Breaking the Mould – In Bali!

MSK Australia sono Matt Gourlay gives us the background as to why he and 2 others broke out of the scanning room and delved into the world of providing CPD – they’ve been running fun, good quality conferences in Bali and Noosa for six years now. 


How did MSK Australia come about? 

The Australian conference offerings can be somewhat overwhelming! With a solid weekend of lectures in a dark conference room (reminds me of our Monday-Friday!) and minimal downtime. You often return to work on a Monday feeling like you haven’t had a break.

I had the opportunity to attend conferences in both Italy (2015) and South Korea (2018) and loved the experience of combining education with travel. Together with Dan (a great educator and ASUM sonographer of the year 2023!) and Shaun Fowler (amazing radiologist) we decided to try our luck at giving an alternative conference offering, thus MSK Australia was born.

We wanted a destination conference but with high quality talks and clinically relevant content with didactic live scanning (workshop style) an important addition. Bali was a logical destination due to its accessibility from major centres and ability to combine conference time with down time (beach clubs, amazing restaurants, massages and cocktails by the resort pool!).

We had 2 amazing events in 2018-19 before COVID ruined our 2020 plans. We pivoted with online offerings and established a Noosa conference as our destination face-to-face event. Noosa began, and its popularity was enough for us to decide to continue with two destination events.

Bali 2023 was a lot of fun! We had an fantastic English sports physician as guest presenter and whilst registrants were predominantly Australians and New Zealanders we had sonographers, radiologists and sports doctors from multiple countries around the world attend. We also had the exceptional Bridie Roache speak in Noosa this year and are looking to bring in more guest presenters in 2024 and beyond!


Bali sounds fun! Can you give us any ideas on what to expect?  

Beside the quality CPD (which, by the way equates to 20 CPD points) there is plenty more to enjoy. We run a networking session and a conference dinner.  All the CPD session are in the morning so participants can get out and enjoy Bali in the afternoon. And if you’re a stats person…

  • Over our 3 Bali events, we have given away more than 50 free massages and countless cocktails in prizes
  • 1 x pool related ACL rupture (luckily there was a sports doctor prepared to put down his cocktail to assist)
  • Zero scooter fatalities  😆
  • 500+ attendees to MSK Bali since 2018




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