International Rural & Remote Nursing & Midwifery Conference

in conjunction with

CRANAplus 36th Annual Conference

20th – 22nd September 2018, Pullman Cairns International Hotel

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.

CRANAplus has built resources and driven reform in the Australian remote health sector for over 35 years, and believe its time for us to share our stories and learn from others across the globe.

Therefore the 2018 CRANA conference will coincide with an International Rural & Remote Nurses and Midwives conference in the beautiful Far North Queensland city of Cairns. The gate way to the wet tropics, great barrier reef and remote Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander communities of Queensland.

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.

Asia, Pacific, Africa, Europe, Americas… Join us and share your stories.

2018 Conference Countdown

2018/09/20 16:20:18

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

Conference Venue

Pullman Cairns International
17 Abbott St
Cairns City, QLD 4870

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

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CEO's Weekly Update 12th January 2018

Dear CRANAplus Members and Stakeholders,

There were a few significant anniversaries in regards to Indigenous Affairs in 2017.

- Ten years since the NT Intervention - a package of changes to address allegations of child sexual abuse and neglect,
- Twenty years since the ‘Bringing them Home Report’ – from the National Inquiry into the ‘stolen generation’,
- Twenty Five years since the Mabo decision – when the High Court determined that Australia was not ‘Terra Nullius’ as declared in 1770,
- Fifty years since the referendum - when in 1967, over 90% of Australians voted to include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the census.

How far have we as a country progressed since these significant milestones? I have no doubt that everyone would have differing opinions based on our exposure and awareness. However as we start a new year, perhaps we should listen and reflect on the opinions of someone who has significant knowledge and experience?

Pat Turner, the CEO of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) shares her opinions on the advances and shortcomings in Indigenous affairs last year, in this 20-minute frank and fearless radio interview with Larissa Behrendt from the ABC.


Christopher Cliffe
Chief Executive Officer

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CEO's Weekly Update - 5th January 2018

Dear CRANAplus Members and Stakeholders,

I hope you all had a restful and fun time over the festive season, even if you had to work. Things are getting back to normal at CRANAplus and if you were thinking of doing any of the courses we offer in 2018, you’d best get onto the education page of our website and book soon, as they are filling fast. Remember Membership entitles you to big discounts. (

According to the weather forecasts, the southern States will be joining the north of the country with some extreme summer heat. It’s a timely reminder that extreme heat impacts on everyone and can be deadly. Although people who live in the hot areas of the country develop some resistance, the human body still has its limits. Those that work outside, the elderly, the young and those with chronic diseases are at greater risk. According to the climate council, heat waves, which are becoming more common, claim more lives in Australia than any other natural disasters!

The Better Health Channel in Victoria has a useful webpage with advice for people to survive the heat, and a useful refresher on the signs, symptoms and management of heat cramps, heath exhaustion and heat stroke.

They advise:
· Drink more water
· Never leave anyone in a car
· Stay somewhere cool
· Plan ahead
· Check in on others


Christopher Cliffe
Chief Executive Officer

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