Defib For Life, along with other organisations, were recently invited to attend a Forum at the Westmead Education & Conference Centre in Sydney.
The purpose was to come together to give our ideas to the NSW Government Health Department on ways to increase the survival rates of Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrests (OHCA). Sue attended and gave valuable insight to the work and survival rates here in Victoria, and to the processes that Ambulance Victoria have in place, such as the AED register, Community Awareness of Sudden Cardiac Arrest, and Public Access Defibrillators.
The Forum was attended by the Honourable David Hurley, Dr Kerry Chant PSM, NSW Chief Health Officer and Deputy Secretary Population & Public Health, along with NSW Ambulance.
The day included Round Table discussions on ways to increase public awareness of CPR, the need for Community First Responders, and Public Access Defibrillators.
It was a very interesting afternoon, and many valuable ideas and concepts were put forward for the Government Departments to consider.
It was agreed that all that attended would be asked to continue to support and assist in future meetings to help implement strategies.
Defib For Life will continue to support Public Access Defibrillators in NSW, and will attend further Forums later this year.