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Australian Hearts

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Australian Hearts – Working together so everyone gets a second chance at life

Across the country, 41 Australians die from a sudden cardiac arrest every single day.

This is 41 families each day losing a loved one – it could be a mother, father, grandparent, daughter or son. 41 hearts, 41 tragedies every single day.

And most of these deaths are completely preventable. If only an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) was in reach.

That’s why the Australian Hearts campaign is calling on the community, business and government to work together.

We want to see an Australia where, if a friend or workmate has a heart attack, you’ll be able to find an AED within 3 minutes. We know if it can be done that fast, your friend has a real chance of making a full recovery.

Improved access to AEDs isn’t just a good idea. It will ensure everyone gets a second chance at life.

Show some heart, sign the petition to demand AEDs be mandatory in every workplace.

We are all in this together, so let’s send a message to our decision-makers to mandate the use of AEDs in Australian workplaces, because we need to see AEDs within 3 minutes of 90 percent of Australians.

With 41 tragedies every day in Australia, let’s all help drive the change.

What is Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating. If this happens, blood stops flowing to the brain and other vital organs. SCA usually causes death if it’s not treated within minutes. In fact, the chances of survival from SCA reduces by 10 percent every minute a person goes untreated – so it is vitally important treatment occurs as quickly as possible and victim s are not left waiting for an ambulance or other emergency services.

What is an AED?

An Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) is a portable device that checks a person’s heart rhythm and sends an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm. AEDs are used to treat SCA and will only send a shock when one is required.  An AED will not shock someone who has a normal heart rhythm.

Importantly, AEDs are simple and easy to use by members of the public, with all the necessary instructions read out by the device.

How you can make a difference

You can send a message to our political leaders and decision-makers to act to make AEDs mandatory in the workplace.

The current WHS Codes of Practice do not adequately support the object of the model WHS Act.

The Act states that its aim, among other things, is to “protect the health and safety of workers and other people by eliminating or minimising risks arising from work or workplaces” and to assist “businesses and workers to achieve a healthier and safer working environment.”

But without AEDs in the Codes of Practice, this objective is not met.

That’s why it needs to change.

We need AEDs mandated to save lives and achieve healthier and safer working environments for all Australians.

15,000 Australians suffer SCA every year. We can’t have Australian workers running this gauntlet any longer.

That’s what separates Australian Hearts from these other campaigns — it’s nationwide. Everyone, from government bodies and teachers to construction workers and yoga instructors, all working together to provide a second chance at life for their fellow Australian.

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