Andrews Govt To Roll Out 1,000 Defibrillators For Clubs And Facilities

Andrews Govt To Roll Out 1,000 Defibrillators For Clubs And Facilities

Victoria Minister for Sport John Eren

More Life-Saving Defibs For Grassroots Sports Clubs

Victor P Taffa

Victorian sports clubs have another chance to apply for a new defibrillator and help save the lives of players, volunteers or spectators who suffer a cardiac arrest.

Minister for Sport John Eren joined St. John Ambulance Victoria Chief Executive Officer Gordon Botwright today to announce that applications are open for the third round of the $2.7 Million Defibrillators for Sporting Clubs and Facilities Program.

Andrews Government is getting on with the roll out of 1,000 life-saving defibrillators to clubs and facilities across the state.

“My cardiac arrest changed my life. I know only too well just how important it is to have a defibrillator nearby.” Minister for Sport John Eren said.

“Great news is that more bystanders than ever are stepping in to save lives, and we want more clubs to have the right equipment and training in case an emergency strikes.”

“Our defibrillator roll out has been a huge success already delivering nearly 600 defibrillators to clubs representing more than 50 different sports.” Mr. Eren said.

“That means there are just over 400 defibrillators and training packages still up for grabs, so there’s no time to waste.”

Clubs in the booming outer suburbs where record numbers of people are joining up, including Hume, Mornington Peninsula and the Yarra Ranges, are being urged to apply.

Defibrillators at local sports clubs keep players safe and spectators protected, but they’re also a vital tool for the community.

Use of public defibrillators for cardiac arrests has soared four-fold from 2.8 % in 2006/07 to 11 % in 2015/16.

“Without a defibrillator close by, the survival rate for sudden cardiac arrest is somewhere between 2 and 5 %. When a defibrillator is used within the first few minutes the rate of survival can rise to 70 %.” St. John Ambulance Victoria Chief Executive Officer Gordon Botwright said.

“We are proud to partner with the Victorian Government in equipping the local community with lifesaving equipment and skills.”

Sporting clubs who already have a defibrillator are encouraged to register them with Ambulance Victoria.