We are pleased to announce the 35th Annual CRANAplus Conference will be held at Cable Beach Club Resort and Spa in Broome, Western Australia, from 18 to 20 October 2017.


Since the organisation’s inception in 1982 this event has served to create an opportunity for likeminded remote and isolated health individuals who can network, connect and share. It serves as both a professional and social resource for the Remote and Isolated Health Workforce of Australia. We aim to offer an environment that will foster new ideas, promote collegiate relationships, provide opportunities for professional development and celebrate remote health practice.

Abstracts Open

30 January 2017

Abstracts Close

15 May 2017

Early-Bird Closes

31 July 2017


Sponsors will be recognised as keen and vital supporters of the field. Visit the Sponsor & Exhibitor Profiles page to view company profiles.

Opening & Welcome Drinks Host

Associate Partner

Satchel Insert Sponsor


To view speaker biographies please visit the Speakers Page.

Dr Keith Suter

Shellie Morris

Professor Sue Kildea

Who Should Attend

  • Remote and isolated health professionals
  • Consumers
  • Remote or isolated health and community Service Providers
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health services
  • Undergraduate and postgraduate students
  • Researchers and education providers
  • Professional bodies & associations
  • State, Territory & Local Governments

Conference Manager

Please direct enquiries to Kate Smith at Conference Design:

+61 3 6231 2999


Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa
1 Cable Beach Rd W
Broome WA 6725

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Dear CRANAplus Members and Stakeholders,
We are very excited this week to welcome the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Association (NATSIHWA natsihwa.org.au/) as our newest corporate member. As the peak body for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioners in Australia since 2009, they support and grow recognition of both current and future generations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers.

I’ve had the pleasure to work with Josslyn (Chair) and Karl (CEO) in other roles and I’m confident that they and their teams will achieve great things for the essential Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioners of Australia. CRANAplus looks forward to working further with NATSIHWA to better achieve our mutual agreed objectives.

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