Garfield Golf Club were rescue ready – are you?

Well, looks like 2017 could be the year!!!! Get ready to read on – this is the reason we get up and go to work each day, to deal with phone calls like this….please read on.

I have just spoken to the Garfield Golf Club in Victoria. They used their Cardiac Science G3 over a weekend during January….. and it was a success!!!!!  They are not sure of the age of the man, but he is believed to be in mid to late 50’s and was doing what many do when they come to the Club, enjoying a leisurely round of Golf.

The man simply collapsed; a member of the Club staff quickly ran to grab the AED from their front office and without hesitation opened the lid, followed the instruction and used the training that he remembered. The AED shocked the male, whilst the Ambulance was on the way; this was crucial. Ambulance Officers arrived, stabilised him and then transferred him to hospital.


News ALERT……….Just received a call from an RSL Club in Caulfield, they used their AED on a 52 year old male. He was taken to the Alfred Hospital and is recovering.

The Cardiac Science G5 has the inbuilt technology where the crucial data recorded during the life saving use can then be downloaded on a USB for the medical staff, who then use to more accurately continue their great work, getting patient back to good health more quickly.

The Ambo’s took the AED with them to the Alfred, to have the rescue data downloaded. The chap from the RSL rang me concerned however that they now have no AED and what if something else was to happen.

Chance encounter saves life on Serendipity Drive

Di Wilfschefski was walking on Serendipity Drive with a friend when she was struck down by a cardiac arrest. Although only 5 per cent survive a cardiac arrest in Australia, Di is still alive thanks to a series of fortunate events including some nurses being in the area, and a local Bendigo Bank having a community defibrillator.

“Di just called my name and grabbed her chest and collapsed, it was that quick,” Ms Ledden said. But Ms Wilschefski, 61, felt certain someone was watching over her that day.

View her remarkable story and the series of events that followed.

Saving lives on the sports field

The enormous growth in grass roots ‘masters’ sports is a healthy development for aging players but it also means more people may be at risk of having a heart attack while playing.

Three guests who’ve all been touched by tragedy of this kind are part of a campaign to save lives.

They want defibrillators in all local sports clubs.

Listen now to their stories.



What is an AED, and why are they vital in saving lives?

AED stands for‘ Automated External Defibrillator’, which is a device that detects lethal heart rhythms which stop the heart from pumping effectively, and then allows a rescuer to deliver a measured shock to a revert these rhythms, so the heart can pump effectively again.

  1. The only method available to revert lethal cardiac arrest rhythms is the use of a defibrillator e.g. AED.
  2. Statistically, for every minute lost without defibrillation, you lose 10% probability of saving a life (With good CPR you can extend this by several more minutes!)
  3. The ‘Average Ambulance Response Time in major metropolitan cities of Australia is approximately 16 minutes.
  4. If you apply a measured shock to a person’s heart, suffering a lethal rhythm within the first minute, they have a 70%chance of survival.

Are they safe to use?

Yes they are. The AED talks you through the process giving very simple directions on what to do and when.

Will I kill someone using a defibrillator?

No! AED’s will only deliver a shock to a heart if it detects a lethal rhythm via electrodes you stick to the person’s chest. These electrodes have sensors in them, and if they detect a normal heart rhythm they WILL NOT deliver a shock.

When do I use one?

You use a defibrillator when you need to undertake CPR, which is performed on an unconscious person who is not breathing normally e.g. regular, rhythmic breathing.

Carrum Bowling Club defibrillator saves cyclist’s life

When the Carrum Bowling Club bought a defibrillator two years ago, they thought it might help an ageing bowler succumbing to heat.

But a peninsula cyclist is a lucky beneficiary of the club’s foresight after suffering cardiac arrest in the right place at the right time.

“(We bought it) just because of the age of our members basically, our average age is about 70,” president Phil Kelly told Kate Stevenson and Peter Maher on 3AW Breakfast. “We’ve had quite a few people get affected by the heat.

“It brings home that there should be more of these around. “They would save more lives.”

Dom’s Doing Great!

Defib For Life have been following the progress of cyclist Dom from Waratah Masters CC who suffered a cardiac arrest while bike racing recently. Thanks to a cardiologist, a registered nurse, and a rider experienced with the defibrillator riding behind him and administering CPR almost immediately after falling, Dom survived.

Dom is now home with his family after having a pace maker fitted and is beginning to resume his life as normal.

His family are still amazed he is with them at all, thanks to  the brave rescuers for getting in and performing CPR whilst the AED was retrieved.

What a fantastic outcome.

Geelong’s Lara MP John Eren tells all: `I was dead for three minutes’

Victorian Sport Minister John Eren says there’s nothing like dying to bring you back down to earth with a thud.

He’s been there, dead for three minutes.

Perhaps all that brought him back was that his heart stopped in the waiting room at Geelong Hospital.

“I didn’t see it, I was dead,” he said of his dramatic resuscitation. Mr Eren, 52, collapsed after having experienced acute chest pain which prompted him to cut short a family Father’s Day trip to Melbourne.

“It was a bit excruciating, it was like a samurai warrior with a sword trying to get out of your chest and an elephant sitting on it preventing him,” he said. He had felt guilty going straight to the window in the busy emergency waiting room but felt life literally slipping away as he awaited assessment.

“It just felt so scary, you feel so vulnerable, you feel exposed,” Mr Eren said. “You feel like you’re a bystander and that you can’t do anything even though you know that there’s this struggle of life and death going on within you. And your reinforcements are the nurses and the doctors and the medications that you get to make you survive through this.”

A scan showed one of Mr Eren’s artereies was about 90% blocked.

Cardiologist calls for mandatory CPR training in schools

Professor Chris Semsarian is a cardiologist with a specific research focus in the genetic basis of cardiovascular disease.

A focus area of his research is in the investigation and prevention of sudden cardiac death in the young, particularly amongst children and young adults.

Here he calls for mandatory CPR Training in schools around Australia.



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.