Federal Member for Blaxland Jason Clare today announced that an additional eight new lifesaving defibrillators have been allocated to local Bankstown Football Clubs and the City of Canterbury Bankstown Council.
This brings the total to 16 lifesaving defibrillators that Mr Clare has funded for local sporting clubs.
The local football clubs that will benefit from this important project include:
- Birrong Sports FC (Jim Ring Reserve)
- Bankstown Sport Stars FC (Bankstown City Sports Complex)
- Bankstown Dragons FC (Middleton Park)
- Condell Park FC (Kinch Reserve)
- Woodville Wanderers FC (Thurina park)
- Spears Sports FC (Neville Reserve)
The remaining defibrillators will be allocated to the City of Canterbury Bankstown Council to allocate to two local community organisations.
Funding for these defibrillators comes from Jason Clare’s Stronger Communities Programme and Bankstown Council.
"This is lifesaving equipment. Every minute counts when someone has a heart attack. According to St John Ambulance the use of a defibrillator and CPR within 2 - 3 minutes of a sudden cardiac arrest increases the survival rate to 75 percent,” Mr Clare said.
Every year 33,000 Australians suffer from sudden cardiac arrest. It can happen to anyone regardless of their age or level of fitness.
In 2014 there were five deaths on football fields within Sydney.
Defibrillators are used to detect a patient’s heart rhythm and, if needed, automatically administer a shock to re-establish a normal rhythm. The defibrillators have been designed to be easy to use and the user is guided using visual and voice prompts.
In April this year Mr Clare announced the first eight defibrillators would go to:
- Bankstown Sports Strikers (The Crest)
- Bass Hill RSL (Walshaw Park)
- Greenacre Eagles (Allum Park)
- East Bankstown (Gosling Park)
- North Bankstown (Graf Park)
- Yagoona Lions (O'Neill Park)
- Bankstown Basketball Stadium (Condell Park)
- Western Districts Joggers and Harriers (Georges Hall)
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