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Media Release Grant Tambling Parliamentary Secretary for The Minister for Health and Aged Care

Sunday 3 September 2000

CRANA COMES OF AGE

The Council of Remote Area Nurses Australia Conference (CRANA) celebrated 18 years of nursing service to remote communities with Commonwealth funding of more than $570,000 Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Aged Care, Senator Grant Tambling said today.

CRANA is a highly respected organisation that provides support to remote area nurses who face geographical, social and professional isolation on a daily basis.

"The Commonwealth Government has recognised the important work CRANA undertakes in supporting its members and the wider remote community with continued funding for another three years," Senator Tambling said.

"This funding will allow CRANA to maintain services that help ensure vital remote area nursing staff -who constitute more than 50 per cent of the health work force in remote areas - remain working in these communities."

An important part of CRANA's support to members is its Bush Crisis Line, a 24 hour telephone counselling service which provides debriefing and counselling to remote area health workers for job-related trauma to isolated rural and remote health practitioners and their families.

"A Commonwealth Government commitment of $559,000 for the next three years will ensure that health professionals who have dealt with traumatic situations - from verbal abuse to the death of a child -receive appropriate assistance to cope with anxiety.

"In the last twelve months alone, the Bush Crisis Line has received 369 calls from rural and remote health workers who have experienced trauma in the line of duty."

The Federal Government has initiated a range of rural health initiatives under the Rural Health Strategy which reflect its commitment to supporting vital services in the bush. They include the:

Remote and Rural Nursing Scholarship Scheme, funded at $600,000 per annum, helps ensure that remote and rural nurses have access to further specialised education and training in their respective fields;

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First Line Emergency Care Program enables remote health practitioners to develop the knowledge and skills essential for providing patient care and treatment in common emergency situations; ●

upskilling of rural and remote midwives will support at least 1575 rural or remote midwives over ●

the next three years in receiving training; and Young Nurses Initiative in Western Australia will receive funding of $69,000 for students from remote areas to undertake clinical training in Perth before returning to rural regions to complete their coursework.

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Media Contact: David Losberg at Senator Tambling's office - 02 6277 3436 / 0419 691 443

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Published on Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care web site 8 September 2000 Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care URL: http://www.health.gov.au/mediarel/yr2000/gt/gt20021.htm