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”.


The way of the future!

Delft University of Technology student Alec Momont graduated cum laude with a final grade of 10(!) on the Ambulance Drone he developed. A ten is not given often, but this was a unique project!

This compact flying toolbox contains essential supplies for (lay-person) advanced life support. Portability and foldability help the drone to be used anywhere.

The incorporation of a two-way, video supported, communication channel in the drone between 112 operators and the first respondents will greatly improve first care.

In short, the Ambulance Drone helps to save lives by extending existing emergency infrastructure with a network of fast and compact UAVs capable of bringing emergency supplies and establishing communication, anywhere.

Is this the way of the future?

Heart attack survivor campaigns for defibrillators at sporting fields

A month after a heart attack during a hockey game, Tamworth’s Mark Hooper is back on the field and scoring goals — and very happy to be there. He will never forget what started as a typical Saturday afternoon four weeks ago.

The match was not going well, but a pep talk from the coach at half-time had everyone keen to get back on and turn a 2-0 deficit into a win. It worked and the team was 4-2 ahead when Mr Hooper was subbed off. Seconds later, in the sideline dugout, Mr Hooper recalls reaching for a drink and instead, hitting the ground.

The 39-year-old said he had no way to describe the incredible amount of luck that was with him that day. Not only were there four people close at hand to begin CPR immediately, but the hockey club owned a defibrillator.

“The stars aligned, that’s all I can say,” Mr Hooper said.


Imagine a Monday morning like any other… You walk into the office and make yourself a cup a coffee whilst catching up with your team about the weekend. All of a sudden, you hear the violent sound of a cup smashing and see one of your employees fall to the ground – unconscious, not breathing, with no pulse.

What would you do?

If the answer is “I don’t know,” the tragic reality is that without immediate CPR and a shock from a defibrillator (or ‘defib’), that person – your employee – would likely die within minutes.

As an employer, you’re responsible for the health and safety of your employees, but in order to be fully prepared you must first understand the number one risk facing Australia today – sudden cardiac arrest.

Winner in Wagga!

A few weeks ago the Defib team got up at the crack of dawn and set off on a 5 hour road trip to Wagga Wagga, NSW. The reason for our travels was to meet up with the fantastic team from Wollundry Rotary who we have set up a new partnership with to “Defib Wagga”!
There is a passionate group of people lead by Travis Downie who has been personally effected by Sudden Cardiac Arrest. Travis has a great story to tell as there is a positive outcome, because he had access to an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED).

Defibrillator saves footballer’s life after heart attack during soccer match

SOMETIMES it takes something terrible for something fantastic to happen.

When Michael “Mickey” Dean died last August after suffering chest pains playing for Southern and Ettalong United Football Club, his wife Peta campaigned for defibrillators to be installed at sports grounds. One such device at Umina Oval saved its first life after Nathan Mark suffered a heart attack playing for the Gosford City Dragons the weekend before last.

The 40-year-old was kept alive by team mates, as well as players from Umina and a surf lifesaver who just happened to be at the ground at the time, until paramedics arrived.

How to prevent sudden cardiac arrest

There may be a way to stave off what is almost always a fatal condition. Patients with faulty hearts may have a four-week window to avert death, according to new research.

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), in which the heart abruptly stops beating (as opposed to the circulation blockage of a heart attack), was previously thought to happen unexpectedly, without any warning.

But in fact, many victims of these sudden stoppages may ignore the symptoms, a study published on Tuesday in the Annals of Internal Medicine found.

“There’s this window of opportunity that we really didn’t know existed,” lead author Dr Sumeet Chugh said in a statement.