The Need For Defibrillators At ALL Sporting Clubs

Every year we see far too many Australians die as a result of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) at sporting events. The key to saving lives rest essentially with the education of our greater sporting community and governing bodies to recognise the vital role that defibrillators and cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) play in preventing premature death.

Many victims are in the prime of their lives, young, apparently fit and healthy and without warning they suddenly collapse due to the onset of a lethal cardiac arrhythmia. SCA is caused by a sudden disruption to the heart’s electrical component, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) being one of the leading causes along with blockage of the coronary arteries (heart attack). It does not discriminate and can affect all ages, gender and it’s not just the competitors at risk, it can happen to officials and spectators alike.

Thankfully, victims of a cardiac arrest can be saved if early intervention is at hand. The key to survival ultimately depends upon how well bystanders react to this critical emergency.

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Chain of Survival

More people know how to use portable defibrillators than a decade ago, further improving the likelihood of a person surviving an AED.

“You’re more than twice as likely to survive a cardiac arrest now in Victoria than in previous years” Karen Smith said.

Push for Defibrillators at all Sporting Clubs

On Sunday, February 28, St Ives Football Club held a tribute match at Macquarie University Oval to remember their player, Emin Rufati who they tragically lost his life last season.

“Maybe a defibrillator could have helped, I don’t know. I will never know now.” Mrs Rufati said.

Campaigners Call for Defibrillators at Sporting Clubs

A push to roll out lifesaving defibrillators to sporting venues across Australia is gaining momentum with Victoria leading the way.

“It is my opinion that public access defibrillators should be everywhere; they should be in every sporting ground, in schools, they should be in shopping centres, airports — anywhere there is public gathering.”
Cardiac Specialist Professor Chris Semsarian

VIC Health Grants – Now Open!

VIC Health Grants have opened!

VIC Health proudly supports the role Victorian community sporting clubs and organisations play in improving health and getting people active through playing sport.

Apply now to fund a live saving Defibrillator to be installed in your Club now through these grants

– It Makes Sense
– Don’t wait ’til its too late

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Defibrillators now at Visitor Information Centre and Hawkesbury Library

EXERCISERS at Ham Common now have the added comfort of knowing if they have a sudden cardiac arrest, there is a defibrillator right at the Visitor Information Centre opposite the RAAF Base.

First aid officers at the centre have been trained in its use, but the unit is so easy to use with voice instructions that anyone can have a go if trained operators aren’t on shift.

The defibrillator is one of two installed at Council locations, with the other going in at Hawkesbury Central Library at Windsor.

“The installation of these machines at both Hawkesbury Central Library and the Visitor Information Centre will be of considerable community benefit, as both sites attract many visitors and recreational users at surrounding parks and gardens,” Mayor Kim Ford said.

Help close at hand as 36 community groups receive defibrillators

Pat Doran, from North Warrnambool Eagles Football Netball Club, and Sue Buckman from Defib for Life at a training day after the club took possession of the life-saving machine.

IT’S hoped they’ll never have to use it but North Warrnambool Eagles Football and Netball Club was one of 36 community groups to receive a defibrillator.

Andrew White, Founding Director of Defib for Life

Cardiac arrest is a silent, sudden and indiscriminate killer and you’d think that no one would know this better than a paramedic. However it took the death of a young football player from his son’s club for this and the importance of early defibrillation to hit home with Ambulance Victoria, Gisborne, Team Manager Andrew White.

Country Footy Legend Revived By Quick-Thinking Nurse after On-Field Collapse

A COUNTRY footy legend died on the field but lived to tell the tale thanks to a quick-thinking nurse who happened to be on the sidelines.

Hall of Famer John “Shorty’’ Martiniello was clinically dead after suffering a heart attack while umpiring a Goulburn Valley match between Rochester and Benalla on Saturday.

But in an incredible stoke of good fortune, the Rochester Football Club had a lifesaving defibrillator and a have-a-go-hero on stand-by.