Developing a theory of remote area nursing practice

Ms Kylie McCullough1, Professor Anne Williams2, A/Professor  Vicki Cope2, Professor Lisa Whitehead1

1Edith Cowan University, Joondalup, Australia, 2Murdoch University, Murdoch, Australia


The purpose of this poster presentation is to elicit feedback from RANs regarding the preliminary findings of this PhD research.

The aim of the study is to explore and describe, from the perspective of nurses in remote areas: the actions and interactions used to deliver PHC, the contexts and conditions where PHC is applied and to uncover the factors which enhance or inhibit PHC nursing practice. The outcome of this study is to develop a theory which explains the nature and process used by RANs to deliver PHC.

An important factor in the credibility of this research is providing opportunities for nurses to consider the findings in relation to their own practice and to facilitate feedback and collect data relevant to the substantive theory. Ethics permission has been granted to collect data in the form of written and verbal comments. The author intends to display the theory as a poster and encourage feedback in the conference break times. Unfortunately, the poster will not be able to be uploaded electronically due to copyright issues. Publications which arise from this research, including the final theoretical framework, will be made available to CRANAplus.




Kylie McCullough is a lecturer in Primary Health Care at Edith Cowan University in the School of Nursing and Midwifery. Kylie is nearing completion of her PhD research which aims to better understand the way RANs practice Primary Health Care nursing. She has previously worked as a RAN in the NT.