HUNTER sporting clubs may win on-site defibrillators under a $4 million package winning applause from paramedics.
Sports Minister Stuart Ayres announced the money this week, potentially allowing not-for-profit clubs, councils and associations to seek a 50 per cent co-funding from later this year, effectively halving the cost of bringing the life-saving devices into their organisations.
It is expected to deliver about 2500 automated external defibrillators, or AEDs.
Ambulance NSW Commissioner Dominic Morgan said paramedics knew directly the funding “will save lives in our community.”
He said immediate CPR and defibrillation offered anyone in cardiac arrest their best chance at survival.
“These devices are simple, safe, and there for anybody to use,” he said.
“If you can make a cup of tea, you can use an Automated External Defibrillator.”
NSW Ambulance attends about 7000 out-of-hospital heart attacks each year, with many at sportsgrounds.
Guidelines and a funding application process will be revealed following next week’s state budget, with the first round to begin in October.