About the conference
We are inviting health professionals to Connect Across an Isolated Landscape at the 2021 CRANAplus Virtual Symposium on September 17 2021.
This one-day celebration of ideas continues our 37-year-strong annual conference tradition in an online environment, as we bridge the distances that separate our geographically dispersed workforce.
Presentations from our keynote and VIP line-up will empower attendees to improve health outcomes, start important conversations, and apply new lessons within the communities they serve.
- Helen Zahos, Humanitarian and Disaster Nurse
- Adjunct Prof. Shelley Nowlan, Deputy Rural Health Commissioner
- Prof. Yvonne Cadet-James, Academic at James Cook University
- Prof. Roianne West, CEO of CATSINaM
Speakers will discuss topics including ear health, wound care, immunisation, maternity and more — all from a remote and isolated perspective. Plus, we are announcing the winners of the 2021 CRANAplus Awards.
Online attendance is FREE for members and only $50 for non-members. Attendees will go in the running to win a number of cash prizes.
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This high-exposure event will feature numerous drawcard speakers from clinical, research and government settings, celebrate individual excellence and unite the workforce. There are multiple sponsorship packages available for organisations and businesses who wish to support the work we do and talk directly with our engaged, highly targeted audience.
Discover 2021 CRANAplus Symposium sponsorship packages and call us on (07) 4047 6400 or email the sponsorship team today to lock in your opportunity.
This year’s speakers
Helen Zahos BN; MN (Emerg); GradDipScience (Paramedic); FRSA; MACN
Helen Zahos is a Humanitarian, Emergency Nurse and Paramedic who has volunteered in disaster areas around the world and has cared for some of the world’s most vulnerable people. Helen has volunteered in Iraq in IDP Camps, in Nepal after the earthquake and Philippines after the Typhoon, as well as assisting during the Syrian refugee crisis on the border of Greece.
Helen grew up on Groote Eylandt, a remote Island in the Gulf of Carpentaria in the Northern Territory of Australia. She completed her Nursing and Paramedic studies in Darwin, where she was working in the Emergency Department and was involved with the Royal Darwin Hospital Response to the Bali Bombings. Since then she has worked in Emergency Departments in Tertiary hospitals; in Remote Indigenous Communities; attended Disaster Responses both locally and internationally, and worked with Asylum seekers and Refugees.
Helen is recognised internationally for her volunteer humanitarian work and has been nominated for multiple awards including: Australian of the Year QLD 2016 and 2017; International Greek Women’s Awards 2017; and Finalist for Volunteer of the Year QLD 2019. Helen was awarded the Hellenic Australian Chamber Commerce and Industry award for Excellence in Community Service in 2016; The Gold Stevie award for Medical Frontline Hero 2020; and Gold Stevie award for Mentor and Coach 2020.
In March 2019 in New York, Helen attended the United Nations 63rd Commission on the status of women. There she spoke on a panel, at the CSW NGO Forum, on the ‘Economic Empowerment of Women Entrepreneurs through the Sustainable Development Goals’. In May 2019, Helen attended the United Nations Disaster Risk Reduction Global Platform, held in Geneva, and was invited to the UNSDG Health Summit to speak on non-communicable diseases, which was a side event at the World Health Assembly. As 2020 marked the International Year of the Nurse, Helen had been appointed the Ambassador for World Youth International’s ‘Nurses in Action’ Program and spent five weeks volunteering in Kenya.
Helen is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA); a Member of the Australian College of Nursing (MACN); the Health and Disaster Management Advisor and Founding Member to the Commonwealth Business Women’s Network (CBWN); the National Focal Point for Global Networks for Civil Societies on Disaster Risk and the Regional Advisory Group for Disaster Risk Reduction for the Pacific Region; President of the Australasian Hellenic Education Progressive Association (AHEPA) Gold Coast Chapter; a trustee and advisor for Kitrinos Healthcare, a Non-Government Organisation (UK); a trustee and advisor for cox systems lite chair disability services; and Vice President and Charter Member for Business and Professional Women, Brisbane Southside.
Prof. Roianne West, CEO of CATSINaM
Born and raised Kalkadoon on her grandmother’s ancestral lands in North West Queensland with connections to the Djunke/Djaku-nde peoples in South West Queensland, Professor West continues a family legacy of four generations of Aboriginal nurses and a long line of healers that include her mother, a twin sister and a brother who are Registered Nurses and twin daughters who are studying Nursing and Midwifery.
Professor West has completed a Bachelor of Nursing, a Masters of Mental Health Nursing, and a PhD which developed a model of excellence for increasing Indigenous nurses in Australia in 2012.
She was Australia’s first Nursing Director in a tertiary hospital with a dedicated portfolio of Indigenous Health and Australia’s first Professor of Indigenous Health in a joint appointment between a state health service and a university school of nursing and midwifery, Foundation Chair in First Peoples Health, Director of the First Peoples Health Unit and the inaugural Dean of First Peoples Health at Griffith University.
