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 bestow multiple awards annually, including 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 and attend our national conference.

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Annual Conference

Since 1983 we have been offering 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.

2021 Symposium


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 to towards certification.

How We Advocate

How else do we sup­port the workforce?

  1. Our LINKS Mentoring Program is a popular way for students, recently qualified professionals and new workers to enhance learning and development.

  2. We actively support and undertake research, especially when it contributes to the RAN workforce pipeline.

  3. We run a Fellowship Program that recognises members who have made an outstanding contribution to remote and isolated health.

  4. We provide career pathway insights for upcoming remote health professionals by developing resources and highlighting career incentives.