Good Sam App Launched

Ambulance Victoria has just launched the smartphone app “GoodSAM”, following a successful four month pilot program. Over 1,000 Ambulance Victoria paramedics registered as GoodSAM first responders.

Now thousands more trained professionals are expected to register such as firefighters, lifesavers, doctors and nurses. The app sends an electronic call to these registered good Samaritans and alerts them when a person nearby is in sudden cardiac arrest and where the closest defibrillator is located.

Defib For Life are happy to support this initiative, as we believe that it does indeed take a community to save a life.

If you do own a defibrillator, make sure it is registered with Ambulance Victoria which will then link the information of the location to the GoodSam app.

15 year old saved by his quick thinking work colleagues

Every time we hear of a save the team at Defib for Life are over the moon with excitement because it means that a family member, or best mate, or a staff member at a workplace is still here, and now has the capacity to go on living their life because there was a defibrillator nearby.

In March 2017 a 15 year old teenager working at a McDonalds in outer Melbourne was saved by his quick thinking young colleagues after he suffered a Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

They knew where the AED was located, they opened it up and followed the instructions that the fully automatic external defibrillator gives you and they were able to save their friend.

This young man had an underlying heart condition, that like so many, goes undetected until that person has a Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

Many people aren’t aware that young, fit people can and do suffer a Sudden Cardiac Arrest. In this case the story had a great outcome and the young man is back enjoying life with his family and his mates.

Thank goodness the management in this business structure had the forthought to ensure that their work place was rescue ready in the case of an emergency. Is yours?

Be prepared for any emergency and be rescue ready. Contact Sue and had a chat to see how you can ensure your work place is rescue ready, she has some really helpful tips!


It’s always nice to hear some positive feedback and to hear that you have made a difference to someone’s life. Defib For life would like to thank the Blaxland Football Club for their kind words.

“I’d like to thank Sue and her team on the amazing work they do.  We received the government grant for 1/2 of the cost of a new AED however we had many questions.

Sue took the time to run through everything with us, we then placed our order with her and received it 2 days later.

I would have no hesitation in recommending Defib For Life to anyone considering an AED purchase.”

Steve Myhill
Blaxland Football Club

The NSW Government is offering a Local Sport Defibrillator Grant Program allocating $4 million over four years to assist sporting clubs across NSW in the purchase and maintenance of Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs). This Grant Program provides NSW sports clubs like Blaxland Football Club the opportunity to acquire an AED package for their club or sports facility at a reduced cost.

Contact us to find out when the next round opens in 2018 and how we can help you choose the right EAD for you.

Defibrillator donated to Boweya Fire Brigade

Defib For Life was pleased to be able to donate a defibrillator to the Boweya Fire Brigade recently after their unit was stolen.

Sue Buckman, director of Defib For Life realises the importance of having defibrillators in regional areas. Having this new defibrillator on site gives everyone in the community a better chance of survival.

The Boweya Fire Brigade have generously given Defib For Life a $1000 donation – thank you!

Penshurst footy player revived after cardiac arrest at training

A young Penshurst Football Club player has been saved with the use of a defibrillator after suffering a Sudden Cardiac Arrest at training last week. What makes it feel extra special for us is that the unit that was used in the rescue was supplied to the Club in 2012 by Defib For Life.

Penshurst president Brenden Cottrill said the use of the defibrillator and swift medical action “saved Luke’s life”.

Is your Club rescue ready?