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.

Good businesses invest for the future

As the End of Financial Year looms there are many ways businesses can use unallocated finances on an investment for the future.

Defib For Life encourage all businesses to purchase and install a life saving leading Automatic External Defibrillator’s (AED) on the market to not only protect your staff, but support your surrounding community.

This investment will not only save a life, but is a fully tax deductible expense that can be spent and recouped almost immediately.

Who is the decision maker in your business that can start making enquiries about purchasing an AED ensuring the safety and wellbeing of your work place? If it’s you, great! Or if you need to pass this vital information on, please do so.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest does not discriminate, but you can make the investment in an AED and ensure your work place is rescue ready.

If you don’t have an AED within your work place contact the team at Defib For Life today on 1300 880 309 we are only too happy to help.

Don’t wait ‘til it’s too late, install a defibrillator now.

Australia’s Future – Make it Local!

This was the theme of the recent National General Assembly of Local Government where Sue Buckman attended as an exhibitor as a representative of Defib For life.

Sue had many beneficial face to face conversations with local Councillors, mayors, general managers and CEO’s representing councils from across Australia.

The theme “make it local” rings true with Defib For Life whose mission is 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.

Sue has been busy at the National General Assembly advocating for relevant legislative change so defibrillators are legally required within these locations.

You too can help out if you like, by writing to your local council and/or elected members and ask them if they are going to invest a small amount of money to make your local community rescue ready!

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!