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Sue was recently contacted by one of our supporters who, after reading our recent stories on the lives that were saved with the use of an AED, wanted to share one of her own.

“Whilst watching my son (24yrs) play outdoor soccer last year on a Sunday, an opposition team member (approx 50 years old) collapsed during the play. Several on-lookers, including myself, went to his aid. He had suffered a cardiac arrest. Luckily, the soccer ground was located inside a private college in Mt Eliza and they had several AED machines on-site. 000 operators where able to direct us to locate a machine, which we used twice. When the MICA unit arrived on scene, the gentleman was conscious. I met with the player, 6 weeks later, after he had undergone a triple by-pass.

One of the by-standers, a female soccer player, who performing CPR was a paramedic. In the weeks after this event, she held an informal CPR & Defib info session for the team members, which turned out to be very useful.

Later in the year, my son was playing soccer, this time in Dandenong, for a different team. Again, a team member collapsed (22 years old) suffered a cardiac arrest and required an AED to be administered. Thankfully the sporting facility had a defibrillator available and the young man was successfully resuscitated, before ambulance officers arrived on scene.

Witnessing two events in one year for my son, is quite amazing and thankfully because AED’s where available, the outcome on both days was positive.”

If you have a story to share let us know and we will help spread the word of how Automatic External Defibrillators (AED’s) save lives!

Do you know what to do in an emergency?

We love our Emergency Response teams, where would we be without their support? But there is something we can do to support them and others in our community – know how to save a life.

The Chain of Survival depicts the critical actions required to treat life threatening emergencies, including heart attack, cardiac arrest, stroke, and foreign body airway obstruction.

Know the Chain of Survival, there are 4 critical steps:

1: Early Access to the emergency response system;

2: Early CPR to support circulation to the heart and brain until normal heart activity is restored;

3: Early Defibrillation to treat cardiac arrest caused by ventricular fibrillation; and

4: Early Advanced Care by Emergency Services and hospital personnel.

Do you know what to do in an emergency?

Mates helping to save a life

It’s always great to hear about the news of a life being saved through the use of an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED). Recently we reported on the story of a mother starting CPR before the stadium’s defibrillator was applied to her 15 year old son bringing him back to life after he suffered a Sudden Cardiac Arrest whilst playing basketball.

Last week, a group of mates from the Noble Park Football Social Club saved the life of their 70-year-old friend, after he suffered a Sudden Cardiac Arrest. The Clubs Automatic External Defibrillator was applied and delivered one shock. The person came to and was awake and coherent when paramedics arrived to take him to hospital.

His friends were understandably emotional, but we are sure they are proud that they were calm under pressure and that they knew where the defibrillator was located within the Club and were able to use it.

15 Year Old Basketball Player saved

New statistics released by Victorian Cardiac Arrest Registry shows that 82 people were shocked using a publicly accessible Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) in 2017 – 2018, the most on record!  

The incidence of bystanders giving CPR to people who have suffered a Sudden Cardiac Arrest has also increased in the last decade from 46% to 63%.

In December 2018, Joshua Simpson a 15-year-old basketball player survived a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) thanks to early CPR and an accessible defibrillator at the Keilor Basketball Stadium.

This was the third time the defibrillator was used to save a life following previous cardiac arrests in 2012 and 2017.

It was Joshua’s mother who rushed on to the court when she saw her son collapse and who started CPR. Others fetched the defibrillator located at the arena and were able to deliver a lifesaving shock. Joshua was conscious and breathing when paramedics arrived.

“To the people who assisted me to save my sons life, no words can describe the gratitude I am feeling. I’m just thankful that they were by my side to help me bring back Josh, and I’m glad it happened when and where it did because the stadium has a defibrillator. I’d like to see every child taught CPR and every sporting venue have a defibrillator”.


Defib For Life are back from our break and looking forward to the year ahead.

We have plenty planned for 2019 including getting the word out there to more people about the importance of having Automatic External Defibrillators (AED’s) installed in our communities so they are safer and more rescue ready.

We want no Australian to be more than 10 minutes away from an Automatic External Defibrillator.

We will be aiming to educate sporting clubs, workplaces, schools and other community spaces about the risk of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) and the lives that could be saved with a defibrillator.

Our not for profit package gives you the choice between the two leading defibrillators on the market, plus face to face training and a 7- or 8-year warranty on product, pads and battery.

In 2019 we ask you to help us advocate for their installation in every public place in Australia.


Thank you to our supporters

Defib For Life would like to thank all our supporters during 2018 in particular our Red Army Members who have helped us to pass on the message of how important it is to have an AED installed in communities across Australia. We have asked them to rally the troops and sound the trumpet which they have certainly done!

They got the word out about the importance of purchasing an AED. They shared our social media posts with their networks, they shared their stories and they took the steps to make their communities safer places to be.

Some special moments during 2018 include;

  • the revival of a young football player in May using a unit supplied to the club by Defib For Life
  • and a 15-year-old boy saved by his quick-thinking young colleagues after he suffered a SCA at the McDonalds store he worked at.

