Funding available for sports club defibrillators

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Adam Crouch, with a life saving defibrillator

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch is encouraging sport and recreation facilities to apply for a share of $1M from the NSW Government’s Local Sport Defibrillator Program.

Crouch said the program would help to ensure local facilities could invest in life-saving equipment.

“Without a defibrillator, it is very hard for first responders to get a person’s heart beating again,” he said.

“Having a defibrillator on hand when a medical incident, like a cardiac arrest, occurs can quite literally be the difference between life and death.

“Up to $1M in funding can now be accessed by sport clubs, recreational associations and local councils.

“I’m encouraging our local clubs and organisations to take advantage of the funding on offer through this life-saving program.”

Acting Minister for Sport, Geoff Lee, said up to 7,000 people in NSW experience an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest each year.

“Medical experts say the first eight minutes following a cardiac arrest are critical and that early access to CPR and a defibrillator is essential to increasing a patient’s likelihood of survival,” he said.

Applications will be accepted until Monday, April 12.

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Media release, Feb 15
Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Adam Crouch