Have you checked your defibrillator?

A GP has been required to perform CPR twice in three weeks! Luckily both times the victims, players from the Northern Suburbs Football Association  (who both suffered Sudden Cardiac Arrests) were able to be revived with the administration of CPR and then with the use of a defibrillator.

In the first instance the team had forgotten to bring their defibrillator to the grounds. The victim was lucky that there was one at the oval. If this hadn’t been the case, the outcome may have been very different.

This is a timely reminder to us all that we need to check firstly whether your Club has a defibrillator, whether your Club needs an “away” defibrillator and whether your Clubs defibrillator has recently been checked.

The CEO of the Northern Suburbs Football Club knows all too well the importance of Clubs having defibrillators installed. In 2015 and 2016 they had lost a player and an umpire to SCA.

We now have 40 plus defibrillators across our grounds, clubs and teams. Three lives saved in the last 15 months with the use of a defibrillator absolutely critical to survival on each occasion.

“The machines, of course, are useless without the proper intervention of willing first responders and we are very thankful to all of the bystanders who have assisted in each of these incidents. It takes bravery and courage to jump in and act when a life is at stake so we are indebted to Dr John Galicek and all those who have offered their assistance in any of these incidents”.

For your athletes, volunteers, parents, supporters and coaches – don’t wait until it’s too late. Install a defibrillator in your sports club today.

Good Sam App Launched

Ambulance Victoria has just launched the smartphone app “GoodSAM”, following a successful four month pilot program. Over 1,000 Ambulance Victoria paramedics registered as GoodSAM first responders.

Now thousands more trained professionals are expected to register such as firefighters, lifesavers, doctors and nurses. The app sends an electronic call to these registered good Samaritans and alerts them when a person nearby is in sudden cardiac arrest and where the closest defibrillator is located.

Defib For Life are happy to support this initiative, as we believe that it does indeed take a community to save a life.

If you do own a defibrillator, make sure it is registered with Ambulance Victoria which will then link the information of the location to the GoodSam app.

15 year old saved by his quick thinking work colleagues

Every time we hear of a save the team at Defib for Life are over the moon with excitement because it means that a family member, or best mate, or a staff member at a workplace is still here, and now has the capacity to go on living their life because there was a defibrillator nearby.

In March 2017 a 15 year old teenager working at a McDonalds in outer Melbourne was saved by his quick thinking young colleagues after he suffered a Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

They knew where the AED was located, they opened it up and followed the instructions that the fully automatic external defibrillator gives you and they were able to save their friend.

This young man had an underlying heart condition, that like so many, goes undetected until that person has a Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

Many people aren’t aware that young, fit people can and do suffer a Sudden Cardiac Arrest. In this case the story had a great outcome and the young man is back enjoying life with his family and his mates.

Thank goodness the management in this business structure had the forthought to ensure that their work place was rescue ready in the case of an emergency. Is yours?

Be prepared for any emergency and be rescue ready. Contact Sue and had a chat to see how you can ensure your work place is rescue ready, she has some really helpful tips!


It’s always nice to hear some positive feedback and to hear that you have made a difference to someone’s life. Defib For life would like to thank the Blaxland Football Club for their kind words.

“I’d like to thank Sue and her team on the amazing work they do.  We received the government grant for 1/2 of the cost of a new AED however we had many questions.

Sue took the time to run through everything with us, we then placed our order with her and received it 2 days later.

I would have no hesitation in recommending Defib For Life to anyone considering an AED purchase.”

Steve Myhill
Blaxland Football Club

The NSW Government is offering a Local Sport Defibrillator Grant Program allocating $4 million over four years to assist sporting clubs across NSW in the purchase and maintenance of Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs). This Grant Program provides NSW sports clubs like Blaxland Football Club the opportunity to acquire an AED package for their club or sports facility at a reduced cost.

Contact us to find out when the next round opens in 2018 and how we can help you choose the right EAD for you.

