Minister Plibersek opens New CRANAplus Office in Queensland
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.