More life-saving defibs for sports clubs in Bentleigh

Bentleigh 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.

Member for Bentleigh, Nick Staikos 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.

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.

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.

Quotes attributable to the Member for Bentleigh, Nick Staikos

“Record numbers of people in Bentleigh are signing up to play the sports they love – so we want more of our clubs to have the right equipment and training in case an emergency strikes.”

“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 Bentleigh to apply now for this life-saving equipment and skills.”   

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