Gayle Woodford Oration & Award Cocktail Event

Gayle Woodford Scholarship

Gayle was a committed, proactive and professional Remote Area Nurse (RAN). She worked for Nganampa Health Service for 5 years before her sad death in 2016.  Her role as a RAN was the fulfilment of a ‘dream’ to undertake community work with disadvantaged people. Gayle was well educated and well prepared as a Diabetes educator and a Graduate of Centre for Remote Health and Flinders University with a Graduate Certificate in Remote Health Practice

This scholarship is jointly sponsored by CRANAplus and the Centre for Remote Health and is open to registered nurses, Indigenous health practitioners,  allied health practitioners and medical officers.

Applicants must meet the entry requirements of the Graduate Certificate in Remote Health Practice offered through the Centre for Remote Health (FUSA)

Working in remote practice is desirable.

The scholarship covers all course fees for the Graduate Certificate in Remote Health Practice.

One scholarship will be awarded annually, for study to commence the following year


Gayle Woodford Oration

This inaugural Oration to be held at the CRANAplus Conference is to honour the memory of Gayle Woodford.

This Oration will be delivered by


Adjunct Professor Debra Thoms

FACN(DLF) FACHSM(Hon)RN RM Adv Dip Arts BA MNA Grad Cert Bioethics

Debra Thoms is the Commonwealth Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, a role she commenced in August 2015.  She was formerly the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of the Australian College of Nursing, a position she was appointed to in May 2012 following six years as the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer with NSW Health.

During her career Debra has gained broad management and clinical experience including as a clinician in remote and rural Australia, as CEO of a rural area health service, general manager of the Royal Hospital for Women in Sydney as well as Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer within the Health Departments of South Australia and New South Wales.

In 2005 Debra was selected to attend the Johnson and Johnson Wharton Fellows Program and the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Her contribution to nursing and health care has been recognised by an Outstanding Alumni Award from the University of Technology, Sydney and she also holds appointments as an Adjunct Professor with the University of Technology, Sydney.