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


Sold out (doctor) Sold out (nurse)
Saturday, 17 August 2024


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


2024 Fees

WA Emergency Physician & GP: $950
Non-WA Emergency Physicians & GP:  $1170
WA Emergency Department Nurses  & Nurse Practitioner: $440
Non-WA Emergency Department Nurses & Nurse Practitioner: $620 

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

This workshop is an approved activity in the RACGP CPD Program for the 2023-2025 Triennium. It is approved for 3 hours in Educational Activities and 4.5 hours in Reviewing Performance. This workshop is eligible for a 1 Day Rural Procedural Grant in Anaesthetics and Emergency Medicine. Approval will be sought in the ACRRM CPD Program.
Approval will be sought with ACEM CPD Program.
Approved by ACRRM for 6 PDP hours in Educational Activity, 3 in Additional CPD requirements, 1 in Outcome Measurement and 12 MOPS hours in Radiology.


"Friendly, approachable and knowledgeable faculty. Thank you. "
"I gained a better understanding of blocks that could be used in remote rural settings for analgesic purposes and the anatomy and technique associated with same."
"I really enjoyed every station and was able to learn something at every station. "
"Thank you for a well run course with excellent faculty. "
- 2023 Workshop Participants


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

For more information contact

Elisha Thompson
Course Coordinator
T +61 8 6488 8695

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