MEMBER for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp is encouraging sport and active recreation clubs across the Northern Victoria region to apply for a lifesaving defibrillator and volunteer training through the program.
Mr Gepp said access to a defibrillator, along with people trained in first aid and CPR, was crucial to saving lives.
“In a life threatening situation every second counts and people in northern Victoria deserve the best chance at surviving a sudden cardiac arrest,” Mr Gepp said.
The program is being seen as a great opportunity for club members to boost their first aid skills, improve planning for medical emergencies and ensure players or spectators suffering sudden cardiac arrest get help until paramedics arrive.
Mr Gepp said there were still more than 100 defibrillator packages to be allocated.
“I urge all sport and recreation clubs in our region to apply for a defibrillator through this fantastic initiative and if they receive one they should register with Ambulance Victoria to ensure the defibrillator is correctly installed and relevant people trained to use it,” Mr Gepp said.
Applications close on December 22. For more information or to apply go to sport.vic.gov.au
St John Ambulance Victoria chief executive Gordon Botwright said “we believe defibs should be a standard piece of medical equipment.’’
“We understand clubs struggle to raise the necessary funds which is why programs such as this are vital for the community,” he said.