Monday, 27 March 2017

Gippsland sports clubs have another chance to apply for a new defibrillator and help save the lives of players, volunteers or spectators who suffer a sudden cardiac arrest.

Harriet Shing, Member for Eastern Victoria Region today announced that applications for the third round of the $2.7 million Defibrillators for Sporting Clubs and Facilities Program are now open.

The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with the roll out of 1,000 life-saving defibrillators to clubs and facilities across the state.

Our defibrillator roll out has been a huge success – already delivering nearly 600 defibrillators to clubs across the state.

That means there are just over 400 defibrillators and training packages still up for grabs, so there’s no time to waste.

Defibrillators at local sports clubs keep players safe and spectators protected, but they’re also a vital tool for the community.

The use of public defibrillators for cardiac arrests has soared four-fold from 2.8 per cent in 2006/07 to 11 per cent in 2015/16.

Sporting clubs who already have a defibrillator are encouraged to register them with Ambulance Victoria. For more information or to apply online visit

Quotes attributable to the Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Harriet Shing:

Record numbers of people in Gippsland are signing up to play the sports they love – so we want more of our clubs to have the right equipment and training in case an emergency strikes.”

“Quick and easy access to a defibrillator, along with people trained in first aid and CPR is crucial to saving lives.”

“I urge all sports club in Gippsland to apply now for this life-saving equipment and skills.”