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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.

View our Val­ues State­ment.

How CRANAplus sup­ports the workforce


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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. 

Well­be­ing support

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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

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CRANAplus pro­vides a range of oppor­tu­ni­ties and resources to sup­port the pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment of remote area nurs­es, mid­wives and oth­er health pro­fes­sion­als, including:


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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

Project col­lab­o­ra­tion


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.


Membership conf

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.