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Dr Ann Aitken PhD
CRANAplus Board Member
Ann has been a registered nurse for more than 40 years. She worked in specialist oncology and palliative care settings at the Royal Brisbane Hospital before moving to the bush in the early 1990s. She has worked in rural and remote settings in north Queensland since that time.
Ann is currently the Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Facility Manager at Atherton Hospital, and in this role is the manager of five rural and remote single nurse clinics in the local health service. Ann is passionate about rural and remote health, and a strong advocate for safe and quality health services in these diverse areas of service provision. The success of any health service depends on the effectiveness of the team, and Ann believes the safety and appropriate preparation and development of the health care team is paramount to that.
Ann completed her PhD in 2016. Her thesis explored the lived experience of rural and remote nurses working in Queensland who cared for people with cancer who had died. Ann has a Masters Degree in Rural and Remote Health, a Masters Degree in Conflict Management and Resolution, and is an accredited mediator. She completed her rural and isolated nursing endorsement in 2001 (RIPRN) and is an Immunisation Program Nurse. Ann is a Fellow of CRANAplus and a Fellow of the Australian College of Nursing.
Ann “keeps her hand” in clinical practice by working for the local domiciliary nursing service on weekends, where amongst other things, she can indulge her love of palliative care.