Professor West is an active researcher who leads the Yuwan Gulgan study of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Cultural Safety Education and Training at Griffith University, which aims to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Cultural Safety education and training through an Indigenous Research lens.
Professor West was recently acknowledged for her outstanding research leadership as the 2020 Lowitja Institute Cranlana Award recipient and she is the only Aboriginal Nurse in the country who is a recipient of both the CATSINaM Sally Goold Award and Fellowship.
Adjunct Professor Shelley Nowlan, RN BN MHM G.DipPM GCert.PA FACN, GAICD, Deputy National Rural Health Commissioner – Nursing and Midwifery
Adjunct Professor Shelley Nowlan is Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, Clinical Excellence Queensland, Queensland Health; and
- Adjunct Professor – School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Queensland
- Adjunct Professor – School of Nursing, Faculty of Health, Queensland University of Technology
- Adjunct Professor – School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Southern Queensland
- Adjunct Professor – School of Medicine, Griffith University
Adj. Prof. Nowlan has a Master Health Management (University of New England), Bachelor’s Degree, Nursing (UNE), Graduate Certificate in Policy Analysis (Griffith University), Diploma Project Management (TAFE Queensland) and is an Institute of Company Directors Graduate.
In her professional role, advocacy and contribution to nursing and midwifery at a state level, nationally and internationally, Adj. Prof. Nowlan is also Chair of the Queensland Nursing and Midwifery Executive Council and a Director on the Emergency Medicine Foundation and the Queensland Health Leadership Advisory Board. She is a Member of the Council of Australian and New Zealand Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officers, the International WONCA World General Practice Rural Practice Committee, a Fellow of Australian College of Nursing and an Alumni of the International Council of Nursing Leadership Institute.
Adj. Prof. Nowlan has received numerous accolades for her leadership and contribution to population nursing, education, equity and the community. In 2007 she was recognised for her work on Cyclone Larry Relief, receiving the QLD Premier Award. In 2008 she was awarded the Australia Day Award for Queensland Health Development and Leadership from Caloundra Health. In 2012 she was the recipient of the Chief Executive Officer Encouragement Award, Central Queensland Staff Awards. In 2015 her leadership was recognised through an Australia Day Award for Nursing Executive Team Children’s Health Queensland HHS and in 2015 she was the recipient of The Association of Queensland Nurse Leaders’ Outstanding Achievement in Nursing. Shelley is also an ICN Global Nursing Leadership Institute Alumni and virtually attended the WHO assembly as an Alumni delegate in 2021.
A registered nurse with more than 34 years’ experience, Adj. Prof. Nowlan holds a longstanding interest in the health outcomes of rural and remote Australians. Adj. Prof. Nowlan had worked for decades to ensure nurses and midwives were supported to meet the needs of people living in rural and regional Australia. As Deputy Rural Health Commissioner, Adj. Prof. Nowlan will play a key role in the Federal Government’s agenda to increase access to rural health services and address rural workforce shortages.
Prof. Yvonne Cadet-James, Academic at James Cook University
Professor Cadet-James has extensive experience in the field of health and education as a registered nurse and midwife followed by an academic teaching and research career. She has experience as a principal and chief investigator on NHMRC, ARC, Lowitja Institute and other funded grants. As a qualitative researcher her interests lie in community based models to address tobacco; maternal, adolescence and child health; and social, emotional and mental health wellbeing and empowerment. She is a co-leader on the Family Wellbeing Empowerment Research Program now utilised in some 57 organisations/communities across the nation, which assists people to gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to make positive changes in their lives.
Professor Cadet-James has been involved in national Indigenous research reform through representation on NHMRC committees including the Principal Committee Indigenous Caucus, revision of the NHMRC national ethical guidelines for research which involves Indigenous people and the Australian Health Ethics Committee. She plays a major advisory and mentorship role in strengthening the capacity of researchers, organisations and communities, providing master classes and workshops specifically designed for Indigenous groups to set and take control of their own research agendas. As a member of the Gugu Badhun nation Professor Cadet-James provides leadership for the Gugu Badhun Djima Research Centre activities.
More about the CRANAplus Annual Conference
For over 30 years, we have run the annual conference to bond and unite the inherently dispersed remote and isolated health workforce. The conference serves as an opportunity for like-minded remote and isolated health individuals to network, connect and share.
Held at a different location each year or undertaken online as necessary, the event brings together health practitioners, managers, government representatives, policy makers, academics and students into an energetic social forum.
Built around a series of high quality presentations from industry speakers, it provides the ideal platform for announcing recipients of scholarships and recognising the outstanding contributions of health professionals. We bestow awards across multiple categories and allocate the prestigious Aurora Award as part of our commitment to celebrating achievement and identifying a golden standard.