Tatura’s new 24-hour AED for Restart-a-Heart Day

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Performing CPR on a dummy.
Tatura’s new 24-hour public AED (automated external defibrillator) will be officially handed over as part of the Heart Safe Community project led by the Heart Foundation and Ambulance Victoria to coincide with local Restart a Heart Day activities.

Gandel Philanthropy, a major supporter of the Heart Safe Community project in Tatura,will be delivering the town’s newest defibrillator to its new home in Stuart Mock Place.

Heart Foundation CEO in Victoria, Kellie-Ann Jolly thanked Gandel Philanthropy for its generous gift of a new AED to the Tatura community on Restart-a-Heart Day.

“As a valued supporter of the Heart Safe Community project led by the Heart Foundation and Ambulance Victoria in Tatura, this generous gift has the potential to save many lives,” Ms Jolly said.

“Through our Heart Safe Community pilot project in Tatura, we’ve seen a four-fold increase in confidence to perform CPR and a seven-fold increase in understanding how to use an AED from participants who attended our community sessions.

“With more than three out of four cardiac arrests happening in the home, it’s often up to family, friends or neighbours to take action. That’s why it’s vital for everyone to learn how to recognise a cardiac arrest and know what to do.

“Last year, people who had a bystander step in and take some simple lifesaving steps had nearly double the survival rate – and this significantly increases if a public defibrillator was used.”

Ms Jolly added that the Heart Foundation has been encouraging the Victorian government to expand the roll-out of 1000 more registered AEDs across the state to priority areas and high-exposure locations.

“Cardiac arrests happen anytime, and anywhere so that’s why we see value extending the benefits of the ‘Defibrillators for Sporting Clubs and Facilities program beyond the sporting field,” Ms Jolly said.

Learn more about our Heart Safe Community project