Cardiac Skills Australia specialises in echocardiography training & medical ultrasound for medical specialists. Established by Kellie D'Orsa, an experienced and accredited echocardiographer and educator, our training acknowledges the growing demand for bedside "Point of care" ultrasound as a fundamental tool for diagnostic evaluation. Kellie has completed her Diploma in Medical Ultrasound (Cardiac). Kellie is an Academic lecturer in Medical Imaging at Deakin University Geelong, Victoria. Kellie has also over 8 years experience as a PBL (Problem Based learning). Kellie has completed "Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, Learning & teaching" at Deakin University Geelong. Kellie is also involved in the exam writting for the DMU Cardiac compennent with ASUM.

We have designed a two-day basic bedside echocardiography & emergency ultrasound workshop to assist point of care and other specialists including GP's & cardiology, using a step-by-step approach within an intimate group setting. Our focus on a hands on, practical approach means delegates will walk away being able to confidently perform a basic echocardiography exam. Our team consists of expert experienced Echocardiographer's & general sonographers-the leaders in FCU/ECHO education.

Cardiac Skills Australia also offers one-on-one training on site if required for student sonographers, GP's, Cardiology trainees or Point of Care Physician's. CSA can visit your department & supervise scanning plus review CCPU image's.

Cardiac Skills Australia can visit individual Hospital Department's for a day/half day of "hands on training" on request. Private echo training is offered to keen delegates the Friday before the workshop dates (if not sold out prior).

Teaching style: we use a Facilitating Adult teaching approach including mini lectures, group discussion, sharing what you know & what you don't know, hands on practical emphasis-practising the new skill of cardiac US, & using a mix of learning styles to accomadate excellent adult learning. The 5 participatory processes are applied: reflecting, summarizing, sharing knowledge & demonstrating knowledge, teaching & receiving feedback.

Hands on Station: Each echo educator makes your scanning time specific to your needs.

Choosing to use Philips Life Healthcare & Mindray ultrasound systems, leading specialist in point of care ultrasound.

"The art & Science of asking a question is the source of all knowledge"-Thomas Berger


CCPU reviewing of echo images: Kellie has been granted from ASUM to review scans for candidates who are completing the CCPU. Including independent scans, library case reviews, formative & summative assessments. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information.

Main Faculty:

Kellie D'Orsa BSc DMU, AMS Echo Educator.

Dr Pankaj Gupta MBBS, FNB, Cardiologist, Fellowship in Cardiac MRI, Boston Childrens, USA "Hands on teaching".

Accredited Cardiac Sonographer educators-Select.

A/Prof John Maloney Anaesthetics/ICU The Alfred Hospital Melbourne. Speaker.

Dr Cartan Costello Echo specialist ICU Woolongong. Speaker.

Dr Mark Rugless Emergency specialist St Vincent's hospital, Melbourne. Speaker.


ACEM ASM SYDNEY FCU/ECHO & ED ultrasound practical WORKSHOP inclusion in meeting Nov 2017.


Toowoomba Hospital Echo workshop August 2016.

Sponsor of EMUGS Victorian meeting July 14th Melbourne.

Emergency Cantebury Hospital Sydney, educational day June 2016.

Emergency medicine ultrasound groups EMUG Victorian meeting 27th April 2016

Eductional Presentation "St Vincents Hospital Melbourne" ICU June 2015

ASA & NZSA National Scientific Congress Darwin ECHO Workshop September 2015

Echo Facilitator ANZCA Singapore ECHO workshop May 2014

Echo Facilitator ASA QLD ECHO workshop September 2014

Invited Speaker "CSANZ 4th Monash Cardiovascular Symposium"-topic "Focused Cardiac Ultrasound" October 2014

"Excellent 2-day echo course: well organised, good pace, knowledgeable teachers, great manual. 
After the course Kellie has provided me with ongoing support to complete my CCPU (BELS and Rapid Cardiac Echo). A few weeks after the course I met her at Deakin Uni to review my scans. She also came to Sydney for a day to scan patients with me in our local ED, and has helped us with a basic CMO workshop in our hospital. Kellie is very enthusiastic and working with her is a breeze. 
10/10, keep up the hard work Kellie! "  Anthony Van Assche Consultant Emergency Medicine Sydney

"An excellent workshop . Pre-reading and lectures were very good however its hand's on probe time with expert instruction that is critical which Kellie's workshop delivers. Low ratio of delegates to instructors . I think everyone felt competent to obtain cardiac echo images from the 4  windows ,recognise anatomy and use doppler. Amazing to get so much skill in such a short time"  Dr Jeremy Buttsworth Anaesthetics SJOG MH WA, Perth

"Excellent 2 day workshop. Enjoyed the live scanning, was very surprised by the amount of live scanning which is great. Will recommend to my colleagues"  Dr Geoffrey Mifsud Westmed Hospital, Sydney.


"Just wanted to say that was an awesome weekend.  A great learning experience and a great sense of camaraderie with everyone.

I will be certainly recommending this course to others. Hopefully will catch up next year at a refresher"  

Dr Chris Clohesy  Remote Medical Practitioner NT.

"Just wished to write and thank you for the excellent course in Sydney fortnight ago. From an organisational and content point of view it was very well done and good value for money. I'd recommend it to any commers"  Dr Andrew Parkin. Royal Brisbane Emergency Physician.