Leading remote health organisation targets Canberra

17 Dec 2011

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.”

Media inquiries:

Car­ole Tay­lor CRANAplus CEO: 0429 649 226
Christo­pher Cliffe CRANAplus Pres­i­dent: 0427 826 409