Waihi marae gets an AED lifesaver
The Waihi Community Marae is one of eight eight marae across the Hauraki-Coromandel District that have been given lifesaving automated external defibrillators by St John to reduce cardiac arrest fatalities among Ma¯ori.
The project has been made possible through grant funding from One Foundation.
St John ambulance officer and volunteer Jackie Thorne, who is spearheading the initiative, was inspired by St John’s National Marae Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest (OHCA) project which was launched in 2015, in response to data from its annual OHCA Registry.
It found that Ma¯ori have both the highest rates of cardiac arrest and the lowest survival rates compared with other ethnic groups.
Data from the newly released OHCA Registry 2017/18 shows that Ma¯ori continue to have a disproportionately higher incidence of cardiac arrest compared with other ethnicities.
“St John has gone to great lengths to install AEDs in marae around the country and deliver the ‘3 Steps for Life’ programme, which teaches people how to perform CPR and use AEDs. When you look at the map of AEDs in the North Island, you’ll notice that there aren’t many in this area.
“Seeing Ma¯ori are at high risk of cardiovascular problems, increasing accessibility to AEDs will give our locals the means to help save a life in the event of a crisis,” says Thorne.
“We wanted to partner with other services in the community to reach more Kiwis and achieve better health outcomes, so One Foundation stepped in to fund the AEDs. We are
installing them and teaching ‘3 Steps for Life’ and Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki has come on board to give free health checks at each marae.”
St John Right Care Advisor Hauora Ma¯ori, Michelle Brett, says the organisation is continuously striving to improve New Zealand’s cardiac arrest survival rate.
“Our studies show that outcomes from OHCA are dramatically improved when a patient receives early CPR and defibrillation. We know that the more by-standers who know how to do CPR and have access to an AED in the community, the greater the chances of patient survival.”
“Some marae are very rural and we know it can take some time for an ambulance to arrive, therefore it’s crucial that AEDs and CPR training is delivered in this area,” says Michelle.
St John has given the Paeahi Komiti Marae a lifesaving automated external defibrillator.
Learning to do CPR and deliver the ‘3 Steps for Life’ programme is something everyone should know.