Andrews Labor government getting on with the job of making Victoria safer

The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with the job of equipping Sports Clubs with life-saving defibrillators.

The Member for Melton, Don Nardella MLA announced the Bacchus Marsh Basketball Association was one of 100 clubs across the state receiving the life-saving device.

Minister for Sport, John Eren said:

We promised 1000 life-saving defibrillators at grassroots sports clubs and we’re getting on with it. These devices will save lives.”

In an emergency, it’s important to stay calm, call emergency services, initiate immediate CPR and follow a clear emergency plan to avoid a tragedy.

Mr Nardella said:

When cardiac arrest strikes, there’s not a second to spare.

Early intervention greatly increases the likelihood of survival during cardiac arrest. Having a defibrillator means players, parents and spectators can step in and take action until paramedics arrive.

The Labor Government promised to install life-saving defibrillators at 1000 grassroots clubs across Victoria, and we’re getting on with it. More than a dozen Victorians suffer cardiac arrest every day, so we know this investment will save lives.

Defibrillators at local sports clubs keep players safe and spectators protected, but they’re also a vital tool for the community. Each device will be registered with Ambulance Victoria’s database, giving triple zero operators a handy guide of where to find one when an emergency strikes nearby.

Sports clubs that already have defibrillators are encouraged to ensure their devices are registered with Ambulance Victoria.

A person’s chance of survival during cardiac arrest decreases by 10 per cent with every minute that passes. There simply isn’t a second spare.