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.

Conference APP

We’re excited to launch the CRANAplus 2017 app. Download the app to access the most up-to-date information about the conference, including the program and abstracts.

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


Our sponsors and exhibitors are recognised as keen and vital supporters of the field. Visit the Sponsor & Exhibitor Profiles page to view this year’s supporters.

Major Partner

Opening & Welcome Drinks Host

Associate Partner


Satchel Insert Sponsor

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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CEO's Weekly Update - 29th September 2017

Dear CRANAplus Members and Stakeholders,

The Spring edition of the CRANAplus Magazine has been released and just in case you can’t wait to get your hard copy, the electronic version is available to view on our website. (crana.org.au/media/magazine)

Due to higher than expected demand, registrations for the 2017 CRANAplus Conference in Broome will close at midnight tonight. There remains a couple of sponsorship opportunities or if you’d like to talk anything conference, drop Kate an email. (kate@conferencedesign.com.au)

The National Disability Insurance Scheme or NDIS (www.ndis.gov.au/) as it’s commonly called, is a significant initiative that is changing the way people with disabilities control, access and commission the services that they require. How this intersects with health, which surely it must, has never been very clear to me.

Jodie Bailie has written an interesting piece in the MJA InSite on ‘Coordinating the NDIS and the health care system’ which I encourage you to read. (goo.gl/VDFsFh) Jodie comes with a unique perspective as a research fellow (evaluation) based at the University of Sydney’s Centre for Rural Health, North Coast, but also as the mother of three children, one of whom participates in the NDIS.

If you want to understand more about the NDIS then check out their Rural and Remote Strategy (www.ndis.gov.au/Rural-and-Remote-Strategy) and their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement Strategy. (www.ndis.gov.au/Aboriginal-and-Torres-Strait-Islander-Strategy)

Are you a Member of CRANAplus? If yes, then the 4th of October is an important date to remember as that is when we give you early access to book onto any of our courses scheduled for 2018. The course calendar will then be released to the general public two weeks later on the 18th October. (crana.org.au/education)

Another great reason to become a CRANAplus member (crana.org.au/membership) is that we have significantly increased the member discounts now available on ALL CRANAplus courses, with the discount being $100 on most multi day courses.

Cheers (and don’t forget it's daylight savings on Sunday for our southern States!)
Christopher Cliffe
Chief Executive Officer
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CEO's Weekly Update - 15th September 2017

Dear CRANAplus Members and Stakeholders,
Every year CRANAplus surveys the remote health scene and develops a list of priority areas to help focus our advocacy and to provide clarity for those in power about what needs to be done to improve the health status of remote Australians. With specific focus on the Remote and Isolated Health Workforce and the regulatory frameworks that govern us, the CRANAplus Board of Directors have recently endorsed the most recent list of Key Issues, which I encourage you to peruse. (crana.org.au/about/key-issues)

Yesterday was R U OK Day, (www.ruok.org.au/) however it’s never too late to initiate meaningful conversations with your family, friends, colleagues and patients. Just:
· Ask, are you ok?
· Listen without judgement
· Encourage action
· And check back in with them later

I’m very pleased to see that NENA (the National Enrolled Nurse Association nena.org.au/) is providing leadership and support to this essential part of the health workforce in rural Australia. As a health system, I believe we need the Enrolled Nurses skills, knowledge and compassion as part of the healthcare team, to better address the ever-increasing complexity and needs of our community. The Biennial National Enrolled Nurse Conference will be held at the Wrest Point in Hobart on Wednesday 11 October 2017. (nena.org.au/2017NENAConference.html)

And to end this week on a high note, Amy Hill (nee Blom) one of our staff in the Alice Springs office has celebrated her 13th anniversary of working with CRANAplus. Many of you I’m sure have met Amy over the years and although she is still one of our youngest members of staff, she remains one of our most committed. Congratulations and big thanks from all of us Amy.

Christopher Cliffe
Chief Executive Officer
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CEO's Weekly Update - 8th September 2017

Dear CRANAplus Members and Stakeholders,

I’m pleased to release the most recently endorsed CRANAplus Position Paper on Cultural Respect and Cultural Safety. (goo.gl/qoYNxk) As health professionals, we must have a clear and consistent understanding of cultural respect, and provide culturally safe health care specific to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ needs.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are about 27% of the remote and isolated population, yet only represent 2% of people living in the cities. (goo.gl/GvX9ZV) The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Implementation Plan acknowledged racism as a significant social determinant for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

Importantly, this position paper is endorsed by our colleagues at the Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives. (goo.gl/DDLrFe) The paper spells out what CRANAplus resolves to do in regards to cultural respect and safety, including:
- Build and maintain strong engagement and work in partnership with CATSINaM, NATSIHWA, NACCHO and other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations.
- Action the CATSINaM Position Statement: Embedding Cultural Safety across Australian Nursing and Midwifery professions through:
- Promoting the Remote Area Nurse Certification against the Professional Standards of Remote Practice which are inclusive of cultural safety. �
- Ensuring all CRANAplus education curricula supports cultural safety and are responsive to the health needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
- Providing accessible, affordable, high quality cultural safety training for remote health professionals.
- Implementing the CRANAplus Reconciliation Action Plan, demonstrating our commitment to address the inequalities experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and to assist self-determination, remove health disadvantage and eliminate racism.

Today I have the pleasure to meet with the Rural Directors of Nursing in South Australia at their regular gathering. We believe it’s important that CRANAplus support and engage such groups so that the products and services we have to offer their workforce, such as the free 24/7 Bush Support Line, is well understood.

Christopher Cliffe
Chief Executive Officer
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