Life saving defibs awarded to local clubs
The Wahgunyah Speedway and Rutherglen Field and Game sporting clubs will be better prepared to manage a medical emergency on and off the park after receiving a defibrillator and training package from the Andrews Labor Government.
Labor Upper House Member for Northern Victorian, Jaclyn Symes, announced that 27 northern Victoria sporting clubs have been successful applicants to receive the package from the latest round of the Labor Government’s Defibrillators for Sporting Clubs and Facilities Program.
The program has proven extremely popular across the state, with the original target of 1000 packages over-subscribed.
In response the Andrews Government has extended the program and will now deliver more than 1300 packages.
Ms Symes said in a life threatening sudden cardiac arrest every second counts, and bystanders play a vital role, because the chance of surviving a cardiac arrest decreases by 10 per cent every minute that passes without defibrillation.
“Labor is proud of our local sporting clubs in northern Victoria and their efforts to make their sports safe and enjoyable for all,” Ms Symes said.
“This program funded by the Andrews Labor Government helps our country clubs implement a sports medical plan, so they are prepared to act fast in an emergency.
“Clubs get to boost their first aid skills, improve planning for medical emergencies and ensure players and spectators suffering sudden cardiac arrest quickly get help until paramedics arrive.”
The Defibrillators for Sporting Clubs and Facilities Program ensures clubs and sports venues are on top of their game when it comes to helping players and spectators when they need it most.
Training on how to use the devices is provided by program partner St John Ambulance and as many as 20,000 Victorians will receive training in the use of a defibrillator and basic CPR.
The new devices also appear on Ambulance Victoria’s database, so that triple zero operators can direct callers to the nearest devices available when emergency strikes.
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