This Saturday 29th September is World Heart Day. It’s all about looking after your heart!

This is a global campaign during which individuals, families, communities and governments around the world participate in activities to take charge of their heart health and that of others.

Does your community have anything planned to raise awareness of heart health?

Do you have any ideas of how you can raise awareness of heart health in your community and circle of friends and family?

Why not promise to cook and eat more healthily, to do more exercise and encourage your children to be more active, to say no to smoking or help your loved ones to stop.

Another way is to check if your local community has access to a life saving defibrillator and if not ask why not.

Immediate access to a defibrillator is the only way to survive a Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

At Defib For Life, our mission is to get defibrillators installed in every sporting club, sporting complex, health club, community facility, school, corporate office, government building, and industrial facility.

With over 33,000 people experiencing an out-of-hospital Sudden Cardiac Arrest every year in Australia, of all ages and fitness levels, we believe defibrillators are essential to Australia’s heart health!

Advocating for legislative change

At Defib For Life, we continue our advocacy work within community, local, state and federal governments to ensure that sooner rather than later legislative change will occur and ultimately there will be lifesaving defibrillators in every sporting club, school, workplace and public venue across Australia!

We recently sent letters to all State Parliamentarians requesting a meeting to discuss how Defib For Life would be ready to get to work with them to keep making a difference.

Defib For Life works within our communities every day to continue to advocate, educate and distribute these life saving defibrillators, to make our communities safe places to live….but we need the support of our members of parliament to create that change in legislation.

Do you know who your local member of parliament is? If so, write to them, call them up and send them an email. Its going to take many voices, so pick up the phone and join in the conversation to create change.

We have had some encouraging response from some ministers and we look forward to more. With the conversations we have had booked, we will keep you in the loop and let you know how we go.

Let us know how you went when you contacted your local Member of Parliament, we would love to hear from you.

Stay tuned!

Falls Creek Ski Patrol were rescue ready

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

During the recent Kangaroo Hoppet, an international cross-country ski race held at Falls Creek, a participant suffered a cardiac arrest. This occurred in a remote environment and approximately 5 kilometres from Falls Creek ski resort on the Bogong High Plains.

Early CPR was commenced by another competitor who skied upon the unconscious casualty.  Falls Creek ski patrol responded to the subsequent call out quickly and applied the Cardiac Science G3 A.E.D. The patient regained consciousness and responsiveness.  This occurred within 9 minutes of the initial distress call going out and prior to the arrival of the doctor and paramedics. According to the Falls Creek Ski Patrol team, the early administration of the AED was critical to the successful resuscitation and recovery of the patient.

Falls Creek’s Ski Patrol are the first people on the slopes each morning and the last off the hill at the end of the day. It’s their job to monitor mountain safety and ensure everyone’s alpine experience is as safe as possible.

All Falls Creek Ski Patrollers are trained professionals and are qualified to deal with any emergency that may arise. In this case, their training and the early application of the defibrillator ensured the survival of this skier.

Look out for Falls Creek’s Ski Patrollers in their distinctive red and white jackets as you make your way around the ski fields. They are never far away, and neither is the skiing community’s access to a defibrillator.

Is your community rescue ready?

Did you know modern CPR is only 58 years old?

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) was invented in 1960 and soon went global. It is still the primary first aid method for resuscitation. At Defib For Life we want every Australian to know how to do CPR and use an AED in a health emergency.

Cardiac arrest can occur without warning. It is triggered by an electrical malfunction in the heart that causes an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia). This malfunction can stop the heart from pumping blood around the body.

Performing CPR is extremely important in this situation by enabling blood to continue pumping to vital organs, such as the brain, before an ambulance arrives.

The chain of survival

The chain of survival is just a serious of steps (forming a virtual “chain”) which give the best chance of survival from a sudden (SCA). If all the steps of the chain are followed promptly, then the victim has the best chance of surviving the cardiac arrest.

Early recognition and call for help

Early contact should be made to the emergency services after a cardiac arrest is recognised.

Early CPR

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) should be commenced immediately after a cardiac arrest has occurred (ie, the patient has stopped breathing). Anyone can perform CPR, and ideally there should be no interruption in CPR before the ambulance arrives.

Early defibrillation followed by Advanced Life Support

A defibrillator is an electrical device which delivers a shock to the heart in an attempt to correct any abnormal electrical activity which has caused the cardiac arrest.

The good news is Sudden Cardiac Arrest can be arrested and the best chance of survival is to follow the chain of survival.



Community Sport Infrastructure Grant Program now open

The Community Sport Infrastructure Grant Program will support projects of small to medium scale, particularly focusing on improvements to existing sport infrastructure. This will support greater community participation in sport and physical activity and/or offer safer and more inclusive community sporting hubs.

