Ap­ply for life-sav­ing ser­vice

Benalla Ensign - - News -

Sport and re­cre­ation clubs in Be­nalla could re­ceive free life-sav­ing de­fib­ril­la­tors as part of a state gov­ern­ment ini­tia­tive.

Ap­pli­ca­tions are open for the fourth round of the De­fib­ril­la­tors for Sport­ing Clubs and Fa­cil­i­ties Pro­gram and State Mem­ber for North­ern Vic­to­ria Jaclyn Symes is en­cour­ag­ing lo­cal clubs to ap­ply.

The 2015-16 State Bud­get com­mit­ted $2.7 mil­lion to pro­vide 1000 de­fib­ril­la­tors to sport and re­cre­ation clubs.

The De­fib­ril­la­tors for Sport­ing Clubs and Fa­cil­i­ties Pro­gram aims to equip clubs with an au­to­mated ex­ter­nal de­fib­ril­la­tor, and also pro­vide es­sen­tial train­ing, so peo­ple are ready to act and save lives.

De­fib­ril­la­tors are a vi­tal link in the chain of sur­vival, and along with CPR give car­diac ar­rest vic­tims on and off the sport­ing arena a bet­ter chance at sur­vival.

The pro­gram is a great op­por­tu­nity for club mem­bers to boost their first-aid skills, im­prove planning for med­i­cal emer­gen­cies and en­sure play­ers and spec­ta­tors suf­fer­ing sud­den car­diac ar­rest get help un­til paramedics ar­rive.

Ms Symes said there was over­whelm­ing de­mand in the first three rounds of the pro­gram, but the good news for sports clubs and com­mu­nity re­cre­ation or­gan­i­sa­tions was there were still more than 100 de­fib­ril­la­tor pack­ages to be al­lo­cated.

‘‘The re­sponse in North­ern Vic­to­ria has been fan­tas­tic to this An­drews La­bor Gov­ern­ment ini­tia­tive and I am cer­tainly en­cour­ag­ing clubs that haven’t ap­plied to do so,’’ Ms Symes said.

‘‘Ac­cess to a de­fib­ril­la­tor, along with peo­ple trained in first aid and CPR, is cru­cial to sav­ing lives.

‘‘In a life-threat­en­ing sit­u­a­tion ev­ery sec­ond counts and peo­ple in North­ern Vic­to­ria de­serve the best chance at sur­viv­ing a sud­den car­diac ar­rest.

‘‘I urge all coun­try sport and re­cre­ation clubs to con­sider ap­ply­ing for a de­fib­ril­la­tor through this fan­tas­tic pro­gram, and if they re­ceive one they should regis­ter with Am­bu­lance Vic­to­ria to en­sure the de­fib­ril­la­tor is cor­rectly in­stalled and rel­e­vant peo­ple are trained to use it.’’

Ap­pli­ca­tions close on De­cem­ber 22.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to ap­ply for the De­fib­ril­la­tors for Sport­ing Clubs and Fa­cil­i­ties Pro­gram, visit www.sport.vic.gov.au

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