RAN Remote Area Nurse (TV series)

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RAN Remote Area Nurse
Written by
  • John Alsop
  • Sue Smith
  • Alice Addison
Directed by
  • David Caesar
  • Catriona McKenzie
Country of originAustralia
Original languageEnglish
No. of series1
No. of episodes6
Executive producerHelen Panckhurst
ProducerPenny Chapman
Production locationsMasig Island, Queensland, Australia
Production companyChapman Pictures Production
Original network SBS (Australian TV channel)
Original release5 January (2006-01-05) 
9 February 2006 (2006-02-09)

RAN (Remote Area Nurse) is an Australian television program (drama series) that aired on SBS (Australian TV channel) on 5 January 2006. The series was filmed entirely on Masig Island (Yorke Island) in the tropical Torres Strait north of the Cape York Peninsula, the northernmost part of Australia (State of Queensland), and the border with Papua New Guinea.


This is an important series to Torres Strait Islanders, but also to the predominantly Anglo Australian community as it highlights the difference between Islanders and mainland Indigenous Australians and the interactions between Islander and Anglo culture. Islander actors and extras are extensively used.

The series was released on DVD on 20 February 2006.


First aired in early 2006 [1] on Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) television, it follows the life of Helen Tremain (Susie Porter), the Remote Area Nurse, charged with providing medical services to the remote Torres Strait Islanders community.


The drama comes from the RAN's necessarily close association with the island Chairman, Russ Gaibui (Charles Passi), and his extensive and somewhat dysfunctional family of wife Ina and grown children Eddie, Solomon, Paul (adopted), Nancy and Faith (adopted) and their families and friends, and other characters on the island including some white Australians.

The season of six episodes covers topics such as: whites fitting into an Islander culture; alcohol misuse and smuggling in Islander communities; family hostility and love; outsider influence on island life; family tension, life and death; seasons in the tropics and the effect on people, marriage and family.


The series is portrayed as telling true stories. Many of the idioms of the drama come from local situations. Islanders speak among themselves in their local dialect with subtitles provided for the wider television audience.

While non-Islanders can only guess at the accuracy of the portrayal, many extras are Islanders and that there was significant assistance from locals in the production.[ citation needed ]




No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
11"The Coral Age"David CaesarJohn Alsop5 January 2006 (2006-01-05)
22"One Ball"Catriona McKenzieJohn Alsop12 January 2006 (2006-01-12)
33"The Coming of the Light"David CaesarAlice Addison19 January 2006 (2006-01-19)
44"The Gardens of the Torres Strait"Catriona McKenzieAlice Addison26 January 2006 (2006-01-26)
55"Blue Hawaii"David CaesarSue Smith2 February 2006 (2006-02-02)
66"Here Comes the Rain Again"Catriona McKenzieSue Smith9 February 2006 (2006-02-09)


The show and cast have won several awards, and been nominated in many more. Below is just some of the wins and nominations.

At the 2006 Australian Film Institute Awards, the show won 3 awards
At the 2007 Logies, the show won 1 Award
Nominated in two other categories

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  1. "RAN: Remote Area Nurse". imdb.com. 24 October 2011.