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Our Professional Services team provide support and recognition to the current remote health workforce, and encourage and empower the emerging workforce
Are you new to remote practice? Access our guide to planning and preparing for a short or limited length placement in a remote area health care setting.
Our Professional Services division is dedicated to supporting remote area nurses, midwives and health professionals. Professional Services’ unique reach, influence, leadership and networks within the remote, isolated and rural context position us as a valuable collaborator for key stakeholders, including governments.
Awards, Grants and Scholarships
We run an annual awards program, which includes the prestigious Aurora Award, as part of our commitment to celebrating excellence in remote nursing practice. We offer scholarships that provide financial support to undergraduate students during remote placements and annually award the Gayle Woodford Memorial Scholarship. Our grants enable remote practitioners to access educational courses.
Since 1983 we have held an annual conference that brings together the dispersed remote and isolated health workforce. The event hosts keynote speakers from across industry and brings together health practitioners, managers, government representatives, policy makers, academics and students. It provides the ideal setting for celebrating excellence and sharing knowledge.
We represent the remote and isolated workforce via an ongoing program of consultations, submissions, committees, and position papers. Our Remote Area Nurse Standards and online Certification process ensure RANs meet essential requirements to be safe providers of remote, isolated healthcare, through a program including professional advice and mentoring on the pathway towards certification.
How else do we support the workforce?
Our LINKS Mentoring Program is a popular way for students, recently qualified professionals and new workers to enhance learning and development.
We actively support and undertake research, especially when it contributes to the RAN workforce pipeline.
We run a Fellowship Program that recognises members who have made an outstanding contribution to remote and isolated health.
We provide career pathway insights for upcoming remote health professionals by developing resources and highlighting career incentives.