2018 – Provisional Program

The program overview below is provisional and subject to change as planning proceeds. Please check this page regularly for further updates.


1500 – 1800 Registration Desk OPEN
1600 CRANAplus Annual General Meeting
Mossman Room – Pullman Cairns International
1830 – 2030 Welcome FunctionProudly sponsored by HESTA                                        
Daintree’s Pooldeck, Level 3, Pullman Cairns International

Conference Opening Ceremony

Performance | “Rainforestation Nature Park, Pamagirri Cultural Performers”

Australia’s Indigenous culture is one of the oldest surviving cultures in the world and Rainforestation Nature Park recognises the importance of preserving and sharing this unique culture.

Local indigenous Pamagirri Cultural Performers invite you to join them on a journey to discover the Dreamtime and learn about the fascinating customs and ancient traditions that are kept alive in the rainforest of Kuranda, in Tropical North Queensland.

Your talented performers will treat you to the sights and sounds of their ancient dances to the sound of the didgeridoo and clap sticks.

Opening address – Shelley Nowlan | Chief Nurse & Midwifery Officer QLD.
Sponsor address – Sam Thompson – HESTA, Member Education Manager
Award Presentations

  • Presentation of new CRANAplus Fellows
  • Presentation of CRANAplus Awards
  • Presentation of CRH Awards
  • Presentation of Graduates


0800 Trade Exhibition + Registration Desk OPEN – Tea & Coffee available!
SESSION 1       Mossman Room – Pullman Cairns International
0830 – 0835 Welcome to Country
Henrietta Marrie
0835 – 0840 Welcome Address
CRANAplus CEO – Christopher Cliffe 
0840 – 0910 Invited Speaker
Emeritus Professor Paul Worley
National Rural Health Commissioner
0910 – 0925 A Natural Pathway: Building the Indigenous Nursing Workforce in Remote Australia
Mrs Cathryn Josif
Assistant Dean and Coordinator of the Enrolled Nurse | Bachelor of Nursing Articulation Pathway

Kimberley Rural Health Alliance, Notre Dame, Broome
0925 – 0940 Damned if I do, damned if I don’t. Registered Nurses in very remote Australia, medicines and the law
Mrs Katie Pennington
Masters In Public Health (candidate) | Edith Cowan University
0940 – 0950 Question time
0950 – 1020 MORNING TEA
SESSION 2         Mossman Room – Pullman Cairns International
1020 – 1120 Keynote Speaker
The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG
1120 – 1135 Including male religious leaders into midwifery education to reduce maternal deaths in Uganda. Can it work in your setting?
Mrs Margaret Docking
Director | Wise Choices for Life
1135 – 1145 Question Time
1145 – 1245 LUNCH
SESSION 3          Mossman Room – Pullman Cairns International
1245 – 1345 Keynote Speaker
Rural Nursing in Canada – Characteristics, Barriers and Opportunities
Ms Barbara Shellian
President | Canadian Nurses Association
1345 – 1350 Hotspot Session
Reinvigorating the Role of the Primary Health Care Nurse in Diabetes Care in Country SA
Ms Noelene Cooper
Project Manager | Country SA PHN
1350 – 1355 Hotspot Session
The global lessons of healthy country, healthy people
Dr David Campbell
University Fellow | Charles Darwin University


1355 – 1400 Hotspot Session
The Nursing and Midwifery Exchange Program
Mr Andrew Hughes
Nursing and Midwifery Exchange Program Coordinator | Queensland Government


1400 – 1410 Question Time
1410 – 1440 AFTERNOON TEA
SESSION 4         Mossman Room – Pullman Cairns International
1440 – 1455 Trusting the evidence in evidence-based practice: use of fetal fibronectin testing for threatened preterm labour in remote far North Queensland
Ms Sandra Downing
Senior Lecturer | James Cook University
1455 – 1510 Meeting the needs of Indigenous children in Central Australia
Miss Yemaya Swift
Registered Nurse | Alice Springs Hospital
1510 – 1520 Question time

Day 1 Sessions Conclude

Those staying on for the public consultation can remain in the session room, those not participating can have the evening at their leisure.

1600 – 1800



Hosted by The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA)
This session will include the RIPEN TRANSITION PLAN STAKEHOLDER FORUM – Queensland to be presented by the Queensland Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer and QNMU.
Click here to find out more about this session and to RSVP to the NMBA.

This event is offered to CRANAplus Conference delegates AND non-delegates.
Refreshments will be served so please ensure you RSVP to assist with planning.
Please RSVP via the link in the attached information above OR by clicking here.


