Grants for sporting clubs to purchase defibrillators
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien is encouraging local sporting clubs to apply for an automatic external defibrillator (AED) for their club or sports facility.
Mr O’Brien said the Defibrillators for Sporting Clubs and Facilities Program is now open and provides clubs with funding to purchase an automatic external defibrillator to help save the lives of players, officials and spectators.
“Clubs who are successful in acquiring a grant will receive an AED package that includes a high quality defibrillator, basic emergency resuscitation skills training and a minimum of six years of essential defibrillator maintenance,” Mr O’Brien said.
“A person’s chance of survival decreases 10 per cent every minute without defibrillation after they have suffered a cardiac arrest.”
Mr O’Brien said in a life-threatening situation every second counts and the people of Gippsland South deserve the best chance at surviving a sudden cardiac arrest.
“This is 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.”
Applications close on Friday 22 December 2017.
For more information or to apply visit www.sport.vic.gov.au/grants-and-funding/our-grants/defibrillators-sporting-clubs-and-facilities-program