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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.

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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Our History

To celebrate 40 years, we’ve charted the milestones in our not-for-profit organisation’s history – including the famous 1983 conference, the development of the Remote Emergency Care course, and the creation of the Bush Support Line. A lot can change in 40 years, but the organisation’s volunteer roots, passionate Members, and focus on improving remote health remain to this day.

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Tasmanian nurse Katie Pennington recognised as 2023 Remote & Isolated Health Professional of the Year

This year’s recipient of the CRANAplus Aurora Award for the Remote and Isolated Health Professional of the Year, Katie Pennington, reflects on the power of nurses’ voices, the community health model of care, and her work from East Timor to East Tasmania.

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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.

Calls for Nurse Prac­ti­tion­ers to be utilised in COVID vac­ci­na­tion roll-out

Professional 30 Jul 2021

A COALITION of peak nursing organisations is calling on National Cabinet today to include Australia’s highly-skilled nursing practitioner (NP) workforce in the COVID vaccination roll-out.

First past the post: Rur­al health work­ers must get ahead of the COVID vac­cine field

Professional 28 Jul 2021

In the race to protect the population from COVID, peak rural health bodies are united in their call for rural health workers to have priority access to COVID vaccines, as their risk of exposure…

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