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Defibrillators for Men's Sheds

DYCFL share a vision to install defibrillators into all Men's Sheds.

With a number of grants available to Men's Shed, apply now and support the installation of Defibrillators in Victoria. more


Victorian out-of-hospital cardiac survival rates among the best in the world

The Victorian Government issued a Media Release about the increase in survival rates due to public access defibrillators. 

Minister for Health David Davis announced in February 2014 that a new report confirmed Victorians whose hearts stop beating after suffering a cardiac arrest have a greater chance of survival than people almost anywhere else in the world.

“Patients who received CPR from community members, particularly those who were treated with public defibrillators to get their hearts beating again in the vital minutes before paramedics arrived, had even better. survival rates,” Mr Davis said

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Ambulance Victoria talks about the importance of AEDs

The 2013 edition of Ambulance Victoria’s  Newsletter – Pillowtalk talks about the importance of AEDs and includes the contact details for DYCFL (see pp 8-9).

Having AEDs publicly accessible will help increase the chance of survival from a cardiac arrest. CPR, together with the use of an AED in the critical minutes before paramedics arrive, dramatically increases the patient’s chance of survival. A patient who receives CPR prior to paramedic arrival is four times more likely to survive. PDF

City2Surf Death Calls for Defibrillators at Sports Events

With up to 500 healthy and often ­supremely fit young people dying each year from sudden cardiac arrest, cardiologist Chris Semsarian said the ­lifesaving devices must be in every school and at every sporting event.

Tributes have been flowing for the Fox Sports employee and Scots College graduate, who was seen crawling to the finish line of the gruelling 14km fun run on Sunday. He died at St Vincent’s Hospital a short time later of a suspected heart attack.

In an emailed statement to all Fox Sports staff, CEO Patrick Delany said Mr Head would be remembered as a ­“reliable go-to man”.

Sydney University and RPA cardiologist Professor Chris Semsarian, who specialises in cardiac death in the young, said more needed to be done to prevent deaths: “Defibrillators should be at every sporting field and in every school.

“When you have a cardiac arrest, while having someone pushing on your chest might keep you alive for three minutes, the only thing that is going to save you is the shock of a defibrillator.”



A defibrillator saves a 32 year old Melbourne mother

Samantha Jobe survived a heart attack thanks to the quick actions of the trainers at her gym and the use of a defibrillator from a nearby business. more 

Making hearts beat again

Sue Buckman from Defib Your Club For Life (DYCFL) flew to Sydney to take part in ‘Team Take Part’ at the Big Top, Luna Park on Wednesday, 28 May. With free Automatic External Defibrillation (AED) training it was all hands on deck as the life-saving experts coached school children, teachers and public alike to learn how to make hearts beat again. more


Standardised medical bag for FIFA World Cup

FIFA have introduced their first standardised medical bag for the 2014 World Cup, with the most critical element being the Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) which is clearly visible in the front pocket of the bag. This emergency medical bag is required on the sidelines of every match and must be sighted before the referee can blow the starting whistle. more