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We provide high quality face-to-face workshops and online courses accessible to isolated, remote health professionals and targeted to remote area practice, including rural and remote nursing.

Scholarships, Awards & Grants

CRANAplus supports isolated and remote health professionals through the challenges of the setting in which they live and work. We deliver scholarships, awards and grants, guidelines and standards, webinars and mental health training resources, while advocating for change on issues that matter to our membership. Our services empower remote and isolated health professionals to develop their career, deliver effective remote healthcare, and protect their own wellbeing.

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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 professionals servicing outback towns, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and other remote, isolated destinations. We deliver mental health and wellbeing resources and products, and distribute an email newsletter 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, 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 an array of other fields.

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Meet CRANAplus Board Member, Naomi Zaro

Abo­rig­i­nal Health Prac­ti­tion­er Nao­mi Zaro hap­pened to turn on her com­put­er while work­ing in a remote NT com­mu­ni­ty, to dis­cov­er she’d just been wel­comed as the newest mem­ber on the CRANAplus Board. Orig­i­nal­ly from Kal­go­or­lie in WA, Nao­mi has worked for the past 18 months as an AHP for Sun­rise Health Ser­vice, based in Kather­ine in the NT, and is about to com­plete her Diplo­ma of Abo­rig­i­nal and/​or Tor­res Strait Islander Pri­ma­ry Health Care Prac­tice.

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Lightening the Burden

Ballarat-based nursing student Molly Gladman’s four-week placement in Tennant Creek saw her gain experience in the general ward, midwifery clinic, renal dialysis unit, and GP clinic. Confronted by the inequitable burden of disease faced by Indigenous Australians, she finished placement with a new resolution.

Read Molly's story

Remote Area Nurs­es Recog­nised for Excellence

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

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

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…

CRANAplus Vir­tu­al Symposium

Conference 7 Jun 2021

CRANAplus will be pro­vid­ing oth­er oppor­tu­ni­ties that enable our com­mu­ni­ty to engage, share knowl­edge, learn and con­nect with one anoth­er. There will be a one-day vir­tu­al sym­po­sium on…

Fed­er­al Region­al Health Min­is­ter Mark Coul­ton dis­cuss issues affect­ing remote health

2 Jun 2021

The meet­ing between Min­is­ter Coul­ton and CRANAplus was the ide­al oppor­tu­ni­ty to dis­cuss the recent­ly released 2021 – 22 Fed­er­al Bud­get ini­tia­tives tar­get­ing rur­al and remote health,…

Schol­ar­ship in mem­o­ry of Gayle Wood­ford is mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in rur­al & remote communities

17 Mar 2021

March 23, 2021, marks five years since the tragic death of much-loved Remote Area Nurse (RAN) Gayle Woodford. It is also the fifth anniversary of a scholarship set up in Mrs Woodford’s memory, which…

Free 24/7 sup­port ser­vice offers a life­line to remote and rur­al health workers

17 Feb 2021

Remote and rural health workers make a difference to people’s lives every day, supporting those who may be at their lowest ebb, and keeping the communities in which, they live healthy and safe. But…

Decades of dedication

11 Dec 2020

This year, breaking tradition due to the challenges surrounding COVID-19 we present the 2020 CRANAplus awards to you digitally. The 2020 CRANAplus awards focus specifically on recognising remote…

Men­tal health sup­port avail­able for rur­al front­line nurses

Support 17 Sep 2020

Health professionals in drought and bushfire affected rural communities have access to extra resources to help them deal with the mental health fallout from these events.

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