Yanchep club installs defibrillator to help save lives

Yanchep Little Athletics Club committee members with the defibrillator. Picture: Toby Curtis
Yanchep Little Athletics Club committee members with the defibrillator. Picture: Toby Curtis

A SPORTS club has helped improve the survival odds for people suffering cardiac arrest in Yanchep by getting a defibrillator at installed at Splendid Park.

Yanchep Little Athletics Club applied for a heart grant through St John WA earlier this year, which was offered for $200 instead of the usual cost of $2000 thanks to Lotterywest funding.

“Yanchep Little Athletics Club decided to take advantage of the offer because our athletes train at high cardio intensity levels,” president Samantha Curtis said.

“If we were ever in a situation where either our athletes or even our adult parents or volunteers could use the assistance of a defibrillator, we wanted to feel reassured and comfort in knowing we had the best equipment available to potentially save a life.

“Also, knowing the increasing amount of sporting clubs using the Splendid Park facilities we knew we wouldn’t be the only ones benefiting from having this lifesaving device available within arms reach.”

The machine can be used to restore the heart’s normal rhythm when someone goes into cardiac arrest by calling 000 to get an access code to unlock it.

Visit stjohnwa.com.au for more information on the St John Heart Grant program, which is funded by Lotterywest.

UPDATE, September 25: St John is taking a second round of heart grant applications after receiving $1.3 million from Lotterywest that could fund more than 1000 defibrillators for sporting clubs, not-for-profit organisations and community groups.

“Having these defibrillators accessible to the public 24/7 increases the capacity for bystanders to save a life in the event of a cardiac arrest,” first responder manager Sally Simmonds said.

“From the first round of applications St John has already provided over 500 defibrillators across the State and are hoping to provide a further 500 more from this second round.

“With a cardiac arrest, every minute that goes by without help can reduce a person’s chance of survival by 10 per cent, therefore the placement of more publicly accessible defibrillators will save more lives.

“These devices, which deliver a therapeutic dose of electrical energy to a person’s heart when it has stopped pumping, are very easy to use even if you haven’t got any knowledge of first aid training.”

Applications can be made via www.stjohnheartgrant.com.au.