0800 Trade Exhibition + Registration Desk OPEN – Tea & Coffee available!
SESSION 5         Mossman Room – Pullman Cairns International
0830 – 0930 Keynote Speaker
Health Care in Conflict
Aslaug Arnoldsdottir
Former ICRC health delegate
0930 – 0945 Making Continuous Quality Improvement Everybody’s Business
Ms Kerry Copley, Ms Louise Patel
CQI Program Coordinator | Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance, Northern Territory
0945 – 1000 Chronic Pain Paradigm on the Peninsula
Ms Noelene Cooper
Project Manager | Country SA PHN
1000 – 1015 Using contemporary educational practice to improve rural and remote practitioners’ responses to mental health presentations
Ms Amanda North
Mental Health Remote Clinical Educator | CRANAplus
Ms Julie Moran
Curriculum Development Officer | CRANAplus


1015 – 1025 Question time
1025 – 1055 MORNING TEA
SESSION 6          Mossman Room – Pullman Cairns International
1055 – 1125 Invited Speaker 
Qantas’ role as the National Carrier in times of conflict or crisis 
Dr Ian Hosegood
Director Medical Services | Qantas Airways
1125 – 1140 Mental Health for Health Professionals – Supporting the Nursing and Allied Health Workforce
Miss Amy Wenham
Secretary | National Rural Health Student Network
1140 – 1155 Nursing in Rural Australia: The workforce experiences in small rural hospitals
Miss Sarah Smith
PhD Candidate | University Of Wollongong
1155 – 1210 Security measures for RANS in a challenging Environment
Mr Robby Chibawe
Chief Executive Officer | Puntukurnu Aboriginal Medical Services
1210 – 1225 Connecting the conceptual and practical dots – preparation of health professionals to work effectively and safely in Indigenous primary health care settings
Ms Robyn Williams
Co-ordinator – Bachelor of Health Science | Charles Darwin University
1225 – 1240 Question time
1240 – 1325 LUNCH
SESSION 7        Mossman Room – Pullman Cairns International
1325 – 1330 Performance | “Rainforestation Nature Park, Pamagirri Cultural Performers”
1330 – 1400 Invited Speaker
Contemporary mental health: international challenges, achievements and the influence on the Australian mental health system
Adj. Associate Professor Kim Ryan

Chief Executive Officer | Australian College of Mental Health Nurses

1400 – 1415 The Flying Doctor 90 years on
Mrs Marita Box
PHC Nurse/Midwife | Royal Flying Doctor Service Cairns Base
1415 – 1430 Translating research into action: ALIMA’s experience in improving women and children’s health care in rural Niger
Ms Sonia Girle
Registered Nurse & Registered Midwife | The Alliance for International Medical Action (ALIMA)


1430 – 1435 Hotspot 
Caring for the carers, are we there yet? Reaffirming resilience, redesigning and revealing the 4P’s remote workforce safety training road trip
Mrs Brenda Birch
Remote Safety and Security Educator | CRANAplus
1435 – 1440 Hotspot 
Point-of-Care Testing bridges the gap for diagnostic test results in isolated settings
Mrs Brooke Spaeth
Research Assistant | Flinders University International Centre For Point-of-care Testing
1440 – 1445 Hotspot 
Anatomy of an epidemic- the multi-disciplinary, multi-agency response to the 2017 Meningococcal W outbreak in remote Central Australia

Mr David Carpenter
Flight Nurse | Royal Flying Doctor Service Central Operations
1445 – 1450 Hotspot 
Indigenous Engagement for Students
Ashley Brown
Indigenous Health Officer | National Rural Health Student Network (NRHSN)
1450 – 1505 Question Time
1505 – 1535 AFTERNOON TEA
SESSION 8       Mossman Room – Pullman Cairns International
1535 – 1605 Invited Speaker
Delivering health care in difficult locations; How does the Australian model translate Internationally?

Mr Michael Jenkins
Senior Nursing Officer | United Nations Medical Services Division 
1605 – 1620 Australian Student Nurse Clinical Experience in a Developing World
Miss Jacklyn Favretti
Clinical Assistant | Schwarz Family Practice
1620 – 1635 Factors associated with responsive feeding among infants 3 months old in Northern Taiwan
Miss Tzu-Ling Chen
PhD Student | Department of Nursing – National Yang Ming University
1635 – 1700 Question Time
1700 Day 2 Concludes
1710 – 1830 Gayle Woodford Oration & Award Function – Adjunct. Prof. Debra Thoms
First Floor Mezzanine – Pullman Cairns International
RSVP is essentialVocal Performance by Fiona Wake



