- Tutorial 1: Introduction to ultrasound
- Tutorial 2: Fetal Presentation
- Tutorial 3: Amniotic Fluid Volume - Biophysical Profile
- Tutorial 4: Umbilical Artery Doppler
- Tutorial 5: Middle Cerebral Artery Doppler
Knowledge and skills
- Determination of fetal presentation and lie, including understanding when and why assessment of fetal presentation is indicated
- Recognition of the fetal skull, spine and trunk, in longitudinal and transverse sections
- Ability to assess amniotic fluid volume, and understanding of how it relates to fetal wellbeing
- Understanding the most common causes of oligohydramnios and polyhydramnios
- Ability to assess a fetal biophysical profile
- Understanding of the basic physics and safety considerations of Doppler ultrasound
- Ability to assess and quantify umbilical artery and fetal middle cerebral artery resistance
- Understanding of how umbilical artery and fetal middle cerebral artery Doppler results relate to placental function at different gestations
A Certificate of Completion is issued upon satisfactory completion of the course assessment requirements: 5 tutorial unit self-assessments, 10 case studies and one end of course examination.
Course completion requires approximately 13 hours of elearning (2 hours each tutorial, 2 hours for all case studies and 1 hour for the exam). Students have the flexibility to study in their own time and location. Program material can be accessed through the eLearning Education App on mobiles and tablets with iOS, Android or Windows systems. Program material can also be accessed on a PC using a web browser.
Professor Sue Walker AO, MBBS, FRANZCOG, MD, DDU, CMFM
Sheila Handbury Chair of Maternal Fetal Medicine
Head of Department, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, The University of Melbourne
Director Perinatal Medicine, Mercy Hospital for Women
Co-Director Mercy Perinatal
Sue Walker is a maternal-fetal medicine sub-specialist and an academic clinical researcher. She founded and continues to lead the Mercy Hospital for Women’s Perinatal Department. Sue is a national leader in her field, frequently invited to speak at international and national conferences and was recently awarded an Order of Australia. One of her primary research priorities is reducing preventable stillbirth. Her work has, and continues to focus upon, better assessment of fetal wellbeing and placental function. Sue has fostered a strong educational program through Mercy Perinatal, delivering the Fetal Medicine at Twilight Seminar series, and the hugely successful, annually sold-out conference, the Global Obstetric Update. This ultrasound course is the newest educational initiative that Sue has championed in her quest to bring babies safely home.
Dr Teresa MacDonald MBBS (Hons), BMedSci, FRANZCOG, PhD
Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Mercy Hospital for Women
Clinician Scientist Research Fellow, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Melbourne
Teresa MacDonald is an obstetrician, gynaecologist and academic researcher. Her PhD investigated ways to improve the detection of poor placental function, under the guidance of Prof Walker as her primary supervisor. There was a major ultrasound focus to this work, interrogating both fetal growth velocity and Doppler ultrasound parameters.
Ms Rachel L Worboys BN, GDipMid
Nurse Unit Manager, Fetal Monitoring Unit, Mercy Hospital for Women
Rachel Worboys is a midwife providing both clinical and organisational leadership in her role in managing the Mercy’s Fetal Monitoring Unit. This essential part of the hospital’s antenatal landscape performs over 600 ultrasound assessments each month. Rachel performs these assessments as well as trains other midwives working in the unit. She sees the need first-hand for greater access for midwives to training in bedside ultrasound scanning for the assessment of fetal presentation and wellbeing and believes this course will fill the gap.
Sue, Teresa and Rachel are delighted to be co-directing this ultrasound course, delivering the education required to enable greater access for women to point of care ultrasound assessment in their pregnancies.
Ms Nadia Bardien RN, RM, MMID
Dr Lindsay Bridgford CSM, MBBS, DRANZCOG, DCH, FACEM, DDU (EM), DDU (CC), MCU, ASCeXAM, FASE
Dr Teresa M MacDonald MBBS (Hons), BMedSci, FRANZCOG, PhD
Ms Rachel L Worboys BN, GDipMid
Prof Susan P Walker AO, MBBS, FRANZCOG, MD, DDU, CMFM