CRANAplus’ com­mit­ment to research is reflect­ed in the Organ­i­sa­tion­al Busi­ness Plan where a key Strate­gic Action is to: Enhance organ­i­sa­tion­al capac­i­ty to sup­port research

This can be pur­sued in many ways includ­ing col­lab­o­ra­tive part­ner­ships, active­ly sup­port­ing exter­nal research projects of inter­est and facil­i­tat­ing access to cur­rent research impact­ing on knowl­edge and best practice.

A research sub-com­mit­tee, com­pris­ing of CRANAplus fel­lows, exter­nal rep­re­sen­ta­tives and CRANAplus Pro­fes­sion­al Ser­vices staff, has been formed with the fol­low­ing role, reflect­ed in the Terms of Reference :

  • Con­tribute to the devel­op­ment of a CRANAplus Research policy 
  • Seek oppor­tu­ni­ties to sup­port research in the inter­ests of CRANAplus (BP 3.1)
  • Iden­ti­fy research gaps for the sector 
  • Seek oppor­tu­ni­ties to engage in col­lab­o­ra­tive research projects in the inter­est of CRANAplus 
  • Sup­port the devel­op­ment of evi­dence-based remote health practice 
  • Assess requests for CRANAplus sup­port of research projects/​proposals
  • Inves­ti­gate the fea­si­bil­i­ty of a remote research clearinghouse 
  • Pro­vide advice regard­ing research opportunities

If you have any queries please sub­mit them here.

Remote Health Work­force Project Report: Shark Bay

This project was a pilot study under­tak­en by CRANAplus in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Sil­ver Chain Group based in Shark Bay in the Gas­coyne Region, West­ern Australia.

The over­all aim was to pro­vide a com­pre­hen­sive under­stand­ing of the diver­si­ty and unique char­ac­ter­is­tics of remote health, in recog­ni­tion of the lim­it­ed data, which reflects the pri­ma­ry health care activ­i­ties and occa­sions of ser­vice pro­vid­ed across remote Aus­tralia. Specif­i­cal­ly, we endeav­oured to cap­ture the occa­sions of care deliv­ered by Nurs­es in a remote set­ting con­text. Shark Bay has a Nurse Practitioner/​Remote Area Nurse ser­vice model. 

The project result­ed in a data col­lec­tion tool and process to col­lect occa­sions of ser­vice encom­pass­ing direct and non-direct activ­i­ties. Feed­back report­ed it was easy to use and forms the basis of a con­sis­tent tax­on­o­my to be used across the sector.’ 

This was a small study but oppor­tu­ni­ties do exist to repli­cate, using the tools deliv­ered, in oth­er remote health care set­tings to assist with future ser­vice and work­force planning. 

A spe­cial Thank You’ to Sil­ver Chain, for their col­lab­o­ra­tion with this Project, and would like to acknowl­edge two staff mem­bers Sandy Bell the Nurse Prac­ti­tion­er at Shark Bay, and Les­ley Pear­son, Region­al Man­ag­er for their con­tri­bu­tion to the study.