Cricket Australia Independent Review of Phillip Hughes Death – Defibrillators at all First Class Matches

Sport is a past time that we in Australia take for granted. We all head out most weekends to enjoy playing our favourite sport or to watch our kids or partners partake. Great fitness, great fun – it’s what it should be.

There are then our sporting heroes. Men and women who make it to the elite level of their chosen sport – and this story is about Phillip Hughes. The incident that caused the fatal injury and subsequent death was a tragedy indeed.

Cricket Australia has conducted a thorough independent review of the former Test Cricketers death and come up with a series of recommendations to be implemented in at all first-class cricket in Australia. The report is very detailed and there are some 65 points to go through which cover the circumstance in with injury occurred; what the injury was; if the equipment was sufficient, flawed or required review; and interestingly items 53-56 refers to “Injuries of the Heart”.

More first response emergency care in northern Illawarra

Northern Illawarra Chamber of Commerce has helped secure two new defibrillators at Helensburgh Library and Thirroul District Community Centre and Library.

Chamber Vice President Tanya Parry came up with the idea.

“I reviewed our local surroundings and immediately noted a lack of resources, in particular, the absence of a local accessible emergency department. With the population of Helensburgh and Thirroul containing almost 20,000 people, this is a serious concern. The community response has been overwhelmingly thankful,” she said.

Bankstown District Football Association receives six defibrillators for football venues

As a result of the NSW Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development “Stronger Communities Program” which provides grants of up to $20,000 to local not-for-profit organisations, Bankstown District Football Association has received six defibrillators for local football venues.

There is now a defibrillator at each of the venues where the Bankstown Sports Strikers are based. They are Bass Hill RSL, Greenacre Eagles, East Bankstown, North Bankstown and Yagoona Lions. Bankstown Basketball Stadium, in Condell Park, and the Western District Joggers and Harriers also received the equipment.

Round one Grant allocations will triple the number of defibrillators at Bankstown sporting fields, making this just the start of ensuring all grounds have a defibrillator.

To find out more about Round Two applications which may benefit your Club, visit the “Stronger Communities Programme” (SCP) website.