CLUBS ENCOURAGED TO APPLY FOR DEFIBS

Northern Victoria 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.

Labor Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, today announced that applications for the third round of the $2.7 million Defibrillators for Sporting Clubs and Facilities Program are now open.

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

That means there are just over 400 defibrillators and training packages still up for grabs, so there’s no time to waste.

Under the first round of applications many country areas didn’t apply for funding and Ms Symes is keen to see defibrillators rolled out in Northern Victoria.

Ms Symes is encouraging clubs in Alpine, Benalla, Campaspe, Gannawarra, Greater Shepparton, Indigo, Mansfield, Mildura, Mitchell, Moira, Mount Alexander, Murrindindi, Strathbogie, Swan Hill, Towong, Wangaratta, Whittlesea, Wodonga, Yarra Ranges and Yarriambiack council areas to apply for the program.

Defibrillators at local sports clubs keep players safe and spectators protected, but they’re also a vital tool for the community.

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.

“Participation in sport continues to grow in Northern Victoria – so we want more of our clubs to have the right equipment and training in case an emergency strikes,” Ms Symes said.

“Quick and easy access to a defibrillator, along with people trained in first aid and CPR is crucial to saving lives.

“I urge all sports club in Northern Victoria to apply now for this life-saving equipment and skills.”

Sporting clubs who already have a defibrillator are encouraged to register them with Ambulance Victoria. For more information or to apply online visit www.sport.vic.gov.au.