Will you be joining us at the 2024 Remote Nursing & Midwifery Conference?
23-25 October 2024, Naarm/Melbourne. We are now accepting abstract submissions. Click here to learn more or to register and access the early-bird discount.

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CRANAplus provides high quality face-to-face courses and online courses accessible to isolated, remote health professionals and targeted to remote area practice, including rural and remote nursing and midwifery.

2024 Remote Nursing & Midwifery Conference

The Remote Nursing & Midwifery Conference is Australia’s signature annual event for the remote health workforce. Its rich history spans back to 1983, the date of the very first CRANAplus Conference. Now with a new name, but very much the event you know and love, this year’s conference will be held in Naarm, on the traditional lands of the Kulin Nation, at Crown Melbourne, Victoria from 23-25 October 2024.

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Scholarships, Awards & Grants

CRANAplus supports isolated and remote health professionals through the challenges they face. Our not-for-profit organisation delivers undergraduate scholarships, post-graduate scholarships, industry awards, and remote health course attendance grants. We produce guidelines and position statements, and advocate for change on issues that matter to our membership. Our services empower remote and isolated health professionals to develop their career and deliver effective remote healthcare.

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Mental Health & Wellbeing

The CRANAplus Bush Support Line is vital in retaining a healthy, resilient remote health workforce. Our Bush Support Line offers free 24/7 confidential mental health support to health professionals servicing outback towns, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and other remote, isolated destinations. We deliver Wellbeing Workshops and distribute mental health and wellbeing resources, content and products to support isolated and remote health nurses, midwives, and others in remote healthcare jobs.

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Rural and Remote Employment

Become an integral part of Australia’s remote healthcare workforce by browsing our remote healthcare employment page. Find an isolated health or remote health job as a clinical nurse, care nurse, midwife, nurse manager, or within another profession, while working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, men’s health, maternal health, mental health care, children’s health, primary health, aged care, or other fields.

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What to take with you! Remote area nursing packing list

We invited CRANAplus Members to share their advice on items to bring when working in a remote area, or to purchase when visiting a regional or urban hub. Here is the list you helped us to compile!

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Strongyloidiasis – eradicating every last worm

2021 NT Australian of the Year, Dr Wendy Page spent three decades working in East Arnhem Land with Miwatj Health Aboriginal Corporation, fighting a parasitic enemy that is invisible to the naked eye and capable of multiplying into the millions – with incredible success. Now through the advocacy group Strongyloidiasis Australia, she’s tackling the disease on a national scale.

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Nurs­ing & mid­wifery stu­dents on remote place­ments to ben­e­fit from new Gov­ern­ment payment

7 May 2024

CRANAplus welcomes the announcement by the Government that it will establish a Commonwealth Prac Payment worth $319.50 a week to support nursing and midwifery students to undertake mandatory unpaid…

Com­mu­ni­ties urged to unveil local health­care excellence

1 May 2024

The peak body for the remote health workforce is calling upon everyday Australians to identify nurses, midwives and other health professionals who deserve the industry’s top professional accolade.

Remote area nurse John Wright elect­ed as CRANAplus Board Chair

Professional 7 Dec 2023

Experienced remote area nurse John Wright has been appointed as the new Board Chair of CRANAplus, the peak professional body for remote health in Australia.

New mod­els of nurs­ing care will pro­vide solu­tions to the age­ing population

25 Aug 2023

A joint press release from Members of the Nursing Leaders of Australia, representing Australian Nursing Peak Organisations, following the release of the Intergenerational Report.

Release of The Nation­al Rur­al and Remote Nurs­ing Gen­er­al­ist Frame­work her­alds new era of pre­pared­ness for remote area nurses

Professional 27 Mar 2023

The Assistant Minister for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention & Rural and Regional Health, the Hon. Emma McBride, has today launched the National Rural and Remote Nursing Generalist Framework…

CRANAplus wel­comes fund­ing for WA’s Nurse Prac­ti­tion­er Workforce

22 Feb 2023

CRANAplus welcomes the announcement of $11.7 million in government funding towards the employment of 20 Nurse Practitioners in Western Australia for two years as part of a pilot program that aims to…

Nurs­ing organ­i­sa­tions con­demn Mor­ri­son Gov­ern­ment for fail­ures in aged care

Professional 2 Feb 2022

The country’s peak nursing organisations today stand together to condemn the Morrison Government for its failure to protect Australia’s nursing home residents, and the nurses and care workers doing…

Gov­ern­ment to lure doc­tors and nurs­es to rur­al region­al and remote areas by slash­ing uni­ver­si­ty debt”

Professional 14 Dec 2021

Peak nurs­ing organ­i­sa­tions wel­come the announce­ment of addi­tion­al sup­port for health prac­ti­tion­ers to work in rur­al and remote areas.

Remote Area Nurs­es Recog­nised for Excellence

Professional, Conference 20 Sep 2021

Outstanding Australian remote health professionals are being celebrated this September with the announcement of the 2021 CRANAplus Award Winners.

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