Welcome to the Monash ICU PoCUS program. We provide US guided vascular access training for all registrars as part of the regular ICU education calendar at each site. If you miss attending at your site due to leave or night shift, you are able to join a session at another site (see key dates below).

We also provide CICM recognised training & credentialing in FoCUS Echo & Lung modules. These are only available to eligible Intensive Care registrars & consultants. Registrars must be CICM trainees on a minimum 12 month rotation & approved by their site Director/SOT prior to commencement.

We are introducing new one day ICU PoCUS courses covering FoCUS Echo & Lung. Participation will be co-ordinated by the ICU PoCUS Governance group – Dr Wisam Al-Bassam (Clayton), Dr George Lukas (Dandenong), Dr Sanjay Porwal (Casey) – to ensure all eligible trainees are provided with a course place.

Following completion of a Monash ICU PoCUS day course, further training continues with one-to-one individual bedside ultrasound skills sessions with PoCUS sonographer educators & supported by ICU PoCUS faculty. Training is tailored to individual needs, with the goal to achieve CICM accredited Monash Health Echo credentialing.  The one-to-one training sessions are arranged at times to suit your schedule using online bookings or email. Full details & instructions will be provided to participants prior to their course.


 Fri 11 March               ICU course 1 FoCUS Echo & Lung    

                      Fri 13 May                  ICU course 2 FoCUS Echo & Lung *rescheduled  

Fri 17 Jun                   ICU course 3 FoCUS Echo & Lung  

ICU program structure 2022

Dr Wisam Albassam     Consultant Intensivist FCICM GCCritCareEcho

Dr George Lukas          Consultant Intensivist MBBS FJFCIM FRACP FCICM

Dr Sanjay Porwal         Consultant Intensivist MBBS DNB (Med) MNAMS FCICM CCritCareEcho

Mr Anthony Wald         Sonographer Educator (Cardiac) BTech GDClinEd AMS (Card)

Ms Carolynne Cormack Sonographer Educator BAppSc(MedRad) GDUlt GCHPE FASA AMS


Dr Michael Toolis        Consultant Intensivist FCICM

Dr Haran Sathianathan Consultant Intensivist FCICM

Dr Brendan Murfin      Consultant Intensivist FCICM

Dr Mark Golod            Consultant Intensivist MD FFCICM SA SICM CCPU GCClinUS

Dr Siew Wai Wong      Consultant Intensivist FCICM GCCritCareEcho

Dr Adrian Pakavakis    Consultant Intensivist, MBBS FRACP FCICM GDipClinUS


A Prof Tim Leong Service Director Intensive Care, Monash Health

A Prof Ronnie Ptasznik  Director Diagnostic Imaging, Monash Health

A Prof Philip Mottram  Service Head Non-Invasive Imaging, Monash Heart