National Community Facilities Funding Scheme (NCFFS)

There has been some great work done in some Cricket Clubs to make sure their Clubs are safe places to go; raising funds was not a barrier – they found a way; below is one of the ways they achieved this.

The National Community Facilities Funding Scheme (NCFFS) has been established by Cricket Australia to support the ongoing development of community cricket facilities across Australia. Given the direct and enduring impact that facilities have on cricket participation, Cricket Australia has identified the need to work collaboratively with funding partners to increase investment.

In Victoria, the fund is open to all clubs, associations and regions across Australia that are affiliated with Cricket Victoria. The fund is also open to local councils working with their local cricket clubs and associations.

Applications close at 12 midnight on Sunday, October 30, 2016 and must be submitted via the online application form here.

Please read the guidelines carefully before applying. You can also view a sample application form for reference. Click here to download the declaration form.

Bulldogs fan recovering after grand final heart attack, says defibrillator saved his life

When Western Bulldogs supporter Rob McCarthy woke up after having a heart attack at the MCG on grand final day, he only wanted to know one thing.

“Did the Doggies win?” he asked. “That’s when I put my thumb up and everybody [in the crowd] started clapping and cheering. “They knew I’d survived so that was nice.”

Mr McCarthy, 64, was saved by off-duty paramedic Liam Moore who performed CPR.

“I knew that when I got there he still had a pulse, we still had a chance,” he said.

Someone got a defibrillator, which was installed in the MCG just for this reason, and shocked his heart into a normal rhythm.

He was taken to hospital where doctor’s performed life-saving surgery.

Fitness – Safety – Wellness

A variety of recent initiatives that are seeing automated external defibrillators (AEDs) installed in an increasing range of leisure settings has brought into focus the issue as to whether all fitness clubs in Australia and New Zealand should install lifesaving defibrillators.

In New Zealand, all of Auckland Council aquatic centres and each CityFitness gym is equipped with a defibrillator while in the USA, more than 10 states require that fitness facilities have at least one AED on-site, along with trained staff.

The need for defibrillators is all-too-often enforced when the life saving equipment is not available at a facility or event and someone dies as a result of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA, commonly known as a ‘heart attack’). Waiting for paramedics to arrive to attend to a heart-attack victim will dramatically reduce their 5% survival rate.

Australian Fitness Industry

Defib For Life is attending the Sports Medicine Australia Conference next week to promote the urgent need for sports clubs and fitness centres  to have a defibrillator on site.

The Australian Fitness Industry Risk Management (AFIRM), which is backed by research partners Fitness Australia and Sports Medicine Australia, highlights that

“being prepared for medical emergencies is crucial in reducing risk and potential liability” and that “there is both a professional and legal need to have medical emergency plans in place.”

These types  of medical emergencies include medical conditions which lead to cardiac arrest.

AFIRM add that “fitness business and professionals have a legal obligation to plan for and provide appropriate emergency care when these situations occur”.