Local sporting clubs are encouraged to apply for an automatic defibrillator to help save the lives of players, officials and spectators.
Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood said the Defibrillators for Sporting Clubs and Facilities Program was now open and provided clubs with funding to purchase an automatic external defibrillator (AED) for their club or sports facility.
“A person’s chance of survival decreases 10 per cent every minute without defibrillation after they’ve suffered a cardiac arrest,” Mr Blackwood said.
“A heart attack is a medical emergency and every minute counts. The sooner that an AED can be placed on the patient, the greater their chance of survival and recovery.
Mr Blackwood said clubs would be assessed on their location, the age of members and the sport played, and also the number of volunteers who will be trained to provide emergency care.
“Clubs who are successful in acquiring a grant will receive an AED package that includes a high quality defibrillator, basic training and a minimum of three years of essential maintenance.
“This program is a great opportunity for local sports clubs to boost their first aid skills, improve planning for medical emergencies and ensure players and spectators suffering sudden cardiac arrest get help until paramedics arrive.
“Of most benefit to this program will be clubs in some of the far-reaching areas of the electorate that are a considerable distance from hospitals and emergency services.”
For more information or to submit an application, clubs should visit www.sport.vic.gov.au/grants-and-programs/.