Welcome Function

Date: Wednesday 19 September 2018
Time: 1830 – 2030
Location: Daintree’s Pool deck, Level 3, Pullman Cairns International
Dress: Smart casual dress

Tickets: Inclusive for full delegates, additional tickets can be purchased for $70 during the online registration process.

Proudly sponsored by HESTA

Annual CRANAplus Awards Dinner

Date: Saturday 22 September 2018
Time: 1900 – late
Location: Tank 3, Tanks Art Centre, Cairns
Dress: Smart casual dress

Tickets: Inclusive for full delegates, additional tickets can be purchased for $160 during the online registration process.

Gayle Woodford Memorial Function

Featuring the Gayle Woodford Scholarship Presentation, Oration by Adjunct Professor Debra Thoms & Vocal Performance by Fiona Wake

Date: Friday 21 September 2018
Time: 1710 (following the last session on Friday)
Venue: Mezzanine – Pullman Cairns International
Cost: Included for Conference Delegates (one guest per delegate is also complimentary) – RSVP is essential

Gayle Woodford Oration

This inaugural Oration is to honour the memory of Gayle Woodford and will be delivered by:

Adjunct Professor Debra Thoms
FACN(DLF) FACHSM(Hon)RN RM Adv Dip Arts BA MNS 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.

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.

Please note: it is essential to RSVP to this event during registration on via email, for catering and planning purposes.

Fiona Wake – vocalist

Fiona Wake, soprano, music theatre graduate of VCA Melbourne, is a regular soloist around Darwin singing at both private and public events.  Fiona’s vocal style ranges from modern and jazz to classical and opera. Highlights include performing Grisabella in CATS with Nova Theatre Company, Melbourne, duets with international music star Michael Cormick including You’ll Never Walk Alone – Carousel, and Tonight – West Side Story, and the Delibes’ Flower Duet from the opera Lakme with Opera Australia star Antoinette Halloran. She has also performed with Andrew Jones and Jacqueline Dark in the Darwin Symphony Orchestra (DSO) Opera Gala. Fiona performed the NT Anthem with the DSO on Channel 7’s Sunrise program in 2013. In 2015 she performed the role of Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar to a capacity audience at the Darwin Entertainment Centre (DEC) Playhouse and was a soloist in Darwin Chorale’s acclaimed performances of Karl Jenkins The Armed Man 2015 and 2016 and Stabat Mater in 2016. In 2017, Fiona performed as a soloist to a national audience on ABC television with the Australian Army Band Darwin at the Bombing of Darwin centenary, was a soloist in the Australian premiere of Pacific Requiem, and performed the lead role of Florence Vassy in the musical CHESS at DEC Playhouse.

As well as her solo work, Fiona has turned her hand to artistic direction with great success, directing the well received cabaret A Jazzy Broadway Christmas at DEC in 2016 and CHESS the musical (in which she also performed the lead role of Florence) at DEC Playhouse.

This year, following singing at the Darwin Festival with the Arafura Wind Ensemble concert band, Fiona has been engaged as a soloist for Handel’s Messiah, Darwin City Council’s Carols by Candlelight and the DSO’s Master Series IV concert All I want for Christmas.

Fiona, a registered nurse, works as Safety and Quality Manager for Primary Health Care, Top End Health Service and is a Board director of CRANAplus.