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.

Click on the image to find out more information about the 2018 Conference.

Award Nominations Close

31 July 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.

Major Partner

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

Video courtesy of Tourism Western Australia © Tourism WA

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Maternity Emergency Care Course
Sunday 9th July 1pm – 2pm
Brisbane City Centre

We are seeking four pregnant volunteers who are more than 30 weeks pregnant and have a healthy pregnancy to be antenatal models for our upcoming course in Brisbane. We will provide lunch and nominal remuneration for their time on the day.

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.

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 midwife facilitator.

Please email glenda@crana.org.au or phone/text us asap on 0427 979 663 if you would be available and we will contact you with further information.

Many thanks
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The Autumn edition of the CRANAplus Magazine has been released. Chock-full with information and stories from your fellow remote health professionals.

We first caught up with Adelaide locals Lexi, Aidan and Kyra back in the March 2013 Magazine. Lexi updates us on the amazing work they're doing on the international stage;

"I have found there is a common link throughout most health care professionals, especially those who feel drawn to working in the rural and remote context. There is a passion for working with and supporting marginalised communities whilst advocating for change. I always envisaged my nursing career to be both in the remote Australian context and internationally within the community development context. That is why I became involved with Barefoot Initiative.


photos: Anna Fawcus
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CEO's Weekly Update 23 June 2017

Dear CRANAplus Members and Stakeholders,
The Australian Nursing & Midwifery Accreditation Council have just released the new Accreditation Standards for Enrolled Nurses. goo.gl/MqrPH9
Ensuring the standards for entry to practice and re-entry to practice for health professionals helps reassure the community that practitioners have the necessary foundation knowledge, professional motivations and essential skills to practise safely.

I’m very pleased to welcome the Central Australian Rural Practitioners Association (CARPA) as members of CRANAplus in our “Mates" category. CARPA is a voluntary organisation of passionate individuals who since 1984 have been working to support practice in remote and rural communities across Central Australia. They are probably best known for the CARPA Standard Treatment Manual, the clinical guidelines endorsed for use in some remote parts of our country.

Another quick conference update:
I’m very pleased that Karen Bradley, the Chief Nursing & Midwifery Officer for Western Australia has accepted our invitation to speak at the 2017 CRANAplus conference in Broome. The support provided by the Nursing & Midwifery office of WA (ww2.health.wa.gov.au/), as a major partner, helps ensure that the CRANAplus conference can be delivered in the remote beauty of the Kimberley on the land of the Yawuru people. www.cranaconference.com/

Finally this week, CRANAplus is seeking a health professional with experience in remote health and education to join our education team as a half time Curriculum Development Officer. If you’d like a copy of the position description then chat with liz@crana.org.au before Monday, 10th July.

Christopher Cliffe
Chief Executive Officer
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