Red Cross, a global leader in First Aid training, has launched a new initiative offering all sporting associations access to a subsidised defibrillator package.
Under Project Defib, clubs will receive an industry leading defibrillator which analyses the heart rhythm and will automatically detect whether the victim requires a shock to re-establish a normal heart rhythm.
“To have a defibrillator on hand is like having an insurance policy – the best thing that can happen is that you never use it,” Red Cross General Manager Training Services, Chris Casey said.
“These are extremely safe and easy to use as the user is guided using visual and voice prompts.”
“Access to a defibrillator is vital and should form part of a sporting clubs duty of care to protect the players as well as spectators, coaching staff and volunteers,” Sporting icon and former Olympian Melinda Gainsford-Taylor said.
Sudden cardiac arrest does not discriminate.
It occurs unexpectedly and often during times of physical activity making sporting clubs a key target group for defibrillators.
Through Project Defib sporting clubs across Australia will be able to invest in the health, safety and wellbeing of players and members and also the general public.
“As a mother, former Olympian, sports commentator and coach I urge clubs from all sporting codes to get on board with Project Defib to help prevent the loss of lives at sporting clubs due to sudden cardiac arrest,” Melinda said.
For more information please call 1300 769 930 or visit www.projectdefib.com.au