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Who we are
CRANAplus is the peak professional body for the remote and isolated health workforce. Discover more about how we are supporting nurses, midwives and other health professionals.
View our Values Statement.
CRANAplus is a grassroots, not-for-profit, membership-based organisation that was founded in 1983.
We provide a wide range of services, support and opportunities to nurses, midwives and other health professionals to ensure the delivery of safe, high quality primary healthcare to remote and isolated areas of Australia.
Our primary offices are in Cairns and Adelaide, plus we employ remote staff throughout the country.
How CRANAplus supports the workforce
CRANAplus delivers face-to-face courses, online courses, and webinars that are tailored to rural and remote health practice.
Designed by subject matter experts to upskill nurses, midwives and other health professionals, our hands-on in-person courses cover topics including emergency care, maternity care and paediatric emergencies.
They are offered in convenient urban and outback locations Australia-wide.
CRANAplus provides mental health and wellbeing support to the rural and remote health workforce and their families in recognition of the unique personal and professional demands they face.
Our Bush Support Line provides free, confidential, 24/7 telephone support. You can ring 1800 805 391 any time to speak with an experienced psychologist. We also deliver free wellbeing workshops, develop guides, and send our ‘Mindful Monday’ email newsletter weekly.
Nursing & midwifery career pathways support
CRANAplus provides a range of opportunities and resources to support the professional development of remote area nurses, midwives and other health professionals, including:
- The CRANAplus Awards
- Grants for professional development
- Scholarships for undergraduates and post-graduates
- The CRANAplus Annual Conference
- Resources, guides and career support
- Facilitation of mentoring relationships
- An employment page listing remote health jobs from around the country
CRANAplus advocates for change on issues affecting the workforce and remote populations, including safety, health inequality, and workforce availability.
Our advocacy gives our membership a voice that is heard by decision makers and includes the following activities:
- Advocacy through our links with all levels of Government and participation on steering, advisory and working groups, committees, and governance bodies
- Position statements and submissions during enquiries and consultations
- Publication of CRANAplus Magazine, which tells your stories to politicians and the wider health community
CRANAplus carried out the Community Night Patrol Safety Project in partnership with over 80 night patrols in NT/SA.
CRANAplus’ unique reach, influence, leadership and networks within the remote, isolated and rural context position us as a valuable collaborator for key stakeholders, including governments.
We partner with likeminded organisations on important projects which address workforce and remote health needs. Projects that CRANAplus has led in in recent years include but are not limited to:
- The Safety and Security Project
- The After Hours Aged Care Project
- Mental Health Training for Health Professionals in Drought and Bushfire Affected Areas Project.
CRANAplus offers two types of membership.
Corporate Membership is for small and large organisations. It is an opportunity to openly support CRANAplus’ work and in turn, to support the remote health workforce. It also provides access to many benefits, including free employment advertising and communication with our networks.
Individual Membership is for nurses, midwives and other health professionals who would like to be a part of the CRANAplus community. Your support enables us to keep doing what we do, and gives you access to course and conference discounts, scholarships and grants, a CRANAplus magazine subscription, and many other benefits.
Now you know us a little better, we’d love to get to know you! If we can support you or your organisation in any way, contact us.