Life sav­ing de­fibs awarded to lo­cal clubs

The Free Press (Corowa) - - CLASSIES (03) CLASSIES -

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.

Cristy Jacka (B Grade run­ner up) and Jane McInnes (A Grade run­ner up).

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