Every year, 23,000 Australians suffer a cardiac arrest. Bystander intervention within the first ten minutes of a sudden cardiac arrest can save a life. Heart Support Australia was thrilled to join a host of associates from the health industry on International Restart a Heart Day. Heart Support Australia CEO Amy Squires and Board Director Dominic Lane attended the launch on Tuesday 16 of October on the lawns at Parliament House in Canberra. The launch was hosted by the Council of Ambulance Authorities in conjunction with the ACT Ambulance Service and the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
Heart Support Australia supported the event along with ACT Fire and Rescue, the ACT State Emergency Service, ACT Policing and Paramedicine Students from the Australian Catholic University.
The event was officially launched at 11.30am. Among the speakers were Prime Minister Scott Morrison and 22 year old cardiac arrest survivor, Tarran Savage. Heart Support Australia has extended an invite to Tarran to share is inspiring story with our members.
The day long event included demonstrations led by the ACT Ambulance Service on how to perform CPR and use and AED.
“The biggest take home message from today was to encourage people not to be afraid to perform CPR,” said Heart Support Australia CEO Amy Squires.
“It has been found that performing CPR for any length of time is better than performing no CPR at all. Heart Support Australia will continue to promote the importance of the three steps…Call, Push and Shock in an effort to raise awareness of the value of learning CPR. By increasing awareness we hope to see an increase in survival rates for those who suffer a sudden cardiac arrest, “she said.