In 2019 we are looking forward to more of you getting the word out and therefore hearing about more saves. We will be back in the New Year and we look forward to working toward a safe and rescue ready year ahead.

News of a Save

What great news! The Red Hills Lions Club donated an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) to their local Main Ridge Tennis Club back in 2015.

Two weeks ago, they used this unit to save the life of a young 19-year-old cricketer from Dromana who collapsed after suffering a Sudden Cardiac Arrest whilst playing cricket on a nearby oval.

This community was rescue ready.

They knew where their defibrillator was located, and they had access to it within a 10-minute time frame.

This young man is able to celebrate Christmas with his family now thanks to having access to this life saving devise.

Make sure your sports club, community, school and workplaces are rescue ready.

Turn your office party into something different

Why not turn your Office Christmas Party into something more this year?  Instead of organising a Kris Kringle with your office colleague, why not all put in to purchase a life saving defibrillator for your workplace instead.

In this way you can ensure your workplace meets its duty of care to look after you and your colleagues over this festive season and beyond.

Defib For Life has provided support to many organisations around the country, so let up help you too during this special time of year.

Take away the risk; it’s shockingly easy to restart a heart!

Meeting with our Local Members

Last week Defib For Life met with Minister Corey Wingard, Minister for Police, Emergency Services and Correctional Services and Minister for Sport, Recreation and Racing to discuss the importance of having access to Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) in our communities.

Minister Wingard is a pro-active forward-thinking Minister prepared to listen to the needs of the community and take action.

As we mentioned in the meeting, Defib For Life is interested in increasing the awareness of the issues around Sudden Cardiac Arrest and increasing the distribution to ensure that no Australian is 10minutes away from a lifesaving device making the communities we all live in safer places to be.

We are keen to continue with these conversations with other local Government Departments to see how Defib For Life can work with them to support sporting and community clubs to ensure that they are covered.

A few features of the two Defib For Life defibrillator units, that are not part of every AED:

  • Easy-to-use AED for responders at all level;
  • IP55 High ingress protection against water and dust for optimal performance in the toughest environments – ideal for taking outside classroom to sports oval or playground;
  • Meets the highest of military standards for vibration, shock and drop testing (up to 1.5mt);
  • RescueCoach™ user-paced prompts guide responder through each critical rescue step Extra assistance through text prompts provide additional coaching in noisy and chaotic environments;
  • Intuitive, interchangeable pad simplifies positioning;
  • Assesses the patient’s therapy needs and delivers customised fully automated shock at an appropriate energy level in as little as 10 seconds;
  • The shock is tapered to the size of the patient, so you are not receiving to high a shock or to low….that is so important in reducing damage to the heart and surrounding tissues;
  • Defib For Life offers face to face training….that is so important.

The wonders of modern technology

The wonders of modern technology mean that serious medical emergencies such as cardiac arrest can be treated on the spot. All you need is an automated external defibrillator close at hand, and lives can be saved.

But like all great inventions, the defibrillator did not arrive overnight. In fact, it took centuries to realise the lifesaving potential of electricity, how to apply it, and to develop the device we know today.

In essence AEDs are portable electronic machines that can automatically diagnose irregular heart beats and treat it though electrical therapy. It’s much more effective than CPR, which really just sustains life before a defibrillator can be found.

The History of the Defibrillator: A Timeline

1775 – Experiments on chickens by Danish physician Peter Christian Abilgaard reveal hearts could be stopped and then restarted by electricity.
1850 – German physician Carl Ludwig documents electrically stimulated ventricular fibrillation in dogs.
1888 – British physiologists John A Mac William suggests ventricular fibrillation might be the cause of sudden death.
1899 – Swiss physiologists JL Prevost and F Batelli confirm strong voltages applied directly to the heart could restart dogs hearts.
1928 – US Electrical Engineer William Bennett Kouwenhoven began developing defibrillators.
1933 – Kouwenhoven, with US physiologist Orthello Langworthy, demonstrate internally applied electrical current reverses ventricular fibrillation
1947 – US surgeon Claude S Beck is the first to save a human life through defibrillation, restoring his 14-year-old patient’s heart beat during a surgical procedure.
1956 – Kouwenhoven develops external defibrillators but during his experiments discovers and develops CPR. Harvard cardiologist Paul M Zoll demonstrates the first closed chest (external) defibrillation.
1960 – Portable DC-powered defibrillators are developed by Harvard’s Bernard Lown and University of Washington’s K William Edmark, allowing treatment outside hospitals for the first time.
1966 – In N Ireland, cardiologists J Frank Pantridge and John S Geddes are the first to install portable external defibrillators in an ambulance, creating the first Mobile Intensive Care Unit.
1969 – The first non-medical personnel qualified to operate a defibrillator (Emergency Medical Technicians) are hired in Portland, Oregon
1978 – the first Automated External Defibrillator is introduced, comprising sensors to detect in ventricular fibrillation. Crucially, the instructions are electronically provided, reducing the degree of training required to operate them.
1980s – Computer technology enhances AED sensitivity, helping to save even more lives.
2000s – Workplace Health and Safety standards introduced around the world highlight workplace automated external defibrillators as essential.