Defibrillators in Men’s Sheds
Access to an AED gives you the best possible chance of survival in the event of a cardiac arrest. IS THERE ONE IN YOUR SHED?
The National Heart Foundation estimates around 15,000 people die unexpectedly in Australia from sudden cardiac death every year. Defibrillators can prevent or correct an arrhythmia, a heartbeat that is uneven or that is too slow or too fast and can restore the heart’s beating if the heart suddenly stops.
As men’s sheds are often standalone premises within the community and could be located a long distance away from a hospital or medical help, having immediate access to a defibrillator could improve the chances of someone surviving a heart attack. The Australian Government’s defibrillator initiative aims to ensure that every men’s shed in Australia has easy access to an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and the training to use it.
If your shed doesn’t have one, you can apply through the Australian Men’s Shed Association via their application form: https://mensshed.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/3.-National-Shed-Development-Programme-Defibrillators-Application-Form-FINAL.docx