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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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.

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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