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National Rural and Remote Health Program

What it does

The National Rural and Remote Health Program is administered by CRANAplus formerly the Council for Remote Area Nurses.

Under the program, CRANAplus manages 4 projects:

Centre for Remote Health Academic Program

The Centre for Remote Health Academic Program is aimed at the educational preparation of remote area health practitioners and offers a suite of programs through Flinders University at the Centre for Remote Health in Alice Springs. The programs move through a certificate to degree, Masters of remote health and Nurse Practitioner qualifications.

First Line Emergency Care (FLEC)

The multidisciplinary FLEC Program includes the Remote Emergency Care (REC) Course and the Maternity Emergency Care (MEC) Course. The objective of the FLEC Program is to address the need for emergency care training of health workers in remote and isolated areas, including maternity emergencies and trauma situations.

Expanded FLEC

The Expanded FLEC Program aims to address the advanced training needs of remote area health workers through:
  • an Advanced REC Program
  • a MEC for Midwives Program
  • a Basic Emergency Skills Course for Aboriginal Health Workers
  • a Skills Maintenance and Preparedness Program (eRemote).
Bush Services Support

The Bush Services Support aims to help break down some of the barriers to the recruitment and retention of health care professionals in rural and remote areas. This is achieved by providing psychological support, education and training for the rural and remote health workforce and their families to manage the stress associated with rural, remote and very remote practice.

Also, the aim is to work collaboratively with, and improve the responsiveness of, the mainstream health system to address the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

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