Awesome Foursome at Garfield Golf Club

There are some days when you go to work and great news comes your way!

“It was 2pm on a Tuesday in January….the phone rang again – it had been ringing all day. This call was different.

It told me of a golfer who had been at the right place, at the right time to have a sudden cardiac arrest. Paul Miles, a local golfer was playing a round of golf with his brother when he collapsed. His brother John acted quickly….ripped open his shirt and started CPR! One of the other members of the “4” Kevin, called 000 and then the final bloke in this story Peter was running to get the defibrillator from the club house.

Peter arrived back in minutes, probably the fastest he had run since his high school days…but he then applied the defibrillator.


The ambulance arrived in time to find Paul with a heart rhythm – the shock from the AED had re-started the heart and he was transferred to hospital.

The Garfield Golf Club has been engaged for a long time with the local Bendigo Bank in Bunyip; it was the nearby branch that had donated the defibrillator.

I hung up the phone exhausted and with mixed emotions – exhilarated to hear about the save, in operations mode knowing we needed to replace the pads, but with a tear in my eye knowing that Paul would still be here with his family – and sooner rather than later, be back playing golf with his brother John.”


Many steps for preventing Sudden Cardiac Death of the Young (SCDY) have been identified, beginning with increasing public awareness of SCDY risk factors, cardiac symptoms, and appropriate actions.
Another step is to increase community knowledge of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs).
Sadly children and young people can suffer sudden cardiac arrest, as well as the older population.
Medical experts believe many children could be saved if a defibrillator is used within minutes of collapse. However, there is currently no national system in place in Australia to ensure defibrillators are on school premises.

Defib for Life is working to make defibrillators mandatory, but we need your help.

Why familiarisation training is important

Do I need special training to use an AED?

It is Defib For Life’s aim to ensure all people are capable and confident to use an AED in a case of emergency.

While using an AED is simple, we recommend pairing it with face to face AED training. The trainers can guide you through some of the considerations and special circumstances for using an AED, and give you the confidence to respond to any emergency.

Defibrillators for sports clubs: 7 common questions answered


Cardiac arrest is a silent killer that affects nearly 33,000 Australians per year . Only 6-13% of these out of hospital cardiac arrest victims survive for more than a year after the event if defibrillation is delayed. What’s even more shocking is that children and young adults who play sport are at an even greater risk of suffering from sudden cardiac arrest.

The health and well-being of Australians should be a priority for Sporting Club Managers. They are responsible for giving their athletes, officials and supporters the best chance of survival in the event of a sudden tragedy. The chances of preventing a fatal emergency medical situation out on the sports field or in the stands can be drastically improved by installing an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) and knowing it is part of your emergency response plan.

Is your sports club prepared to save someone’s life?

How an ordinary netball match in 2014 ended in heartbreak…

Twenty-seven year old Beth Leske was playing a typical game of netball with her team, Fairy Meadow, in Berkeley, Wollongong when she suddenly slumped to the ground.

The young mother had shown no signs of being unwell and despite attempts to revive her, she died in hospital. Paramedics confirmed that she had suffered Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

Unfortunately, Beth’s story is not uncommon in Australia. Thousands of people don’t realise that they may have a condition that can cause Sudden Cardiac Arrest. In many cases, the first symptom of this disease is death.