emergency on and off the park after receiving a defibrillator and training package from the Andrews Labor Government.

Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards MP today announced that several local community and sporting groups were some of 222 successful applicants across the state to receive the packagefrom the latest round of the government’s Defibrillators for Sporting Clubs and Facilities Program.

The program has proven extremely popular across the state, with the original target of 1000 packages over-subscribed.

In response the Andrews Government has extend the program and will now deliver more than 1100 packages.

In a life threatening sudden cardiac arrest every second counts, and bystanders play a vital role because the chance of surviving a cardiac arrest decreases by 10 per cent every minute that passes without defibrillation.

The Defibrillators for Sporting Clubs and Facilities Program ensures clubs and sports venues in central Victoria are on top of their game when it comes to helping players and spectators when they need it most.

Clubs get to boost their first aid skills, improve planning for medical emergencies and ensure players and spectators suffering sudden cardiac arrest quickly get help until paramedics arrive.

Training on how to use the devices is provided by program partner St John Ambulance and as many as 20,000 Victorians will receive training in the use of a defibrillator and basic CPR.

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

Organisations successful in this round of grants are:

Castlemaine Pistol Club
Castlemaine Rifle Club
Bill Woodfull Recreation Reserve Committee of Management
Maldon Petanque Club
Welshman’s Reef Water Sports Club
Bendigo Stadium

Posted by:Maree Edwards MP