New life-saving defibrillators for Tasmanian communities 25 March

Jeremy Rockliff,Minister for Health

When a person suffers a cardiac arrest, every minute is crucial to ensure they have the best chance of survival.

The Tasmanian Liberal Government recognises that the availability of Automatic External Defibrillator’s is critical and can save lives. That’s why our Government continues to invest significantly in the Community Automatic External Defibrillator Fund so that local communities across Tasmanian have access to the life-saving device.

In 2021, we committed $500,000 to the Community Automatic External Defibrillator Fund to fund a further 180 defibrillators for distribution statewide over two financial years, over two funding rounds.

Today, following the first round of funding, community organisation Meals on Wheels have received two of these defibrillators, which will be stationed at premises at Brighton and Huonville, with a further four to be provided and located at Longford, Penguin, Devonport, and Wynyard. These defibrillators will be accessible to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

This follows the $500,000 delivered throughout 2018/19 that saw 180 defibrillators distributed throughout Tasmanian communities and organisations in areas such as Stanley, Mowbray, Flinders Island, and Bagdad.

Defibrillators are easy to use without any training and are audio-equipped to guide the user through the procedure.

The chance of survival following a cardiac arrest declines by up to 10 per cent every minute, which is why early access to a defibrillator is crucial.

Having defibrillators stationed at key sites across regional communities statewide will improve access to these potentially life-saving devices.

Under the Early Access to Defibrillation program, the many organisations and individuals that own automatic external defibrillators are strongly encouraged to register their defibrillators if they haven’t already.

If a cardiac arrest occurs, the owner of a nearby defibrillator can be alerted to bring the device to the patient and use it – potentially saving their life.

To join the Early Access to Defibrillation Program, you can register your AED online

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