0800 Trade Exhibition + Registration Desk OPEN – Tea & Coffee available!
SESSION 9         Mossman Room – Pullman Cairns International
0830 – 0845 Welcome Address
Mr Paul Stephenson – CRANAplus Chair
0845 – 0945 Keynote Speaker
Shifting narratives and changing the systems for quality STI control in remote Australia
Associate Professor James Ward
Head Infectious Diseases Research Program, Aboriginal Health | South Australian Health & Medical Research Institute


0945 – 1000 Journey to Birthing on Country, Our Way
Miss Cherisse Buzzacott
1000 – 1015 We can work together, talk together: Reforming Primary Health Care in a remote Aboriginal community
Mr Greg Smith


1015 – 1025 Question time
1025 – 1050 MORNING TEA
SESSION 10       Mossman Room – Pullman Cairns International
1050 – 1120 Invited Speaker
Heath Workforce: Future Issues
Professor Ian Wronski AO
Deputy Vice Chancellor of the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine | James Cook University


1120 – 1135 Developing the rural and remote nursing and midwifery workforce for today and tomorrow
Prof. Sabina Knight
Director | Centre For Rural And Remote Health, James Cook University


1135 – 1150 Does Indigenous health education have an impact on student’s attitudes? Second results from a longitudinal study
Prof. Janie Smith
Professor Of Innovations In Medical Education | Bond Unviersity


1150 – 1205 Do rural universities produce rural dentists? An exploratory study examining Australian dental graduates of 2015
Ms Lisa Lim & Mr Kaejenn Tchia
James Cook University
1205 – 1220 The Kowanyama Narrative; the adventure of developing a relevant nursing workforce
Anne-Marie Scully
Kowanyama Primary Health Care Centre | Queensland, Australia
1220 – 1235 Question time
1235 – 1330 LUNCH
SESSION 11        Mossman Room – Pullman Cairns International
1330 – 1400 Invited Speaker
Professor Jill White AM
Professor Emerita – Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery | University of Sydney & University of Technology Sydney


1400 – 1415 Indigenous Primary Health Care Workforce Safety in Remote Australia – Understanding the Unique Challenges
Ms Kristy Hill, Ms Tarneen Callope
Project Manager, Community Night Patrol Workforce Safety Project | CRANAplus
1415 – 1430 Incivility and bullying in rural and remote health workplace culture in Australia – Through the lens of appreciative inquiry
Ms Therese Forbes
Psychologist | CRANAplus
1430 – 1435 Hotspot 
Safety and quality in maternity care – developing a National Strategic Approach to Maternity Services
Karen Cook
Senior Nursing & Midwifery Adviser | Office of the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer
1435 – 1440 Hotspot 
Rheumatic Heart Disease Australia – 2018
Ms Diana Mosca
Nurse Advisor | Rheumatic Heart Disease Australia
1440 – 1445 Hotspot 
Enabling successful transition of dental graduates to regional and remote practice through curriculum design and clinical practice
Dr Felicity Croker
Senior Lecturer, College Medicine & Dentistry | James Cook University
1445 – 1455 Question time
1455 – 1525 AFTERNOON TEA
SESSION 12      Mossman Room – Pullman Cairns International
1525 – 1555 Invited Speaker
The Hon. Warren Entsch MP
Federal Member for Leichhardt
1555 – 1610 Facilitating remote student nurse placements in Central Australia – a wealth of experiences
Ms Emma Bugden | Ms Jessie Anderson
Professional Experience Placement Facilitator | Flinders University
1610 – 1625 Nurse Navigation in the Torres and Cape – “Unique Population = Unique Model of Care”
Mrs Rachel Sargeant | Ms Michelle Maguire | Mrs Natalie Thaiday
Torres and Cape Hospital Nurse Navigator Service
1625 – 1640 The trials & tribulations of a relief nurse – why should you care?
Ms Greta Webb
Aspen Medical


1640 – 1650 Question time
1650 – 1700 Conference Close
1830 – 1845

Coach transfers will collect from the Pullman International main entrance taking dinner guests to The Tanks – departing at 1830.

Please arrive promptly to avoid missing the coach!

1900 – 2300 CRANAplus Conference Dinner
Tank 3, Tank Arts Centre | 46 Collins Avenue, Edge Hill

Pre-dinner Drinks & Canapes – Fig Tree Terrace | Tanks Arts Centre
Performance | “Rainforestation Nature Park, Pamagirri Cultural Performers”

Dinner – The Tanks 3 | Tanks Arts Centre
Sumptuous meal by “Ochre” | Entertainment by “Nightshift”