The Cutting Edge: Peripheral Nerve Block


The Cutting Edge: Peripheral Nerve Block Workshop aims to increase breadth and depth of theoretical, anatomical and practical knowledge in relation to peripheral nerve block techniques and safety.

Suitable for: Emergency Physicians, Anaesthetists, General Practitioners, Emergency Department Nurses and Nurse Practitioners


Available (doctor) Available (nurse)
Saturday, 6 August 2022


Other outcomes include the improvement of ultrasound skills required to perform a peripheral nerve block correctly and safely as well as an increased awareness of the risks of peripheral nerve blocks and their reduction.

This workshop is aimed at emergency physicians and general practitioners wishing to improve their anatomical knowledge and understanding of peripheral nerve blocks. It may be also of benefit for Emergency Department nurses and nurse practitioners.


Workshop Content

The workshop features rotating demonstration and ultrasound guided practical stations with 4 participants per group, utilising:

Human and Fresh Frozen Cadaveric Prosection Models Utilising Ultrasound:

  • Faciomaxillary and jaw blocks
  • Femoral/sciatic nerve blocks
  • Forearm/wrist blocks
  • Knee/ankle/foot blocks
  • Thoracic paravertebral/intercostal blocks
  • Brachial plexus blocks

Animal Tissue Model Utilising Ultrasound and Needles:

  • Introductory needling technique hand to eye co-ordination session utilising porcine phantom models.
  • Thoracic paravertebral/intercostal blocks involving needle insertion practice on porcine tissue

Participants will then be provided expert feedback in small groups on their nerve block techniques and knowledge, including that of ultrasound guided blocks. This will be followed by a scenario driven interactive session with the faculty panel, and:

Safety of local anaesthetics


Workshop Inclusions

  • Online pre-reading
  • Prosections, animal tissue and human models
  • Didactic sessions
  • All meals and refreshments


2021 Fee

WA Emergency Physician & GP: $935
Non-WA Emergency Physicians & GP:  $1115
WA Emergency Department Nurses  & Nurse Practitioner: $430
Non-WA Emergency Department Nurses & Nurse Practitioner: $590 

The Australian Government is offering training grants of $2,000 per day to rural and remote procedural and emergency medicine GPs to maintain their skills.   For further information please contact the RACGP National Rural Faculty on 1800 636 764 or


COVID-19 Information for Workshop Participants


CTEC Terms & Conditions

Workshop content, date and convenors may be subject to change or cancellation due to unforeseen circumstances


Accreditations or CPD Approvals

Approved by the RACGP as a CPD Accredited Activity (40 points) in the 2020-2022 Triennium. Approved for a 1 Day Rural Procedural Grant in Emergency or Anaesthesia.
This educational activity is approved for 6 ACEM CPD hours.
Accredited by ACRRM for 3 Educational Activity and 6 Performance Review PDP Units.


"Great teaching from all of the instructors with some great practical tips and additional resources for learning. "
"A wonderful program. "
"I feel more confident in performing some nerve blocks and more confident with the ultrasound techniques. "
- 2021 Workshop Participants


The University of Western Australia
Entrance No.2
Hackett Drive, Crawley
Perth, Western Australia

For more information contact

Lorna Christie
Senior Course Coordinator
T +61 8 6488 8505

CTEC acknowledges the support of the following:

Stay informed of our activities