My UK Trip

During my recent family trip to the UK, I couldn’t help but continually notice the placement of AED’s, something that has become second nature for me since we started Defib For Life in 2010.

Our journey commenced at Tullamarine airport Melbourne, where AED’s have been in place now for many years and have been responsible for saving many lives. Throughout my journey I passed through 6 airports and like Tullamarine these airports all had strategically placed AED’s. Thankfully, it appears that the placement of AED’s in international airports has become the norm.

It was pleasing to see that government departments around the world clearly understood the importance of AED’s as indicated by the proliferation of defibrillators at international airports, or do they?  For some reason they have not felt it necessary to mandate them in locations other than international airports. In my opinion, the main reason why defibrillators are policy at international airports and not elsewhere is to safe guard them against the embarrassment of an international incident should an overseas traveler die suddenly of a cardiac arrest whilst in transit.

Throughout my travels outside of the airport system, AED’s did appear ad-hoc across the UK, mostly at large shopping centres and tourist attractions. What was quite interesting to me though was that defibrillators had become common in the small village setting. The common theme was that most had been purchased through their local community either via a fundraiser or a substantial donation by a single resident.

Help is just around the corner!

Thanks to some great conversations with some key sporting clubs at local level, we started looking around for some ways to help out with clubs who needed support with funding. With our looking came a whole host of different government grants which support the purchase of one of our Defib For Life packages….how cool is that!

Whats even cooler is that we have done the research on when they all open, when they close and also some tips on writing your application and some information for your application. Here is the TASMANIAN one which opens today….but stick around if you are in another state as they are coming up.

If you are not in our data base, simply send us an email and that way you will be on our alerts for your state. We will let you know when they open, send you some useful stuff to include and remind you prior to closure too.

So many out there want to ensure their communities are safe, which is great. This is getting you another step closer.

Keep in touch and let us know how we can help, or how you get on.

Don’t wait til its too late.

Drones carrying defibrillators – the latest technology

Andreas Claesson, a researcher at the Center for Resuscitation Science at Karolinska Institute in Stockholm has been looking in to improving the care of patients suffering Sudden Cardiac Arrest by testing the launch of a small heart defibrillator weighing less than two pounds, featuring an electronic voice that gives instructions on how to use the device. It was attached to a small drone equipped with four small propeller-like rotors, a global positioning device and camera.

They launched the drone from a fire station within about 10 kilometres from homes where people had previous cardiac arrests.

Check out the video, it’s really cool!

There were no crashes or other mishaps during the study, Claesson said. He plans a follow-up study to test drone-delivered defibrillators for bystanders to use in real-life cardiac arrests.

Ask your local council if they are considering this.

Victorian State Government Media Release

Good to see the Victorian State Government coming on board to improve response times to Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

Victoria has one of the highest rates of survival from Sudden Cardiac Arrest, in part due to more bystanders stepping in to help save lives before paramedics arrive. Without the use of a public access AED, this statistic would not be a reality.

It’s communities taking action – does your club, community space or workplace have an Automatic External Defibrillator? They are easy to use and take up no more room than a fire extinguisher.

Find out if you do and if not, ask us to help.

Make your community a safer place to live – be rescue ready!

Click here to read the media release.

A state government assistance package could see many more defibrillators at sporting clubs across NSW.

This is such a great win, another state government leading the way with getting a package together where greater funding is available to sporting clubs to get a life saving device into your community.

Sports clubs will be encouraged to purchase defibrillators with the assistance of the NSW state government, thanks to a $4 million funding package.

The Local Sports Defibrillator Program will give a contribution to clubs which purchase a defibrillator, with $4 million allocated over four years.

Clubs can apply for funds assistance through the NSW Office of Sport website later this year.

Defib For Life will ensure Clubs are kept up to date as to when the grants open and provide tips and advice as to how to apply. Send us an email and we will keep you on our list to be the first to know.

The Hawksbury community has already recognised the need for defibrillators to be installed in public places such as their Library and is looking forward to the opportunity to install more when the grants open.

Click here to read more

You also don’t need to wait until it’s too late. Sue can prepare a quote for you if you like, give us a call on 1300 880 309 if you would like to find out more information.

Sharing the message

Defib For Life has been getting out and about lately – Canberra for the NALGA conference, Sydney setting up meetings and future strategic partnerships and sharing the message with some of our friends at 2GB.

