CRANAplus is an organ­i­sa­tion whose mem­ber­ship is made up of a range of health pro­fes­sion­als who work in remote prac­tice, sup­port those work­ing in remote prac­tice as edu­ca­tors, aca­d­e­mics, man­agers & pol­i­cy devel­op­ment or have an inter­est in remote prac­tice either as a future place of work or as a pro­fes­sion­al inter­est. Remote health pro­fes­sion­als work in a vari­ety of set­tings that include Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Islander com­mu­ni­ties, out­back towns, on and off-shore oil rigs, rail­way and min­ing com­mu­ni­ties, pas­toral prop­er­ties, islands, tourist resorts — and are an inte­gral part of the deliv­ery of health care to remote Aus­tralia.

Remote Area Nurs­es (RANs) and Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Islander Health Work­ers make up around 85% of the health work force in remote areas, with the remain­ing made up of oth­er health dis­ci­plines includ­ing Doc­tors and Allied Health Pro­fes­sion­als. Remote Area Mid­wives are an equal­ly crit­i­cal com­po­nent of the remote work­force, either work­ing in a com­bined role of Reg­is­tered Nurse & Mid­wife or in spe­cif­ic mid­wifery roles. Nurse Prac­ti­tion­ers are an emerg­ing group in remote prac­tice. It is dif­fi­cult to pin­point the per­cent­age of Nurse Prac­ti­tion­ers or those work­ing in sole mid­wifery roles. Around 80% of Remote Health Pro­fes­sion­als work in remote Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Islander com­mu­ni­ties.

Remote areas present par­tic­u­lar chal­lenges to the deliv­ery of qual­i­ty ser­vices — dis­persed pop­u­la­tion, poor health sta­tus, diverse cul­tures, geo­graph­ic iso­la­tion, prob­lem­at­ic trans­port, poor infra­struc­ture, small eco­nom­ic base, lim­it­ed polit­i­cal clout, harsh extremes of cli­mate and a high turnover of health pro­fes­sion­als in all dis­ci­plines. Remote Health Pro­fes­sion­als are typ­i­cal­ly hard work­ing, flex­i­ble, adapt­able, resource­ful and pas­sion­ate about their work. 

CRANAplus, as lead­ers in remote health, pro­vide many lev­els of sup­port and spe­cialised resources to help Remote Health Pro­fes­sion­als over­come the chal­lenges and reap the con­sid­er­able rewards, of this unique and spe­cialised field of health­care.

When we refer to Remote Health Pro­fes­sion­als it is impor­tant to realise that the term may not always refer to geo­graph­i­cal loca­tion but is also inclu­sive of Health Pro­fes­sion­als who may work in iso­la­tion – how you prac­tise not just where you practise.