dr Mubby Hamid

    • Term supervisor for US Special Skills Term at Campbelltown & Camden Emergency Departments
    • Senior Staff Specialist at Campbelltown & Camden Emergency Departments
    • Fellowship Ultrasound Leadership Academy
    • Has participated in POCUS research
    • Conjoint lecturer with University of Western Sydney

    Dr Sharif Elgafi

    • Co-term supervisor for US Special Skills Term at Campbelltown & Camden Emergency Departments
    • Senior Staff Specialist at Campbelltown & Camden Emergency Departments
    • Holds a diploma of diagnostic ultrasound (DDU) and a diploma in cardiac echo
    • Has participated in POCUS research
    • Conjoint lecturer with University of Western Sydney

    A/Prof Richard Cracknell

    • Director of Campbelltown & Camden Emergency Departments
    • Holds a CCPU in a number of POCUS modules
    • Has participated in POCUS research
    • Conjoint lecturer with University of Western Sydney

    Dr Alex Buttfield

    • Director of EM training at Campbelltown & Camden Emergency Departments
    • Previous US special skills term supervisor
    • Holds a certificate of clinical performed ultrasound (CCPU) in a number of POCUS modules
    • Has participated in POCUS research
    • Conjoint lecturer with University of Western Sydney

    Dr Daniel Gaetani

    • Staff Specialist at Campbelltown & Camden Emergency Departments
    • Holds a CCPU in a number of POCUS modules
    • Has participated in POCUS research
    • Member of the ACEM Ultrasound Committee
    • Member of EMUGs as previous clinical lead
    • MAHS ED Ultrasound Committee Chair
    • Conjoint lecturer with University of Western Sydney

      Dr Lahi Somaratne

      • Clinical Superintendant at Campbelltown & Camden Emergency Departments
      • Previous US special skills registrar at Liverpool Emergency Department
      • Holds a CCPU in a number of POCUS modules

      Additional Faculty

      Dr Atul Goel

      • Senior Staff Specialist at Campbelltown & Camden Emergency Departments
      • Holds a post-graduate diploma in ultrasound 
      • Holds a CCPU in a number of POCUS modules
      • Has participated in POCUS research
      • Conjoint lecturer with University of Western Sydney

      Dr Kimberley Lawrie

      • Staff Specialist at Campbelltown & Camden Emergency Departments
      • Holds a CCPU in a number of POCUS modules
      • Has participated in POCUS research
      • Conjoint lecturer with University of Western Sydney

      Dr Lindsey Campbell

      • Current Campbelltown & Camden ED US special skills term registrar
      • On the path to POCUS and CCPU greatness

      Dr Thilini Kudagamage

      • Previous Campbelltown & Camden ED US special skills term registrar

      Dr Ravi Jayawardana

      • Previous Campbelltown & Camden ED US special skills term registrar

      The course is broken into online theoretical and face-face practical components, giving you access to in-depth pre-course online learning materials.

      Topics which are covered include: 

      • Physics & Knobology
      • Echocardiography in critical care (Basic and Beyond basic)
      • Abdominal aorta (Aneurysm and Dissection)
      • Lung
      • US guided needle procedures 
      • Extended Focused Abdominal Sonography in Trauma (E-FAST)
      • Hepatobiliary & Pancreatic Ultrasound
      • Renal Hydronephrosis & Calculi
      • Basic Early Pregnancy
      • Proximal DVT
      • Ocular
      • Ultrasound Assessment in Shock, Hypotension & Arrest
      • Bowel Pathology

      The two-day face-face practical sessions will give you an opportunity to practice what you have learnt in the pre-course material, in addition to familiarising yourself with a variety of POCUS machines and image optimisation techniques.

      Each small group is directly supervised by a FACEM experienced in point-of-care ultrasound, allowing you the opportunity to ask questions and be provided with real-time constructive feedback while scanning.

      You will also be given the opportunity to practice scanning on patients with known stable pathology, as well as healthy volunteers.

      The knobology module will provide participants with a structured introduction to commonly used point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) machines, and techniques to improve learners image optimisation skills.

      Participants will be given the opportunity to practice scanning with a variety of POCUS machines commonly used in critical environments across NSW, including Fujifilm Sonosite, Philips Sparq, Philips Lumify, and Butterfly IQ, to improve familiarity and re-enforce theoretical concepts. 

      Fujifilm Sonosite X Porte

      Phillips Sparq & Lumify

      Butterfly IQ

      Our course has been accredited by the following institutions:

      • Australasian College of Emergency Medicine (ACEM) for CPD
      • Australasian Society of Ultrasound in Medicine (ASUM) for CCPU

      The cost of the course is $500.00 per person

      Sono-Town is held at the Western Sydney University MacArthur Clinical Skills Building located at Campbelltown Hospital.

      Free parking is available in the visitors car park adjacent to the clinical skills building. Ensure that you arrive 15-minutes before the start of the practical sessions to ensure you obtain a parking space. 

      A map of Campbelltown Hospital can be found can be found below.

      As Emergency Physicians we understand the importance of caffeine and carbs on your ultrasound performance.

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      DUE TO COVID-19 WE HAVE POST-PONED THE UPCOMING COURSE IN JUNE 2020.

      WE WILL ANNOUNCE A DATE LATER THIS YEAR.

      PLEASE CHECK BACK SOON.

      For more information, please contact Sharne Donnelly, Campbelltown Emergency Department Secretary  (sharne.donnelly@health.nsw.gov.au) 

      WSU Macarthur Clinical School

      Campbelltown Hospital

      Sono-Town 2019