Defib For Life are all about building safer communities. Our mission is to save lives by giving every victim of sudden cardiac arrest access to immediate life saving defibrillation. If your sporting ground does not have an Automatic External Defibrillator installed, now is the time to apply for the grant and help make your community a safer place to be.

  • Grant opens 2nd August 2018
  • Grant closes 14 September 2018
  • Announcement period 1 November 2018 onward
  • Expected completion date 30 June 2019

Does your community have access to life saving defibrillators?

Bendigo Bank are huge supporters of their local communities, providing funding to local groups and organisations from the profits it makes.

Why not approach your local Bendigo Bank to request funding for defibrillators and help make your community a safer place to be?

In 2011 Defib For Life was chosen as the Laverton, Altona Community Banks (Bendigo Bank) first major project, resulting in over 100 defibrillators being handed out to facilities across Altona, Laverton and Point Cook. As a result, defibrillators are now located at local schools, community groups, sporting grounds, railway stations, swimming pools and service stations in the area.

The Laverton, Altona Community Banks branches – Bendigo Bank, together with Point Cook Business Centre will be hosting further forums to identify areas of need in the communities. They are forward-thinking and are committed to staying focused on the needs of their community. Call Anne Randall on 0430 430 824 for more information.

Defib For Life has a mission to ensure as many people as possible in public places throughout communities have access to a defibrillator.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest can happen to anyone at any time. It doesn’t discriminate.

It is now more important than ever to respond to the demand in the communities to supply more units nationally to sporting clubs, sporting complexes, health clubs, community facilities, schools, corporate offices, government buildings, and industrial facilities.

Does your community need access to life saving defibrillators?

Don’t wait ‘til it’s too late.

Gambling Community Benefit Fund

At Defib For Life we like to keep you up to date with what Grants are available in each State.

The Queensland Government is currently offering a Gambling Community Benefit Fund which allocates grants to not-for-profit community groups, to enhance their capacity to provide services, leisure activities and opportunities for Queensland communities.

Round 98 is open and will close at 11.59pm on 31st August 2018.

This is a perfect opportunity for those community groups out there who have wanted to install a defibrillator but haven’t had the funds in the past.

Now is your opportunity!

All eligible organisations can submit grant applications to the Gambling Community Benefit Fund through the GCBF online grants portal.

Why Choose Defib For Life?

The second round of the NSW Local Sport Defibrillator Grant Program is now open. As an approved NSW Government AED Service Provider, Defib For Life wants to ensure your club is a safer place to be. Giving everyone a chance to survive is what it’s about. At the moment only those who collapse where a defibrillator is nearby stand a chance at survival.

So which unit is right for your Club?

Defib For life have done the research for you and provided you with a choice of the two best defibrillators on the market, designed to give you the best chance of success during an emergency.

Defib For Life also provide expert face-to-face training and education from Sports Medicine Australia to help clubs feel confident using the equipment as well as online training video with unlimited access.

Not all AED units are the same and not all packages are the same – so make sure if you are comparing, it’s “Defibrillators with Defibrillators”.

Don’t wait till it’s too late; let us know if we can help. Apply for the NSW Local Sport Defibrillator Grant Program before applications close on Friday 14 September 2018.

Where does your heart lie?

Hearts will be pumping on Monday evening with the Grand Final of the “Worlds Game” between Croatia and France.

Croatia will take on France in the World Cup final – their first ever appearance after beating England 2-1 in extra time in Moscow.

Where does your heart lie?

Grand Final events such as this sure get your heart pumping, and Defib For Life are here to keep your heart pumping!

Did you know that if not treated in minutes, sudden cardiac arrest usually causes death? It’s a topic we don’t want to talk about – but we should because it can happen at any time. The good news is Sudden Cardiac Arrest can be arrested and the best chance of survival following an arrest is with the urgent use of a defibrillator.

Automatic External Defibrillators like the ones you can purchase in our online store are small computerised devices that analyse your heart rhythms to provide a shock automatically. They only activate when necessary, eliminating the risk of a user error. They can be used anywhere by anyone to administer a life-saving shock with audio and visual prompts to guide first responders through the necessary steps.

The only thing that restarts the heart is a shock from a defibrillator.

You have a passion for your team, and we have a passion to help save lives by giving every victim of Sudden Cardiac Arrest access to immediate lifesaving defibrillation.

All aboard the Defib Bus

Defib For Life love to hear stories of local operators who want to make their communities and workplaces safer places to be.

Owner and driver of Hazelwood coaches Mark Bruetron has recently purchased an Automatic External Defibrillator for his coach. Even though his passengers range from the elderly through to school children, he knows that Sudden Cardiac Arrest doesn’t discriminate; it can strike at any time and at any age.

“I do cart a lot of senior citizens around for general charters and day tours, but also with school groups going to sporting events too. It’s not just adults that can have a cardiac arrest, children can too,” Mr Brueton said.

Don’t wait ‘til it’s too late, install a defibrillator in your workplace, community space, sporting club or school today.