Monday, 20 November 2017

Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes is encouraging Pittwater’s sporting clubs to apply for defibrillator funding assistance under the NSW Government’s new Local Sport Defibrillator Grant Program.

Up to 2,500 Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) will be rolled out across the state over the next four years under the $4 million program.

An AED is a portable, battery-operated device designed to deliver a controlled electrical shock to a person experiencing cardiac arrest.

More than 33,000 Australians experience cardiac arrest every year and early access to CPR and defibrillation within the first eight minutes are critical and can influence survival rates by up to 75 percent.

The program will fund up to 50 percent of the defibrillator cost, along with training and maintenance support.

“Portable defibrillators are easy to use and can save lives in cases of sudden cardiac arrest,” Rob Stokes said today.

“This fantastic technology has been proven on beaches, sporting fields and in shopping centres – so I’m delighted the NSW Government is providing financial support to help equip more local sporting organisations with this device and the required training.

“The more defibrillators we have in our community, the greater the chance we can assist someone with life-saving intervention,” Rob Stokes said.

The scheme is targeting community sports clubs, however applications from licensed sporting clubs and sports organisations associated with schools, churches, universities and councils will also be considered.

Applications close 20 December 2017. For more information visit:  sport.nsw.gov.au/clubs/grants