Introductory Gastrointestinal Endoscopy


The Introductory Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Workshop has been designed for practitioners embarking on a career requiring the regular use of GI endoscopic skills. The major emphasis of the workshop will be on gaining practical experience. This workshop will next be offered in 2021.

Suitable for: This workshop is suitable for Gastroenterology and General Surgery Trainees about to commence GI Endoscopy Training


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The workshop will focus on the basic techniques necessary to safely carry out a gastroscopy and colonoscopy, and will provide frequent opportunities for supervised practise of these skills on endoscopy simulators.

Participants will use animal (porcine) tissue* models (Koken model, EASIE, Endo-trainer) and the computerised EndoscopyVR simulator. The EndoscopyVR simulator offers superior force feedback sensation and physiological and anatomically correct simulation for the Trainee.

Workshop Content

Practical Stations include:

  • Endoscope handling and troubleshooting of common equipment problems
  • Basic methods in gastroscope insertion and examination of the upper GI tract
  • Basic methods in colonoscope intubation and examination of the lower GI tract
  • Recognition of upper and lower GI common pathology
  • Polypectomy using the EndoscopyVR Simulator

Endoscopic techniques to treat the following conditions will be demonstrated:

  • GI bleeding (injection, diathermy and clipping)
  • Oesophageal strictures (oesophageal dilatation)
  • Mucosal polyps (polypectomy)
  • Foreign body retrieval

Post Workshop Practise

To achieve the appropriate level of competence in these techniques, the Introductory Workshop must be followed by a period of supervised clinical practise (in accordance with the recommendations of the Conjoint Committee for the Recognition of Training in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy).

Limited sponsorship is available to WA participants from the WA Cancer and Palliative Care Network and WA participants will receive a 50% rebate of the workshop fee.

Workshop Inclusions

  • Porcine tissue and computerised simulation models
  • Didactic Sessions
  • All meals and refreshments
  • Limited to 10 places to maximise practical learning time

2020 Fee

WA Participant: $1970 (WA participants will receive a 50% rebate due to workshop sponsorship by the WA Cancer and Palliative Care Network).
Non-WA Participant: $2070


CTEC Terms & Conditions

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


This educational activity has been approved in the RACS CPD Program. Fellows who participate can claim 1 point per hour (to a maximum of 14 points) in Maintenance of Knowledge and Skills. Participation in this activity will be populated into participants' RACS CPD )line.


"The practical sessions were definitely extremely valuable, good learning and helps to build confidence and comfort using a scope. The presentations - especially on PEGS, GI bleeding and sedation were very useful. "
"Entering my scoping list this week after the workshop, I felt more comfortable in scope set up and some of the torque and other manoeuvres to guide my scope."
"I found all sessions very helpful - both practical and lectures. "
- 2019 Workshop Participants


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

For more information contact

John Linehan
Senior Course Co-ordinator
T +61 8 6488 8049

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