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40th CRANAplus Conference
Cairns Convention Centre, 10-12 October 2023
With the theme of ‘Building on 40 Years of Strength for a Sustainable, Skilled & Safe Workforce’, our signature annual event is a terrific opportunity reflect on what we have achieved as a unified workforce over the past four decades, drawing inspiration from our past to highlight present priorities and establish a roadmap for the future.
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.
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.
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 distribute mental health and wellbeing resources, content and products to support isolated and remote health nurses, midwives, and others in remote healthcare jobs.
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.
A CRANAplus Members' guide on retiring from remote area nursing
Retired rural and remote area nurses Stewart, Karen, June and Tracy share their retirement journeys and discuss transitioning out of the workforce, preparing your finances and home, pursuing your interests, and dealing with change.
Dan Hanson on the benefits of a remote area nursing mentor
The CRANAplus LINKS Mentoring Program for remote health professionals connects mentors and mentees from around Australia. Free for all parties, the program encourages career development and builds capabilities in clinical leadership, decision-making, networking, and resilience during studies, placements and recently gained employment. A mentee in the program, Dan Hanson, shares how the program has developed his career.
Release of The National Rural and Remote Nursing Generalist Framework heralds new era of preparedness for remote area nurses
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
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
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”
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
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
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
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
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
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,…
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