Northern Victoria sporting clubs will be better prepared to manage a medical emergency on and off the park after receiving a defibrillator and training package from the Andrews Labor Government.

Labor Upper House Member for Northern Victorian, Jaclyn Symes, today announced that 27 Northern Victoria sporting clubs have been successful applicants to receive the package from the latest round of the Labor 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 1300 packages.

Ms Symes said 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.

“Labor is proud of our local sporting clubs in Northern Victoria and their efforts to make their sports safe and enjoyable for all,” Ms Symes said.

“This program funded by the Andrews Labor Government helps our country clubs implement a sports medical plan, so they are prepared to act fast in an emergency.

“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.”

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

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.

Please find below successful sporting clubs 

1st Kilmore Scout Group KILMORE
3rd Wodonga Scout Group WODONGA
Alexandra & District Speedway ALEXANDRA
Benalla Indoor Recreation Centre BENALLA
Bright Tennis Club BRIGHT
Buxton Progress Association BUXTON
Eastern Lions Kart Club HILLDENE
Euroa Croquet Club EUROA
Goughs Bay Boat Sport & Recreational Club GOUGH’S BAY
Imperials Junior Football Club WANGARATTA
Kings Park Recreation Reserve SEYMOUR
Mansfield and District Basketball Association MANSFIELD
Mansfield Swimming Club MANSFIELD
Mansfield Tennis Association MANSFIELD
Mitchell Baseball Association BROADFORD
Rutherglen Field and Game RUTHERGLEN
Seymour Motorcycle Club SEYMOUR
St Pats Netball Club – Kilmore KILMORE
Sunnyside Tennis Club WODONGA
Wahgunyah Speedway WAHGUNYAH
Wandin Park Riding Club WANDIN NORTH
Wodonga Little Athletics Centre WODONGA
Wodonga Squash and Racquetball Association WODONGA
Wongungarra Alpine Ski Club HOTHAM HEIGHTS
Yarra Glen Bowling Club YARRA GLEN
Yea Water Tigers Amateur Swimming Club YEA
YMCA Community Programing (Mansfield Swimming Pool) MANSFIELD