Defib For Life was founded by highly experienced Victorian MICA Paramedic Andrew White, following the deaths of several young athletes and officials at sporting venues in Victoria, in particular Stephen Buckman, a 19 year old player who collapsed and died from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) while attending training at Rupertswood Football Club in May 2010.

Defib For Life Director, Sue Buckman is the mother of Steven. Sue’s mission is  to have defibrillators in every Corporate Office, Government Building, School, Sporting Complex, Industrial Facility, Health Club and Community Facility….anywhere that can help to save a life!

Here Sue Buckman chats with Kayley Harris and Nick Bennett from the 2GB Daily Drive Show.

National Assembly of Local Government Conference in Canberra

How many speed dates can two girls have! Well, that’s what we call them. Sally and Sue have just returned from National Assembly of Local Government Conference in Canberra where they had worthwhile face to face conversations with General Managers, CEO’s and Councillors representing local Councils from across Australia.

The topics of discussion were centred on “Building Tomorrow’s Communities” – with some great speakers and challenging content.

Our challenge was to right the wrongs that were out there about Automatic External Defibrillators, Sudden Cardiac Arrest and the solution of empowering communities to be ready, first responders, even if you do have an Ambulance in your town.

Our message is simple; Defib For Life want to save lives by ensuring as many people as possible throughout the community in public places have access to automatic defibrillation. If you have a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (and approx. 33,000 Australians of all ages do each year out of hospital), what are the chances that the Ambulance you need, is near by and actually has an AED on board?

We had one piece of homework for all those we talked to – 1) ask if you actually have AED’s in your communities; if you do, where are they located and does your community know? And 2) if you don’t, don’t wait til its too late, talk to us to see how we can help your community be stronger together by still all being here tomorrow.

We hope that there is a lot more than speed dating chatter that is happening in Council Chambers all across the country this week; real discussion should equal real action.

Don’t wait ’til it’s too late!

Defib for Life is attending the National General Assembly of Local Governments

Getting the message out there is a big part of what we spend a lot of time working on her at Defib For Life. Raising the awareness is just as crucial as raising the number of defibrillators in our community – so this coming week we are going to work on both!

Defib for Life is attending the National General Assembly of Local Governments. A unique opportunity to connect with over 800 influencers and decision makers from councils across Australia whilst they develop policy and fiscal strategy for the coming year. These delegates represent the peak body for the local government sphere in Australia, the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) which initiates policy development on national issues.

Attending the Assembly offers us the opportunity to show these delegates WHAT WE DO which is to educate communities to access early defibrillation knowing its imperative to improving outcomes from an unexpected sudden cardiac arrest.

During the Assembly, we have the opportunity to engage with federal politicians, to show them that it is now more important than ever to respond to the demand in the community to supply more units nationally to sporting clubs, organisations, workplaces, schools, and the like and to eventually create relevant legislative change to make AED’s legally required within these locations.

You can help out if you like, by writing to your local council and or elected members and ask them if they are going to invest a small amount of money to make your community rescue ready!

Don’t wait til its too late.

Sports Club Grants: Funding Your Life-Saving Defibrillator

For small and not-for-profit associations, a defibrillator can feel like a luxury, rather than the critical safety equipment it is.

Although most sports club recognise defibrillators as an essential part of their safety equipment toolkit, the initial outlay of cash required to install one can be daunting. For smaller clubs operating on shoestring budgets, raising the money needed can seem like a difficult issue to overcome. Your registration fees and community events cover the basics, but finding room for facility and equipment upgrades is an uphill battle.


Brighton Real Estate Agency to bring defibrillator to auctions

We love finding stories where communities are being innovative and finding ways to keep their communities safe.

This is a great idea, selling houses is a stressful experience….buying one even more so! If you are selling your house, ask your agent if they have a defibrillator in their car?

A leading Bayside community business is taking the initiative to help keep its citizens safe by carrying a defibrillator to every Auction in the Bayside area. The following story refers to a “heart attack” but the symptoms are classic to those of a Sudden Cardiac Arrest – no warning signs!

With every minute that passes after a sudden cardiac arrest, the chance of survival decreases by 10%. But by increasing the number of Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) out in our communities, we have the power to change the outcome.

You can help create a safer space for your community by including a defibrillator in your safety equipment. Is your community prepared?

Nick Johnstone Real Estate