Leading remote health organisation targets Canberra
CRANAplus, increasingly recognized as the leading voice of Australia’s remote and isolated workforce, is setting up a base in Canberra in its bid to put rural and remote health issues higher on national and political agendas.
This strategic move will see CRANAplus working closely alongside other key national professional bodies and NGOs.
The move will further enhance the increasing recognition of expertise and experience within CRANAplus to support the unique health issues facing the populations and the health professionals in these regions.
This new position of National Coordinator of Professional Services will be taken up by Geri Malone in February 2011.
The new position will also add impetus to the push by CRANAplus to have remote area nursing recognised as a specialist area of practice that requires specific skills, education and professional endorsement.
“This is a natural progression for CRANAplus,” Geri said. “We will now be in an even better position to contribute towards policy development and be involved in advocacy and lobbying.”
Geri, a Registered Nurse and midwife, currently working with the Royal Flying Doctor Service, has extensive experience in rural and remote area nursing, as well as involvement with national organisations based in Canberra, including a term as Director of Australian Rural Nurses and Midwives.
“I’m thrilled that CRANAplus after 28 years is at a point in its evolution where it is able to commit its own resources to a dedicated advocacy role,” said CRANAplus President Christopher Cliffe.
“We now have a permanent presence in Canberra to promptly liaise and respond to our stakeholders and ensure that the voice of the remote and isolated workforce is continued to be heard.”
Carole Taylor CRANAplus CEO: 0429 649 226
Christopher Cliffe CRANAplus President: 0427 826 409