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



1600-1630 CRANAplus Annual General Meeting – Cabernet Merlot Room

WELCOME DRINKS | Exhibition Area

  • Welcome Ceremony
  • Opening Address – Hon Greg Hunt MP, Minister for Health
  • Sponsor Address – HESTA
  • Presentation of new CRANAplus Fellows
  • Presentation of Graduates
  • Presentation of CRH Awards

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0730 Trade Exhibition + Registration Desk OPEN – Tea & Coffee available!
0815-0825 Welcome – Karen Cook
0825-0845 Opening address and Gayle Woodford Oration – Jacqui Cross, Chief Nursing & Midwifery Officer
0845-0945 Keynote Speaker
Gillian Triggs
Human Rights Consultant and Prominent Academic in Public International Law
0945-1000 caring@home resources: Supporting home-based end-of-life care in communities
Liz Reymond
Director | Brisbane South Palliative Care Collaborative
1000-1015 SCARS – Skin Cancer Assessment Remote Service – Nurse led clinics
Sheena Christensen
Remote Area Nurse | Silverchain
1015-1030 Should I stay or should I go?: Midwifery workforce in Rural and Remote Australia
Alicia Carey
Lecturer In Nursing & Midwifery/ Phd Candidate | University of Canberra/Charles Sturt University
1030-1045 Question time
1045-1115 MORNING TEA
1115-1145 Invited Speaker
Banok Rind
Deputy Executive Officer | Koorie Youth Council
1145-1200 Indigenous eye health – diversity and connection will close the gap for vision
Rosamond Gilden
Research Assistant | Indigenous Eye Health, The University of Melbourne
1200-1215 Why do nurses stay in Australia’s small rural hospitals? Why do they leave?
Sarah Smith
Phd Candidate | University of Wollongong
1215-1230 Cultural Safety and the Nursing Profession
Sammy Petric
RAN | University of Notre Dame
1230-1245 Question time
1245-1345 LUNCH
1345-1415 Invited Speaker
Margaret Bell

Medical Unit Manager, Registered nurse and Midwife | Médecins Sans Frontières Australia
1415-1430 Embracing Nursing’s Diversity to build Stronger Pathways for the Rural Generalist Registered Nurse
Deborah Grant
Nursing Director | Queensland Health
1430-1445 The availability of chronic disease management and dialysis services, and the patient characteristics of aeromedical retrieval for renal disease within rural and remote, Australia
Fergus Gardiner
Manager of Research and Policy | Royal Flying Doctor Service
1445-1500 Perceived Preparedness of Recent Dental Graduates in Recognising, Responding and Referring Patients who have Experienced Domestic Violence
Nausheen Mohamed Muhajir
James Cook University
1500-1515 Question time
1545-1615 Invited Speaker
Lori-Anne Sharp
Assistant Federal Secretary | Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation
1615-1630 RIPEN Transitional Planning: Working together to ensure rural and isolated communities have access to, and quality use of, medicines
Michelle Gunn, Denise Breadsell, Michelle Garner

1630-1645 NSW Rural and Remote health workers and the burden of care in the drought: who cares for the carers? A report on the CRANAplus Bush Support Service 2019 Drought Support Roadshow across the state
Annmaree Wilson, Yoni Luxford
CRANAplus Bush Support Service
1645-1650 Hotspot Session
Opportunities for LGBTQI people and allies in Remote Health Services
Ben Crough
Australian Unity and the Community and Employee Wellbeing Practice Lead
1650-1655 Hotspot Session
Introducing First Year Nursing Students to Regional and Rural Interprofessional Health care
Helen Goodwin
Clinical Educator – Nursing/midwifery | Southern Queensland Rural Health
1655-1700 Hotspot Session
Vaccine Story: The journey a vaccine takes to a remote Australian community
Lyn Byers
Secretary | Central Australian Rural Practitioners Association Inc. (CARPA)
1700-1705 Hotspot Session
The lived experience of a child diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in DKA in a remote area of QLD
Emma Turner
Clinical Academic Lecturer In Nursing & Midwifery | University of Southern Queensland
1705-1715 Question time
1715-1730 Day 1 Sessions Conclude – Evening at Leisure




0800 Trade Exhibition + Registration Desk OPEN – Tea & Coffee available!
0840-0845 Address from Hon. Chris Bowen, Shadow Minister for Health
0845-0945 Keynote Speaker
Kurt Fearnley
Paralympian & Disability Rights Advocate
0945-1000 Social Networks: Working Together the Other Way Around
Amanda Akers, Cathy Faulkner
CRANAplus Bush Support Services
1000-1015 Driving Change Through Diversity: How new staff can make a difference
Laura Wright, John Wright
Emergency Nurses | Tennant Creek Hospital
1015-1030 #changethelaw
Katie Pennington
Registered Nurse – Continuous Quality Improvement | Edith Cowan University / Puntukurnu Aborignal Medical Service
1030-1045 Question time
1045-1115 MORNING TEA
1115-1145 Invited Speaker
Samantha Edmonds
Silver Rainbow National Project Manager | LGBTI

1145-1200 United We Stand
Kathy Arthurs
Senior Flight Nurse | Royal Flying Doctor Service, Central Operations
1200-1215 RuralHealthTogether – rural health workforce digital self-care and wellbeing initiative
Angela Kerr
Project Manager | NSW RDN
1215-1230 NT Health – keeping remote nurses safe through policy and practice change
Rhonda Powell, Sue Hawes
NT Health
1230-1245 Question time
1245-1345 LUNCH
1345-1430 Birthing with Country – grounded in truth
Karel Williams
Midwife | Previous Board Member CATSINaM | Representative – National Birthing on Country Strategic Committee
1430-1445 Negotiation of culturally safe practice for individuals, organisations and the health system
Robyn Williams
Lecturer | Charles Darwin University
1445-1500 Connecting and supporting health professionals who work in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
Jane Burns
Research Team Leader | Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet
1500-1515 Rural Health Pro – Connecting the rural health workforce
Laura Hardaker
Workforce Engagement Manager | Rural Doctors Network
1515-1525 Question time
1545-1615 Invited Speaker
Sarah Brown
Chief Executive Officer | WDNWPT
1615-1630 Agricultural Health and Medicine education- engaging rural professionals to make a difference to farmers’ lives
Jessie Adams
Research Assistant | National Centre For Farmer Health
1630-1645 Expanding Indigenous Cardiovascular Education & Healthcare In Rural & Remote Australia
Nick Dutton
Paramedic Cardiovascular Advison | NSW Ambulance
1645-1650 Hotspot Session
A framework and approach to assess; access, quality and sustainability of the primary health nursing and midwifery workforce in rural, remote and regional NSW
Bernadette Gotch
NSW Rural Doctors Network
1650-1655 Hotspot Session
RHDAustralia in 2019
Diana Mosca
1655-1700 Hotspot Session
HEARING VOICES: encouraging, listening and acting on the feedback of vulnerable people to build strong connections
Xaviera Farrell
Clinical Nurse Consultant | Top End Health Care
1700-1705 Hotspot Session
Connecting and empowering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander maternal child and youth health workforce to drive cultural change and improve health outcomes
Heidi Atkins
Principal Policy Officer | QLD Child & Youth Clinical Network
1705-1715 Question time
1715-1730 Conference Close
1900 – 2300

CRANAplus “Hunter Harvest” Conference Dinner

Activity Lawn, Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley

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