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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.


8 February 2018

Abstracts Open

30 April 2018

Abstracts Close

May 2018

Program Online

9 July 2018

Early Bird Close

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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