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Clubs can apply now for a heart starter

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December 08, 2017

LOCAL sporting clubs are being encouraged to apply for the fourth round of the Defibrillators for Sporting Clubs and Facilities Program.

LOCAL sporting clubs are being encouraged to apply for the fourth round of the Defibrillators for Sporting Clubs and Facilities Program.

Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp has called on grassroots sport and active recreation clubs across Northern Victoria to apply for a lifesaving defibrillator and volunteer training through the program.

“Access to a defibrillator, along with people trained in first aid and CPR, is crucial to saving lives,” Mr Gepp said.

The 2015-2016 Victorian state budget committed $2.7 million to provide 1000 defibrillators to Victorian sport and recreation clubs.

Nearly 900 defibrillators have now been allocated to more than 50 different sports clubs and facilities located across Victoria.

“In a life-threatening situation every second counts and people in Northern Victoria deserve the best chance at surviving a sudden cardiac arrest,” Mr Gepp said.

The program is a vital opportunity for club members to boost their first aid skills, improve planning for medical emergencies and ensure players or spectators suffering sudden cardiac arrest get help until paramedics arrive.

Mr Gepp said there was overwhelming demand in the first three rounds of the program, but the good news for sports clubs and community recreation organisations is that there are still more than 100 defibrillator packages to be allocated.

Applications are now open and will close on December 22. For more information or to apply visit www.sport.vic.gov.au

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