The Aldinga Arts EcoVillage (AAEV), in Port Rd Aldinga, recently acquired an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). An AED is a small, portable device that can help save the life of a person who has suffered sudden cardiac arrest. The equipment purchase was made possible thanks to a community grant from City of Onkaparinga. Several other organisations also received community grants for AEDs this year, so these life saving devices are gradually becoming more readily available in the area.

AAEV residents held a pancake sale to help fundraise for the AED. The event was very well supported and contributed more than $750 towards the total, with thanks to local businesses, Lot 8 and Fleurieu Roast. More than 40 residents also attended training sessions to learn CPR and become familiar with using an AED. Whilst the devices are very simple to use, requiring users to follow voice instructions, training can help people become more confident.

Approximately 23,000 Australians suffer sudden cardiac arrest each year but only 1 in 10 survive. “Early intervention may increase the chance of survival by up to 50%”. Restart A Heart Day is a global initiative to raise awareness and educate the community about CPR and AEDs in the community. On 16 October, numerous training events occur around Australia, so take the opportunity to participate if you come across one. SA Ambulance Service also offers free, 30-minute CPR and AED training sessions for up to 20 people.

If your organisation (workplace, sports club, social group) is interested in hosting an event, please visit: http://www.saambulance.com.au/NewsPublications/CPR30trainingsessions