Stories & Testimonials

  1. Having a Whale of a Time in the Great South West:

    4 Jul 2017

    CEO of Heywood Rural Health, Jackie Kelly swaps big city living for life on the beach.

  2. In love with Alice

    4 Jul 2017

    After completing a student placement in Central Australia, Registered Nurse Melissa Godden has returned to the Northern Territory to undertake a Graduate Nurse Program at Alice Springs Hospital. She discusses the experience of going to Alice Springs for the first time and now returning to work in the town she fell in love with.

  3. Prepared for the challenges

    4 Jul 2017

    A nursing background in trauma management, and working for 16 years in a remote hospital in his home land, Zimbabwe, prepared Freedom Zulu well for the challenges of working in Pormpuraaw Primary Healthcare Centre on the western side of Cape York Peninsula.

  4. Play together, stay together

    4 Jul 2017

    Mutton birding, Reiki healing and golf: these are just three of the varied activities on truwana/Cape Barren Island that are helping the locals follow their motto of “the community that plays together, stays together”.

  5. First taste of Remote Nursing: From ICU to Ali Curung

    4 Jul 2017

    Self-exposed ‘quintessential city slicker’ Charlotte Sumskas, a Critical Care Registered Nurse, recently went bush for a remote clinical placement. These are her thoughts, penned in the midst of her jam-packed experience.

  6. Maningrida to Manhattan

    4 Jul 2017

    Registered Nurse Sue Ellen Kovack left her nomadic lifestyle as a remote area nurse in Australia for the Big Apple in November 2016. As she says, she went “from one extreme (in so many ways), to another.” Here’s her story.

  7. Barefoot Initiative - Lexi Keneally

    28 Jun 2017

    We first met Lexi Keneally and family back in the March/Autumn 2013 Magazine. Here she catches us up on the amazing work being done by the Barefoot Initiative on the International stage.

  8. Trent Ramsay - A Paramedic Intern in the Northern Territory – A Personal Experience

    9 Dec 2016

    ‘Do you want a job as a paramedic in Darwin?’... ‘Yes please! Where do I sign?’ A few weeks after travelling to Darwin for an intensive 2-day interview process, Trent Ramsay received the above call from the St John Ambulance Australia Northern Territory (SJAANT) recruitment officer.

  9. Lilly Sideris: Step out of your comfort zone

    9 Dec 2016

    Step out of your comfort zone Being a student is the perfect time for stepping out of your comfort zone and taking new opportunities, says 3rd year nursing student Lilly Sideris.

  10. Student Katarina Samotna - Multiple positive experiences

    9 Dec 2016

    Indigenous health has always been a passion for Katarina Samotna, a 3rd Year Bachelor of Nursing student at Charles Darwin University. And her recent placement in the remote Indigenous communities of Haasts Bluff and Titjikala in the Northern Territory and at Alice Springs Hospital (ASH) has cemented her commitment.

  11. Gawaine Glasby meets the Dalai Lama

    21 Jul 2016

    Gwaine will forever remember his encounter this year with the Dalai Lama in a tin shed near Uluru, with camp dogs roaming freely around the legs of everyone present.

  12. Anyone for an e-Cuppa?

    21 Jul 2016

    Marcia, Katrina and Leanne shared an ‘e-cuppa’ on Skype celebrating 12 months with the CRANAplus LINKS mentoring program.

  13. Jessica Zachar - Dental Student on Wheels

    21 Jul 2016

    Traveling in the purpose-built dental van to provide services in aged care facilities in the Port Macquarie region was a highlight for Jessica Zachar, a Final Year Dentistry Student at Charles Sturt University, during her rural placement.

  14. Greg Clark

    21 Jul 2016

    A Midwife is Born - Registered Nurse Greg Clark shares his story of deciding to become a Midwife.

  15. Cake to Cape

    21 Jul 2016

    Four medical students from Dundee Scotland recently completed a fortnight’s placement in the remote Aboriginal community of Napranum on Cape York peninsula, 800kms north of Cairns.

  16. Connie Hierl

    24 Apr 2016

    Connie Hierl, a 3rd year Bachelor of Nursing student at Griffith University in Southport, has discovered firsthand how nurses working in remote areas need to be flexible in an ever-changing environment.

  17. Rory McGrath-Swan

    24 Apr 2016

    3rd Year Bachelor of Nursing Student at Uni SA, Rory McGrath-Swan shares his story of 'a great opportunity'. A stint at One Arm Point, about 200 kilometres north of Broome on the Dampier Peninsula, has reinforced his aspiration to one day ‘go remote’.

  18. Dianne Few

    4 Dec 2015

    Dianne Few shares insights into the diverse roles and locations that working as a remote area nurse has to offer.

  19. Pam Wade

    22 Oct 2015

    Ever considered going Remote? CRANAplus Member, Pam Wade felt the need for a sea-change. See her short story here.

  20. Jessica Zachar

    15 Oct 2015

    A final-year Dentistry student at Charles Sturt University, Jessica has her career hopes on going rural and assisting in closing the gap in oral health services.

  21. Dr Nick Williams

    9 Jul 2015

    Dr Nick Williams has been a doctor for over 30 years and reckons almost everything useful he has learnt has been from nurses and community health workers.

  22. Angela Ramsay and Ely Taylor

    9 Jul 2015

    For Angela Ramsay and Ely Taylor, two students from Canberra whose clinical nursing experience to date was bound to hospitals, “going remote” was both eye-opening and refreshing.

  23. ​Dr Lloyd Fletcher

    9 Jul 2015

    Dr Lloyd Fletcher, who spent 12 months in Antarctica as the Dr on Australia’s Davis Station, says he would recommend the experience of “going south” to anyone.

  24. Palpable respect and pride

    9 Jul 2015

    Continuing the development of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioners

  25. Nancy Weatherford

    9 Jul 2015

    A love for tiny little towns, isolated islands and the Aussie outback! Nancy has a passion for public health and improving living standards for those in far-flung corners of the world.

  26. All in the Family

    9 Jul 2015

    The Glasby siblings, Gawaine, Aysleen, Aidan and Kyra, and their partners are all nurses involved in work as diverse as each individual.