Defibrillator donated to Boweya Fire Brigade

Defib For Life was pleased to be able to donate a defibrillator to the Boweya Fire Brigade recently after their unit was stolen.

Sue Buckman, director of Defib For Life realises the importance of having defibrillators in regional areas. Having this new defibrillator on site gives everyone in the community a better chance of survival.

The Boweya Fire Brigade have generously given Defib For Life a $1000 donation – thank you!

Penshurst footy player revived after cardiac arrest at training

A young Penshurst Football Club player has been saved with the use of a defibrillator after suffering a Sudden Cardiac Arrest at training last week. What makes it feel extra special for us is that the unit that was used in the rescue was supplied to the Club in 2012 by Defib For Life.

Penshurst president Brenden Cottrill said the use of the defibrillator and swift medical action “saved Luke’s life”.

Is your Club rescue ready?

Kerang Football Player saved by defibrillator

A Kerang football player has been successfully revived after being shocked twice with a defibrillator that was on hand at the Balranald Football Club. Patrick Featonby, a PE teacher at the local school, collapsed during the first quarter of the Central Murray Football League match.

Due to the quick thinking trainers, from both team sides, who had been trained on how to use the defibrillator, they were able to revive the 20 year old who is now recovering in a Melbourne hospital.

League chairman John Brookshaw said all Central Murray clubs have defibrillators following the death of a player eight years ago.

“Woorinen’s Nathan Cameron, 19, died in hospital after he collapsed on field in 2010.

The family started an initiative to have all clubs have defibrillators, and got sponsorship … the league put money into it and all our clubs now have defibrillators.

At the time we thought this is going to be an expensive option, however we actually have used them.”

Dylan Roberton St Kilda defender released from hospital

St Kilda defender Dylan Roberton has been released from the Geelong hospital after his sudden collapse during the AFL game against Geelong on Sunday.

He went through tests for an irregular heartbeat, a symptom of a potential sudden cardiac arrest. Dylan is one of the lucky ones – he was able to get up and walk away.

As a follow up story from last weeks, this is another timely warning that sudden cardiac arrest does not discriminate.

So many fit and healthy athletes have suffered a sudden cardiac arrest during times of physical activity and have not survived; most recently the 23 year old Belgium cyclist Michael Goolaerts who died mid-race during the Paris-Roubaix race.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest doesn’t discriminate. That’s why Defib For Life encourage everyone to have a conversation with your team at work, your team on the sports field, your team in the community to get defibrillators out there, registered and ready to assist in an emergency.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Athletes

The commonwealth Games have started and the elite athletes have gathered in the Gold Coast to show the world what they can achieve.
While some people think that athletes are elite human beings, they are at the same time just that—human beings. They can quickly suffer from Sudden Cardiac Arrest and other heart related issues as others.

In football, there was Marc-Viven Foe, the 28-year-old who was representing his native Cameroon when he slumped in the centre circle of the pitch during a match at the 2003 Confederations Cup. Basketball fans long remember the story of Hank Gathers, a prominent college player who had just scored on a dunk before he collapsed to the floor. There are many other names: the footballer Cheick Tiote, the NBA star Reggie Lewis, baseball pitcher Darryl Kile, figure skater Sergei Grinkov. Their stories are a reminder that cardiac risk affects everyone, even the physically healthy and athletically gifted.

Although rare, sudden cardiac death in athletes is important because of its impact within both the sporting community and the general community.

The widely held perception is that athletes represent examples of health and vitality, so the sudden cardiac death of an athlete can evoke strong emotions and disbelief.

The good news is that a Sudden Cardiac Arrest can be arrested with the immediate use of an Automatic External Defibrillator.

Click here to listen to Professor Christopher Semsarian an internationally renowned cardiologist and scientist studying genetic heart disease and sudden death, speaking about the prevention of Sudden Cardiac Arrest in athletes.

Happy Easter

Wishing everyone a very Happy Easter. The Defib For Life team hope everyone has a lovely Easter long weekend with family, friends and too much chocolate and hot cross buns.