Victorian grassroots sports clubs can now apply for a life-saving defibrillator, so that players, spectators and parents can step in during an emergency until paramedics arrive.
Minister for Sport John Eren today joined respected sports doctor Peter Larkins at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre to announce applications are open for clubs to secure one of the life-saving devices. The Andrews Labor Government is rolling out 1000 defibrillators to community clubs.
When cardiac arrest strikes, there isn’t a second to spare. A person’s chance of survival decreases 10 per cent every minute without defibrillation. The Labor Government is ensuring players and spectators get the help they need – when they need it.
Clubs will be assessed on location, the age of members and the sport played, but also the number of volunteers who will be trained to provide emergency care. The Labor Government’s investment means thousands more Victorians will be qualified to use the life-saving device.
Successful clubs will be required to implement a sports medical plan, so they are prepared to act fast in an emergency. The new devices will appear on Ambulance Victoria’s database, so that triple zero operators will be able to direct callers to an additional 1000 devices available when emergency strikes within the community.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Sport, John Eren
“When cardiac arrest strikes on the sports field, there isn’t a second spare. Early intervention can be the difference between life and death, and we’re giving clubs the chance to act fast.”
“Our investment will mean clubs have the equipment and volunteers have the knowledge to save lives. We’re ensuring thousands more Victorians are able to assist in an emergency.”
“Immediate CPR, easy access to equipment and a clear emergency plan is the key to making sure an emergency on the field doesn’t cost a player or supporter their life.”
Reviewed 10 February 2021