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

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CEO's Weekly Update
Dear CRANAplus Members & Stakeholders,

Recently some CRANAplus members were interviewed for the February edition of the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Journal, speaking about their experiences, careers and opinions about remote health. The full article is available for you to have a read. goo.gl/DF9VK0 “Reprinted with the permission of the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation”.

Each year CRANAplus develops a list of key issues that face our industry. The purpose of such a document helps ensure that our advocacy work is clear, considered and appropriately targeted. As always the input from our membership is essential as the real, lived experiences of the remote workforce are key to its success.
I’d encourage you to forward any ideas or priorities that have been burning within you, to crana@crana.org.au to make sure they are reflected in the 2017 version. crana.org.au/about/key-issues

The Hon Dr David Gillespie MP, Assistant Minister for Health recently announced a $93M investment to redesign the national network of health workforce agencies to better deliver health outcomes for regional, rural and remote Australia. goo.gl/zA1cyN
The redesign is only one aspect of the reforms that also includes the creation of the National Rural Health Commissioner, changes to medical training and distribution, and further development of the rural genralist pathway for GPs.

CRANAplus understands this investment will have a positive impact, predominantly through our medical colleagues, across rural health in Australia. However it would be remiss of me to not express, that outside of the medical workforce, there remains a void of investment, engagement and reform. In remote health the lack of a multi-disciplinary, empowered, educated health workforce ,working collaboratively, can result in catastrophic outcomes for a community. Let's hope that the choice of inaugural commissioner of rural health reflects that!

During the CRANAplus conference in Hobart, the LGBTI Network of Interest hosted an informal get together for anyone interested in the work of this group. More than 20 people attended to chat about some of the specific challenges faced by the LGBTI community in remote areas, along with how we can best support those members of our workforce who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Intersex or Trans. Informally a few members of CRANAplus, including some members of our Board will attend the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras parade on Saturday 4th March. If you happen to be nearby or attending the parade, then you’re welcome to catch up with this mob at ‘Eve’s Bar’ Mercure Hotel Sydney at 5pm for a drink. This is an inclusive event; everyone is invited to attend.

Christopher Cliffe
Chief Executive Officer
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The February edition of the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Journal features an article talking to RAN’s about their career choice to work in remote health The full article is reprinted here with the permission of the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation. goo.gl/JwS540

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Are you coming to sunny Broome for our 35th consecutive Annual Conference in October?
Abstracts are open Now and close 15th May!
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CEO's Weekly Update -
Dear CRANAplus Members & Stakeholders,

Are you working in a workplace where conflict occurs and nothing seems to resolve it?

During 2016, 54% of all recorded calls to the CRANAplus Bush Support Services line were related to conflict in the workplace. Callers experienced unnecessary stress as a result of either direct conflict or observing it occur to others, with some resigning from their posts. If you are experiencing conflict or bullying in the workplace and would like to discuss this confidentially, Bush Support Services can offer counselling and support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 1800 805 391.

Bullying is a worldwide phenomena. The United Nations International Labour Organisation reports that workplace conflict is reaching epidemic proportions with up to 1 in 2 workers experiencing bullying. This has personal, organisational and economic consequences to service delivery.

CRANAplus is taking positive steps and will host an exciting and innovative Symposium on the 25th & 26th May 2017 in Darwin.
The ‘Collaborative Engaged Connected Workplaces’ Symposium will focus on highlighting the psychological importance of healthy workplaces. It will explore the specific context of remote health and draw on the expertise of participants. It will address ways that individuals in leadership roles in remote health can utilise evidence based measures to further prevent and manage conflict in order to maintain and create safe, productive and sustainable workplaces.
It is anticipated participants will gain strategies, skills and concepts that will assist them to sustain structures for thinking and collaborating in remote health that result in less toxic workplaces.


We are calling for expressions of interest from individuals working in middle to senior management and human resource professionals in the remote health workforce who are experiencing or witnessing bullying, conflict and harassment in the workplace on a day-to-day basis.

If you feel you would like to participate in this exciting two-day event, please contact:

Colleen Niedermeyer,
Director of CRANAplus Bush Support Services
email: colleen@crana.org.au
mobile: 0448 011 956
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Are you an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Professional and required to effectively and efficiently use the PCCM or CARPA Manual?

Are you looking to improve your competency and communication during handover?

The 4C’s Program - Communication, Consultation and Competency in Clinical Skills - is designed to increase the confidence and capacity of the Health Professional to use the Primary Clinical Care Manual (PCCM) or CARPA Standard Treatment Manual (CARPA), to accurately document health care episodes and consult with doctors and nurses about client care to deliver safe, quality care in the remote setting.

It has a focus on using the PCCM/CARPA in everyday presentations at remote health services with an emphasis on using the guidelines for chronic disease health checks and consultation with a medical officer.

We have limited spots available for Katherine (NT) 4-6 April.

Register now at crana.org.au/education/courses
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