Since 2015, the program has rolled out over 1100 defibrillators to sport and recreation clubs - one hundred more than the Victorian Government’s initial commitment because we know they save lives.
In March this year, a recreational cyclist was successfully revived using the Otway Districts Football Netball Club’s defibrillator - delivered thanks to this life-saving program.
In a life-threatening sudden cardiac arrest – every second counts, and bystanders play a vital role. The chance of surviving a cardiac arrest decreases by 10 per cent every minute that passes without defibrillation.
This new round will provide more opportunity for clubs to get hold of defibrillators so that they are on top of their game when it comes to helping players and spectators, or even a passer-by when they need it most.
The use of public defibrillators for cardiac arrests has soared four-fold from 2.8 per cent in 2006/07 to 11 per cent in 2015/16.
Along with sporting clubs, community organisations delivering active recreation programs are encouraged to apply, and those clubs who already have a defibrillator are urged to register them with Ambulance Victoria.
Clubs with a defibrillator that is over eight years old should also consider applying to the program as replacement of an ageing defibrillator with a new unit will deliver greater reliability and reduced maintenance costs.