Registration is now open. Register by 9th July 2018 to take advantage of the early-bird registration rates. Full registrations include 3 days of conference sessions, catering, the Welcome Function and the Annual Awards Dinner.

Sponsors & Exhibitors

You are invited to participate as a sponsor and/or exhibitor at the 36th CRANAplus Conference & International Conference for Rural & Remote Nurses & Midwives.

2018 Speakers

We are excited to have an array of invited speakers join us at the conference this year to share their knowledge and insights with conference delegates.


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On behalf of the Board of Directors and the CRANAplus staff, I warmly welcome you to the 36th CRANAplus Conference in conjunction with the International Rural and Remote Nurses & Midwives Conference, here in the beautiful Far North Queensland city of Cairns. The gateway to the wet tropics, great barrier reef and remote Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander communities of Queensland.

We pay our respects to the First Peoples who are the Bama – the Aboriginal rainforest people who are traditional custodians/owners of the lands that cover our region. We also acknowledge other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who call our region home.

We also welcome all of you. Clinicians, students, educators, policy makers, managers and senior leaders, the diverse group that make up the matrix of remote and isolated healthcare across Australia and the world.

CRANAplus has built resources and driven reform in the Australian remote health sector for over 36 years, and we believe it’s time for us to share our stories and learn from others across the globe.

This year’s theme is ‘Think Global, Act local – Leading primary healthcare in a challenging world’.  Nurses and Midwives are consistently the most abundant and evenly distributed healthcare providers, working collaboratively with others, to get healthcare to challenging parts of the planet.  The challenges and triumphs of providing essential healthcare to people who live, work, travel or play in rural, remote and isolated areas are similar the world over.

Conferences are an opportunity to learn about new and emerging evidence to help improve your knowledge, skills and awareness, while ensuring you remain contemporary within your professional field.

Please ask questions and engage with the many wonderful presenters and exhibitors, all of whom are here to share their knowledge. The CRANAplus staff are here to make sure you have a fun, educational and reinvigorating time, so please seek them out for any questions or assistance.


Christopher Cliffe

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Emeritus Professor Paul Worley

The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG

Barbara Shellian

Áslaug Arnoldsdóttir

Adj Associate Professor Kim Ryan

Ian Hosegood

Michael Jenkins

Assoc. Professor James Ward

Professor Ian Wronski, AO

Professor Jill White AM

The Hon. Warren Entsch MP

Adj Professor Debra Thoms

Venue & Destination

Considered the gateway to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, Cairns is a city in tropical Far North Queensland. Its Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park tells the stories of indigenous Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with music and dance. Cairns Esplanade, lined with bars and restaurants, has a swimming lagoon. Northwest of the city, Daintree National Park spans mountainous rainforest, gorges and beaches.

Pullman Cairns International
17 Abbott St
Cairns City, QLD 4870

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Aerial of Cairns City © Courtesy of Tourism Tropical North Queensland

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
View of Cairns Lagoon at dusk © Courtesy of Tourism Tropical North Queensland