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Northern NSW : Summer 2012-2013
It’s not every day that a boss gets to spend some time out of the office and out of their comfort zone. But for the General Manager this was recently the case. Richard visited Defence Reser vists in the Solomon Islands as part of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) Exercise Boss Lift in early November. Exercise Boss Lift is a Defence program organised and run by the Cadet, Reserve and Employer Support Division (CRESD). It is designed to inform and promote to employers and the broader community the training, skills and capabilities that Defence Reservists bring to the civilian workplace. During his visit, he met with Army Reser ve members of the Combined Task Force on Operation ANODE who are supporting the Regional Assistance Mission Solomon Islands (RAMSI). The Australian-led RAMSI has assisted the Solomon Islands Government with maintaining security, law and justice, economic governance and improving the machinery of government since 2003. The group saw the conditions and challenges the soldiers faced while deployed. They were also given an insight into service life and toured the Island and main operating base. Exercise boss lift Every challenge satisfied There have been many changes in the way in which helicopters are used to provide a vital link in our NSW health care chain. In the earlier days change came only after volunteer helicopter crews were able to demonstrate not just the potential, but also the reality, of what they could. Nearly 40 years on the challenges come from the medical sector seeking cooperation in the never ending quest to provide the most efficient and cost effective rapid response system for the ill and injured. The stabilising factor throughout all this change has always been our community. Your unwavering support for this Service has provided the professionals in the service with the sound platform of confidence from their community to meet every challenge. The annual Hunter ball is a spectacular evening where all those involved in the essential fundraising for the Service gather as one to celebrate their success and to set themselves new challenges. There at the ball they meet others with different approaches, fresh ideas, innovative activities and what seems like endless energy. They deserve a night of pure fun, and they seem to embrace it, but always their focus is on the main game raising funds to ensure that no-one ever has to pay to be lifted to care and helped by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service. There are new challenges arising and I want to assure you that our community based Board and all employees are working with the Hunter New England Area Health and with NSW Ambulance to ensure your Service remains an integral and valued element of the NSW health care system. Our magazine is full of delighted and inspiring stories about our community. Each of those stories remind us and our colleagues in the health system that our focus is our communty. Richard Jones General Manager Westpac Rescue Helicopter Ser vice - Rescue Summer 2012/2013 Page 3