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Local Sport Defibrillator Program gives life back to sporting clubs

Published 24th August, 2018 in Sport & Recreation

NSW sports clubs and councils are invited to apply for grants to assist in the purchase of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) at a reduced cost.

AED in use on dummy

With thousands of people attending sporting events around the state every week, having AEDs at sporting venues can help save lives.

An AED is a small, portable device designed to increase the chance of survival to someone experiencing a cardiac arrest, by delivering a controlled shock.

Local Sport Defibrillator Program grants are now available to fund up to 75 per cent of selected AED packages, which includes maintenance.

The program has been allocated $4 million by the NSW Government.

Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres said that in NSW, up to 7000 people will experience an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest this year.

“About a quarter of these incidents will occur outside the home, and publicly available defibrillation can increase the likelihood of survival by up to 75 per cent,” Mr Ayres said.

Sports clubs are encouraged to apply for the Local Sports Defibrillator Program before 14 September 2018.

Published 24th August, 2018 in Sport & Recreation
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