Minister Plibersek opens New CRANAplus Office in Queensland

10 May 2012

Sup­port for improved health ser­vices for peo­ple in remote Queens­land is about to get a boost with the open­ing of a Cairns office for CRANAplus, the nation­al organ­i­sa­tion for remote health professionals.

Health Min­is­ter Tanya Plibersek will open the new CRANAplus premis­es on Mon­day dur­ing her trip to Far North Queens­land to vis­it a remote community.

As the only organ­i­sa­tion in Aus­tralia with a sole focus on remote health, CRANAplus is expand­ing its phys­i­cal oper­a­tions into far north Queens­land to improve its ser­vices to mem­bers and peo­ple across Queensland. 

The move into Cairns was a log­i­cal one, as Far North Queens­land has a vast and quite diver­gent remote pop­u­la­tion and boasts a large pro­por­tion of our mem­ber­ship base, which we are keen to sup­port,” CRANAplus Pres­i­dent Christo­pher Cliffe said, It has been a chal­lenge to see this dream become a real­i­ty, but just like the indus­try we rep­re­sent, dogged deter­mi­na­tion and a can-do’ men­tal­i­ty has seen it eventuate.”

Min­is­ter Plibersek has indi­cat­ed her sup­port for those who live and work in the remote areas of this coun­try and we are keen to show her what we do and what are the real needs of the peo­ple who pro­vide health ser­vices to peo­ple in the bush,” CRANAplus CEO Car­ole Tay­lor said, We are thrilled that, so soon after her appoint­ment, she has made the time to vis­it a remote loca­tion to engage with the health providers and supporters.”

There are many areas that the Gov­ern­ment needs to address to ensure that peo­ple who live out­side the cities of Aus­tralia, have health equi­ty with their city cousins. This is more than just train­ing more health pro­fes­sion­als, it requires inno­va­tion in ser­vice mod­els and work­force roles ” stressed Mr. Cliffe

The open­ing will take place on Mon­day 14th May 2012 at 189 Abbott Street Cairns.

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