Vicsport has announced a partnership with AED Authority Australia, as the defibrillator supplier will give better access to automated external defibrillators (AEDs) for Victorian sports clubs.
The improved availability of AEDs can help sports clubs be on the front foot when it comes to developing and executing emergency response plans that save lives of participants.
Vicsport’s extensive network from over 30 years of service, including 16,000 clubs and associations and over 3.9 million participants, are those who make a significant contribution to the social, physical, mental and economic wellbeing of the Victorian community.
An AED offers a portable, easy-to-use device that delivers controlled shock to an individual showing symptoms of a cardiac arrest – when the heart stops beating.
It is something that can occur to anyone, anywhere and any time, so clubs must be alert especially if it happens on the field.
Every year in Australia, around 33,000 people experience a cardiac arrest out of hospital, but as few as 5% of these people are able to survive.
A privately owned health and safety company, AED Authority aims to improve Australia sudden cardiac arrest survival rate. They help customers distinguish fact from fiction when considering an AED program, demonstrating how simple a defibrillator can be to save a life. An early use of defibrillator leads to a 70% survival rate.
Managing Director of AED Authority, Paul Klein:
“We’re excited to partner with Vicsport. AEDs are valuable protection for athletes in all fields and their communities.”
“Even healthy seemingly, low-risk youth can have underlying heart conditions that are triggered by strenuous activities. Making an AED part of every club’s emergency response plan can save lives.”
Vicsport CEO Lisa Hasker:
“Vicsport is looking forward to working with AED Authority in order to provide safe environments for all sporting clubs in Victoria.”
AED Authority knows that the purchase of a defibrillator can be confusing, based on years of experience with AED sales and management programs. This new partnership can take all the question marks out of the equation, by assisting clubs with all aspects behind a successful AED program: from site assessment and device selection, to monitoring and maintenance in conjunction with special Vicsport member packages.