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Friday, 10 November 2017


Bendigo sports clubs have another chance to apply for a new defibrillator and help save the lives of players, volunteers or spectators who suffer a sudden cardiac arrest. 

State Members for Bendigo, Maree Edwards MP and Jacinta Allan MP, today announced that applications for the fourth round of the $2.7 million Defibrillators for Sporting Clubs and Facilities Program are now open.  

Ms Edwards made the announcement whilst visiting the Eaglehawk Cricket Club who were recently successful in their application for a defibrillator.

The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with the roll out of 1,000 life-saving defibrillators to clubs and facilities across Victoria.  

Our roll out has been a huge success – delivering almost 900 defibrillators to clubs. That means there are still over 100 defibrillators and training packages still up for grabs. 

In a life threatening sudden cardiac arrest – every second counts, and bystanders play a critical role.

Without a defibrillator close by, the survival rate for sudden cardiac arrest is somewhere between two and five per cent.     

When a defibrillator is used within the first few minutes, the rate of survival can rise to 70 per cent.   

The great news is that more bystanders than ever are stepping in to save lives. 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.     

The new devices will appear on Ambulance Victoria’s database, so that triple zero operators will be able to direct callers to the new devices available when emergency strikes. 

The fourth round opens on Friday 10 November and closes Friday 22 December 2017. For more information or how to apply online visit  

Quote attributable to Ms Edwards    

“Record numbers of people in Bendigo are signing up to play the sports they love – so we want more of our clubs to have the right equipment and training in case an emergency strikes.”

Quote attributable to Ms Allan

“I urge all sports clubs in Bendigo to apply now for this life-saving equipment and skills.”   

Quote attributable to St John Ambulance Victoria CEO Gordon Botwright   

“We believe defibrillators should be a standard piece of medical equipment at all sporting clubs to protect the players, volunteers and supporters. We understand that clubs struggle to raise the funds to purchase a defibrillator which is why programs such as this are vital for the community.” 

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