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re­quir­ing the re­place­ment of switchgear and con­nec­tions be­tween the un­der­ground ca­bles and the pad­mount sub­sta­tions them­selves,” he said.

Fur­ther re­pairs to the elec­tric­ity net­work will be re­quired in the com­ing weeks to re­turn it to its nor­mal con­fig­u­ra­tion.

Pad­mount sub­sta­tions con­vert high volt­age elec­tric­ity into a level which can be used in homes and busi­nesses.

I think the last thing we need is for the loss of any ser­vices and fa­cil­i­ties, es­pe­cially when it comes to hav­ing a stores de­pot in Dubbo which will keep a heap of spare parts, and the work­force of six peo­ple who know what they’ve got and how to dis­patch those parts. IT’S great to see that while health ser­vices across the na­tion are strug­gling with de­mands and cost in­creases, some things do im­prove.

The Royal Fly­ing Doc­tor Ser­vice South Eastern Sec­tion (RFDS SE) is launch­ing a new men­tal health ser­vice part­ner­ship in Dubbo to help peo­ple with se­vere and com­plex men­tal health prob­lems.

Funded by the Western NSW Pri­mary Health Net­work, the RFDS Men­tal Health Nurse Sup­port Ser­vice will bring to­gether the RFDS SE men­tal health team and local GPS.

“This part­ner­ship is es­sen­tial be­cause GPS of­ten don’t have the spe­cific re­sources to deal with such cases,” ac­cord­ing to Lau­rinne Camp­bell, a clin­i­cal nurse spe­cial­ist in the RFDS men­tal health team.

“Be­cause there are few spe­cial­ist fa­cil­i­ties out­side of the big cities, many end up in local hos­pi­tals and in-pa­tient set­tings.

“The part­ner­ship with the GPS is about help­ing clients to stay well so they can par­tic­i­pate in and con­trib­ute to their com­mu­ni­ties and re­duc­ing hos­pi­tal ad­mis­sions,” she said.

The Fly­ing Doc­tor base has ex­panded enor­mously since its hum­ble begin­nings and it’s so im­por­tant be­cause it also brings so many spe­cial­ist out­reach clin­ics and help to some of the state’s most iso­lated com­mu­ni­ties.

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z Ad­di­tional re­port­ing by Dubbo Photo News staff. Note: John Ryan is also a coun­cil­lor on Dubbo Re­gional Coun­cil. He writes here in his ca­pac­ity as a jour­nal­ist.

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