Upcoming Events & Projects

The Future of Remote Health and the Influence of Technology

5th Annual CRANAplus Conference
Cable Beach Club Resort and Spa
Broome, Western Australia
October 18-20, 2017

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Since the organisation’s inception in 1982 this event has served to create an opportunity for likeminded remote and isolated health individuals who can network, connect and share. It serves as both a professional and social resource for the Remote and Isolated Health Workforce of Australia. We aim to offer an environment that will foster new ideas, promote collegiate relationships, provide opportunities for professional development and celebrate remote health¬†practice.

The Society of Rural Physicians of Canada
Enhanced Surgical Skills Program

January 17-18, 2018
Banff Park Lodge, Banff, Alberta

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This one day course is designed for GPS/ESS Surgeons in conjunction with Emergency Medicine for Rural Hospitals course and the Endoscopy Skills Day for Practicing Endoscopists course. The program will update rural ESS surgeons with current methods, facilitate informal communication and encourage FP-Specialist networks within ESS services.

CRANAplus 36th Annual Conference 2018
Cairns, Queensland, Australia
September 20-22, 2018

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The challenges and triumphs of providing essential healthcare to people who live, work, travel or play in rural, remote and isolated areas are similar the world over.

CRANAplus has built resources and driven reform in the Australian remote health sector for over 35 years, and believe its time for us to share our stories and learn from others across the globe.


Dr. Phil & Vi Sunohara Nursing Bursary

The Grande Prairie Regional Hospital Foundation Board award these bursaries to nurses engaged in, or wanting to engage in the field of orthopedic nursing that will benefit the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital, other health care institutions and/or health care programs in north western Alberta.  Priority will be given to nurses identified in orthopaedic surgical nursing fields that will benefit the hospitals and health care providers within the region. The Board reserves the right to award as many or as few bursaries, based on the criteria and number of submissions.

For more information, visit: http://supportyourhospital.ca/dr-phil-vi-sunohara-nursing-bursary

Support Indigenous Nursing

As has been widely reported in the media, Canada’s Indigenous communities are facing a significant health crisis. High infant mortality, rampant suicide rates, shorter life expectancies are just a few of the significant health issues faced by Indigenous people.  Often, registered nurses are the first point of contact and are the only ones available to provide immediate health care.  Today, there are not enough Indigenous nurses to work in these communities. Sadly the number of registered nurses who identify as Indigenous is very low, less than 10 per cent.  

We know something must be done. In 2009 CNF partnered with TD Bank to provide nursing scholarships for Indigenous registered nurses and nursing students. To date, we are so proud to have been able to award over 100 merit-based scholarships.  Yet, we can do so much more, and we will.

We are excited to share that CNF is about to launch a new campaign to raise one million dollars in one year for Indigenous nursing education and research. Our official campaign launch is taking place Thursday, May 5th at Ottawa’s Wabano Centre for Health, followed that evening by CNF’s annual Nightingale Gala.  In the coming weeks we will invite you to visit CNF’s website and social media platforms to learn more about the campaign.  Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.

We look forward to the year ahead and hope you will support the journey to stronger communities and greater knowledge! ... read more

International Council of Nurses Rural and Remote Nursing Network A Global Connection

Operation Blue Sky: Aboriginal Health Initiative
An exciting project MNP has taken on in partnership with HeroX

MNP has developed and launched a challenge designed to improve the health and wellness outcomes within remote Aboriginal communities. While Canada’s health care system is a point of national pride, various statistics show that serious health conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and tuberculosis are anywhere from 1.5 to 10 times higher amongst Aboriginal Canadians.

Challenge participants will develop an actionable strategy to address Aboriginal health concerns, one that takes into consideration the history and experience of these communities. To ensure Aboriginal communities are accurately represented, it is essential that strategies be developed from within the communities or through meaningful conversations with the communities. The most innovative idea will receive a $25,000 cash prize, while a second place winner will receive $5,000. In addition, a People’s Choice winner will receive $5,000.  

Feel free to read the attached PDF document and watch the video that explains what they are up to.

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