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Remote area nursing and midwifery

Reaching into the geographically isolated areas of Australia, a remote area nurse or midwife may practice in communities such as aboriginal communities, mining sites, tourist resorts, pastoral properties and satellite clinics. A remote area nurse or midwife may work as part of a small team, even if team members are geographically separated from one another, or independently, referring patients when further intervention is required.  Often remaining accessible for 24 hours a day, seven days a week the position requires a broad scope of skills. A remote area nurse or midwife is generally regarded highly within remote communities.

In order to work in a remote setting in Australia, most services will require you to have worked for at least three years gaining generalist experience. This may not always be the case as employers may provide preparatory courses, orientation programs and other supports you may require. Whilst completing your Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Midwifery or postgraduate degree in nursing or midwifery it is recommended that those who wish to work in a remote setting should select topics which will prepare them to work in a remote practice, such as cultural safety, self care and indigenous health and pursue placements in rural or remote settings throughout your degree. Midwifery is not mandatory to work in a remote setting but it is certainly beneficial.

CRANAplus is dedicated to the development and delivery of safe, high quality primary healthcare to remote and isolated areas of Australia through the education and support of remote health practitioners and advocacy for the issues affecting them and the people in their care.

Opportunities as Vast as the Landscape
If you want to get a feel for what it's like to practise in rural and remote health, this publication is filled with personal accounts from health professionals working in rural and remote regions across Australia.

National Rural Health Alliance
The National Rural Health Alliance is the peak body working to improve the health of Australians in rural and remote areas. This website may be of interest to a range of health professionals including nurses and midwives.


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