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


To view speaker biographies please visit the Speakers Page.

Dr Keith Suter

Shellie Morris

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

Facebook Posts

One year ago our colleague Gayle Woodford, was tragically murdered in the remote community where she worked and lived.
Our thoughts on this anniversary are with her family, friends and colleagues.

We also pause to remember her dedicated contribution to remote and isolated healthcare in Australia.

Today is a day to acknowledge the sadness, grief, anger, frustration and helplessness that many amongst us continue to experience.

Please remember that the free and confidential CRANAplus Bush Support Service remains available to you, your family or colleagues to call 24/7 on 1800 805 391.

Christopher Cliffe CEO
On behalf of CRANAplus board and staff.
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Seeking Volunteers For Lorne, Victoria

Our Maternity Emergency Care Course offers remote and rural health practitioners (i.e. Registered Nurses, Aboriginal Health Practitioners, Medical Officers) the opportunity to attain new skills for managing an unexpected birth that may be encountered in the remote or rural setting. This is achieved through a series of lectures, demonstrations and practical skill stations, using models as necessary.

We are seeking four pregnant women volunteers, who are more than 30 weeks pregnant and have a healthy pregnancy up to date to be models for our upcoming course in Lorne on Sunday 26th March from 1pm – 2pm. We will provide you with lunch and nominal remuneration for your time on the day.

The teaching session you will be a model for is for an abdominal palpation, similar to those undertaken during antenatal visits with midwives and doctors. This session will be conducted under the direct supervision of a qualified course facilitator (e.g. Midwife/GP Obstetrician).

Please email michelle@crana.org.au if you would be available and she will contact you with further information.

Many thanks
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CEO's Weekly Update;
Dear CRANAplus Members & Stakeholders,
This week was National Close the Gap Day, an opportunity to gather, share and take meaningful action in support of achieving Indigenous health equality by 2030.
While babies born to Aboriginal mothers still die at more than twice the rate of other Australian babies and mortality rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is on par with the world’s most impoverished nations, we still have a long way to go.
The Close the Gap Progress and Priorities Report for 2017 has just been released and makes for an important read. If you don’t have time to read the whole document, I encourage you to check out the fifteen recommendations on pages 4 and 5.

Last year in Darwin I had the opportunity to attend a Rheumatic Heart Disease education workshop, focussing on prevention control and management of acute rheumatic fever (ARF) and rheumatic heart disease (RHD) in Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It was a great event that provided an opportunity for health professionals, students and people who work in Indigenous communities to discuss this horrid disease, a disease that is rarely seen in mainstream Australia and one that is 100% preventable. The South Australian RHD Control Program and RHD Australia are hosting a similar event in a couple of weeks in Adelaide. Given the burden of this disease and our responsibility to help eradicate it, I encourage those able, to check out the program and consider attending.

Sleep well… as today is World Sleep Day!

Christopher Cliffe
Chief Executive Officer

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Gaining her Rural and Isolated Practitioner Registered Nurse (RIPRN) endorsement is Isabel Pearce’s immediate aim. Her long term goal is to work in emergency and ultimately for the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS). An impressive career plan for a young woman who grew up on a cotton farm on the Darling Downs and who wasn’t sure what she wanted to do, apart from working in a rural environment that involved helping people.

Read more about Isabel's pathway in the latest CRANAplus Magazine - Autumn edition - crammed with stories and informative articles that we hope will be of interest.

Contact us if you have a story you think will be of interest to our readers for possible inclusion in future editions.

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CRANAplus is proud to be involved with Close the Gap Day and acknowledges the critical role Aboriginal medical services and health professionals must play in turning around the significant health gap.

What do we mean when we talk about the 'gap' between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians?

The gap is Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples dying more than a decade younger. It’s the long-term, psychological impacts of generations of disadvantage and racism. And it’s living with much higher rates of preventable disease than the rest of the country.

We do not accept the gap. And you don’t have to either. Around Australia there are many people working hard to Close the Gap. People with solutions, ideas and energy… People like Uncle Reg Thorpe, a heart attack survivor turning around his health through exercise.

Uncle Reg Thorpe - Close the Gap

Aunty Cecily Atkinson - Close the Gap

Banok Rind - Close the Gap

More critical info can be found at goo.gl/Jza8qz
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