Western Victorian 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.
Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today advised clubs applications are open for them to secure one of the life-saving devices. The Andrews Labor Government is rolling out 1000 defibrillators to community clubs.
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 equipped to use the life-saving device.
Successful clubs will be required to implement a sports medical plan, so that they are prepared to act fast in an emergency. The new devices will appear on an Ambulance Victoria database, so that triple zero operators can direct callers to an additional 1000 devices available when emergency strikes within the community.
For more information or to apply online visit www.sport.vic.gov.au
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP
“Nobody should die playing the sport that they love. We are listening to the experts, who tell us early intervention is crucial to survival.”
“More than a dozen Victorians suffer cardiac arrest every day. Our investment will save lives.”
“When cardiac arrest strikes on the sports field, there isn’t a second to spare. Early intervention can be the difference between life and death, and we’re giving clubs the chance to act fast.”
“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.”