Saturday, November 18, 2017

Grants Open for Life Saving Defibrillators

Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock is urging local sports clubs to apply for co-funding for a defibrillator under the NSW Government’s new Local Sport Defibrillator Grant Program.

Mrs Hancock said more than 2,500 Automatic External Defibrillators (AED’s) will be rolled out across the state over the next four years.

“We encourage local sporting clubs to take this opportunity to apply for a grant to help fund an AED – which can be the difference between life and death,” Mrs Hancock said.

“An AED is a small, portable device designed to deliver a controlled electrical shock to a person experiencing a cardiac arrest. They can be used by a trained non-medical person, and are equipped with visual or verbal instructions to guide the operator.

“The program will fund up to 50 per cent of the defibrillator cost, along with training and maintenance support.

“This will expand the number of people in the community with training, skills and awareness related to the use of AEDs and first aid in general. It will also broaden community access to an AED,” she said.

Local clubs are encourage to apply for the opportunity to make sporting fields safer for thousands of players and spectators. More than 33,000 Australians experience cardiac arrest every year, and the first eight minutes are critical to improving the likelihood of survival.

“Early access to CPR and defibrillation can influence survival rates by up to 75 percent.

“Having a defibrillator on hand buys important time for someone going in to sudden cardiac arrest, with each minute critical to minimising the extent of permanent damage to the brain and the body,”

The scheme is targeting community sports clubs, but applications from licensed sporting clubs and sports organisations associated with schools, churches universities, and councils will also be considered.

Applications close 20 December 2017. For more information visit: sport.nsw.gov.au/clubs/grants

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