Defibrillators to be installed outside Joondalup facilities

The City of Joondalup will work with St John Ambulance WA to install defibrillators at City-managed facilities.
The City of Joondalup will work with St John Ambulance WA to install defibrillators at City-managed facilities.

HEART safety in the City of Joondalup could soon reach a new level with the council last week supporting the provision of defibrillators on the outside of its community facilities.

The City will now prepare a report in consultation with St John Ambulance WA as to which facilities would be most appropriate to install the automatic external defibrillators, such as those with “significant levels of public and organised activity”.

These include, but are not limited to, Chichester Park in Woodvale, Heathridge Park, Iluka District Open Space, Kingsley Park, MacDonald Park in Padbury, Percy Doyle Reserve in Duncraig, Penistone Park in Greenwood, Seacrest Park in Sorrento and Warwick Open Space.

An automatic external defibrillator is a portable battery-operated electronic device that when connected to a patient automatically diagnoses the issue and applies treatment.

They are designed to be simple to use and their use is taught in many first aid classes.

It is proposed the defibrillators would be installed on the external facade of the building in a secure locked cabinet.

In an emergency, 000 communication officers will provide the pin code for the lockbox and explain to the caller how to use the defibrillator.

The first report into the possibility, costs and benefits of providing the defibrillators was requested by Cr John Logan in March.

He said heart disease was the nation’s biggest killer with more than 400,000 Australians suffering a hear attack in their lifetime.

“Defibrillators can and do save lives,” he said.

“One life saved will more than offset the costs.”

The City manages and maintains 40 buildings for community purposes, including 33 community facilities, four libraries, two leisure centres and one civic building.

According to a council document, the City has installed and maintained automatic external defibrillators in “key high-traffic facilities” such as the Craigie and Duncraig leisure centres, Heathridge and Currambine community centres, the Joondalup Administration Building and Joondalup Library.

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There are also user groups who have obtain permission from the City to install their own defibrillator and those groups are responsible for all maintenance and costs.

St John Ambulance also has a register of all publicly accessible automatic external defibrillators across the City, of which there are 84.

However, “very few” can be accessed 24 hours a day with most located in offices or buildings that have limited opening hours.

The council document said it would cost the City about $91,900 for the eight-year life cycle of the defibrillator if it were to install and maintain them in all City-managed facilities.

However, it said research had shown a targeted approach to the placement of the defibrillators was “more effective than a mass coverage approach”.

The document said this would not be just focused on community facilities but the City as a whole with units installed “in areas of maximum benefit”.

Cr Logan requested the report with St John Ambulance WA be submitted to the council by March so the City could consider installation in next year’s budget.

At the meeting, Crs Russell Poliwka and Christopher May flagged that Warrandyte Park in Craigie should also be considered for installation, and Cr Nige Jones requested the City also consider facilities where seniors took part in fitness classes.

Cr John Chester also raised concerns with the possibility of vandalism and suggested the City could install a sign indicating it was a life saving device, which “might discourage some vandals”.

The council document noted the two recently installed club-owned defibrillators outside Chichester Park Clubrooms and Timberlane Park Hall in Woodvale had been subject to vandalism and theft since the start of October.

However, when consulting with other local governments who have undertaken similar defibrillator initiatives, the feedback was they “have not generally been subject to vandalism, theft or graffiti other than isolated incidents”.

Mayor Albert Jacob also reiterated the defibrillators would be stored in a locked box and users would have to call for access.

“I think it is unlikely they will be misused or stolen,” he said.

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Bethanie secures grants for defibrillators

AGED care provider Bethanie has qualified for a grant to provide publicly accessible defibrillators at some of its WA facilities.

The grants from Lotterywest and St John Ambulance WA offered 1000 defibrillators to not-for-profit community groups and sporting clubs to be installed on the exterior of buildings.

For Bethanie, this will include units installed at its Yanchep, Warwick, Gwelup, Innaloo, Joondanna, Menora Hamilton Hill, Eaton and South Bunbury retirement villages, and South Perth, Kwinana and Port Kennedy living well centres.

Bethanie also qualified for a grant to enable staff to attend first aid training, which qualifies them to operate the defibrillators in case of emergency.

The organisation thanked Beachside (Yanchep) resident David Bird for alerting them to the St John Heart Grants and villages north manager Maryke Boshoff for securing the grants.

Bethanie Beachside resident David Bird and village manager Diane Argent with the on-site defibrillator.