The Member for Melton, Mr Don Nardella MLA has welcomed an Andrews Labor Government commitment to provide 1000 defibrillators to Victorian sporting clubs and facilities to improve survival rates for people who enter cardiac arrest.
Sporting clubs in Melton & Moorabool will be able to apply for a government funded defibrillator thanks to this life saving investment.
During a cardiac arrest, the chance of survival decreases by 10 per cent for every minute without defibrillation. Labor’s plan will make sure a defibrillator is near, so action can be taken sooner.
Calling 000 for an ambulance and early use of defibrillators, combined with CPR, are the key steps to survival. These machines have been responsible for saving thousands of lives across the country. More can be done.
Labor’s $2.7 million plan will see 1000 defibrillators provided to sporting clubs across Melbourne and Victoria.
Mr Nardella said:
“When cardiac arrest strikes, every minute counts. In an emergency, the first thing to do is call 000 – but defibrillators are the best way to keep people alive until an ambulance arrives. Sporting clubs are the lifeblood of our community, but these clubs simply don’t have the money to afford these lifesaving devices – that’s where Labor will step in.”
- Each year over 5000 Victorians go into sudden cardiac arrest while not in a hospital – that’s 14 people every day. Around 20 per cent of these happen in a public place.
- Most deaths involving cardiac arrest occur before a person reaches hospital.
- Defibrillators can work on people of all ages, and provides voice prompts and instructions for operators on how it should be used and advice on when to perform CPR.
- Public Access Defibrillators are already in place at a number of locations across Victoria, including the MCG, National Gallery of Victoria, Sovereign Hill, Melbourne Airport and Melbourne Zoo.
- The placement of defibrillators in accessible public places is supported by The Heart Foundation, St John Ambulance Australia, Australian Resuscitation Council and Defib for Life and Sports Medicine Australia.
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