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Cardiac MBS

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Several changes have been made to the MBS ‘cardiac services’ items following recommendations by the MBS Review Taskforce. These changes will take effect from 1 July 2021.

Changes to ultrasound related items include the removal of some of the restrictions for echocardiography items 55137 and 55143.


Detailed information is available from MBS Online.

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DDU International Pathway


The DDU Board of Examiners is pleased to announce the introduction of the ‘DDU International Pathway’. This pathway is being introduced to support international medical graduates filing temporary ‘fellowship’ positions, or equivalent, with an emphasis on ultrasound training in Australia and New Zealand (AU/NZ).


Such candidates are required to complete a minimum of one (1) year of training under DDU appropriate supervision in AU/NZ with the potential to complete their remaining training in their country of origin/specialist training.


There are three pathways available which are detailed here.


Pathway 1: Working in AU/NZ ‘fellowship’ position or equivalent.


Pathway 2: Received offer for ‘fellowship’ position or equivalent, however, have not yet commenced employment.


Pathway 3: Candidate on or pending acceptance onto the Specialty International Medical Graduate Pathway (SIMG) of relevant AU/NZ college and completing the DDU in AU/NZ.


Enrolment under the above pathways is accompanied by strict eligibility and maintenance criteria therefore, candidates choosing to enrol must ensure they fully understand and are able to commit to all stipulated requirements as outlined in the ‘DDU International Pathway’. No exceptions or customisations can be made to the pathway. As such, all enrolments under the DDU International Pathway are at the candidate’s risk.


If you would like more information, please contact the ASUM Education team at


DDU International Pathway


A sonographer should not be treated as a fancy machine running another fancy machine. A sonographer should be treated as a smart and critically-thinking human being who performs the job they have been trained for; that is using the ultrasound instrument to find out what is wrong with the patient.


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