Action can help save a life
The Heart Foundation’s Dr Lyn Davies said a Heart Safe Community was empowered with the skills and knowledge needed to feel confident to act if a cardiac arrest was witnessed.
She said the new public AED for Tatura was a step in the right direction to rolling out many more Heart Safe Communities across Victoria.
‘‘The Heart Foundation is very proud of the relationships we have with Ambulance Victoria and very grateful for the support from Gandel Philanthropy which has made this whole initiative happen in Tatura,’’ she said.
‘‘We really encourage people to have a go at conducting CPR if they find someone in cardiac arrest. If a bystander steps in and starts doing CPR straight away the chance of survival doubles . . . it is possible to restart a heart.’’
Offering knowledge: Heart Foundation’s Dr Lyn Davies, Ambulance Victoria’s Tatura manager Ben Johansen and Gandel Philanthropy’s Australian programs grant manager Alexandra White with the new AED in Tatura.
On the job: (Above and right) Ambulance community officers Tenayah Cranston and Lynette Phillips demonstrate how to correctly provide CPR in Tatura.