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PM Malcolm Turnbull meets rail worker Kulwinder Singh at Central Station in Sydney.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull took to facebook after meeting Sydney Trains worker Kulwinder Singh, who saved the life of passenger Michael Williams at Central Station in 2011. Apparently, the meeting has taught the prime minister the value of fully monitored defibrillators, just in time for #Shoctober, Australia's national defibrillator awareness month. In all, 26 lives have been saved on Sydney Trains after an extended rollout of fully monitored Automated External Defibrillator systems to platforms and trains since 2009.

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Help beat cardiac arrest

The thought of having a sudden cardiac arrest away from medical help is a frightening one. Sudden cardiac arrest is when the heart suddenly stops beating. A problem with the heart’s inbuilt electrical system leads to an abnormal heart rhythm — most commonly ‘ventricular fibrillation’ or ‘V-fib’. This is a medical emergency that needs to be treated right away.

This article by journalist Glenn Morrison appeared in the recent BUPA corporate subscriber newsletter, Wellness.

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2GB Interview

2GBAlan Jones, host of the Alan Jones Breakfast Show on 2GB Radio spoke to Chris Quirk and Michael Williams today To raise awarenss of 'Shoctober'…
Chris Quirk is cardiologist and Michael Williams owes his life to two state rail employees and a public defibrillator. Listen to the interview on the 2GB website now!

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In memoriam of Dr Jeff Wassertheil


Dr Jeff Wassertheil, founding director of the Cardiac Arrest Survival Foundation.

In Australia sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a leading cause of death. Yet the precise number of people who die from SCA is not known, the nearest estimates ranging from 23,000 to 33,000 deaths per year. Prompt defibrillation increases the probability that people have of surviving a cardiac arrest away from a hospital. However, owing to ambulance response times, especially in built-up metropolitan areas, by the time that emergency defibrillation arrives it may be too late to save the victim as for every minute lost the chance of survival diminishes so that after ten minutes, in all probability, the SCA victim will die. Consequently, having a wide distribution of AEDs (automated external defibrillators) available for employees at workplaces and the public in general is essential to saving lives.

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“Shoctober” Cardiac survival launch

Media Alert
Thursday 24 October, 2013

“Shoctober” Cardiac survival launch

Brookvale Oval this morning from 7.15am

Media are invited to attend the launch of “Shoctober” at Brookvale Oval this morning, an initiative of the Cardiac Arrest Survival Foundation (CASF), who are seeking to make October defibrillator survival month.
Over 80 St Augustine’s students aged from 12 to 14 years will join celebrities including rugby legend Nick Farr-Jones and Layne Beachley, along with the Hon Bronwyn Bishop MP and the Mayor for Warringah, Michael Regan, from 7am in a mass simulation of defibrillators use on the oval.

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National Recognition of “Shoctober”

Media Release

Thursday 24 October 2013 – for immediate release

Rugby legends to call for national recognition
of “Cardiac Arrest Survival Month”

Rugby Union legends Bob Dwyer and Nick Farr-Jones will this afternoon call for formal recognition of the month of October as “Cardiac Arrest Survival Month,” a dedicated annual fixture on the national calendar to lift awareness of the risk of cardiac arrest and the need for a greater roll-out of defibrillators to save lives.
The call will be made at the formal launch of “Shoctober” this afternoon at the Intercontinental Hotel, which will be attended by federal political leaders, supportive celebrities and health and emergency services professionals. The Cardiac Arrest Survival Foundation is organising Shoctober.
Former Wallabies Coach Bob Dwyer survived cardiac arrest thanks to a defibrillator and will tell his survival story at the launch.
“Following my recovery from cardiac arrest and subsequent procedures, I was struck by the parallels between my rugby coaching philosophy and the medical procedure that, literally, saved my life,” Mr Dwyer said.
“With rugby, I identified accurate procedures — we call it technique — and we practiced them, perfectly, until they became part of our DNA. In Nick Farr-Jones' words, ‘We practiced them, until our noses bled’. “Our accurate lines of support, at all times, were an essential part of those practices. Then, lo and behold, in the 78th minute of our quarterfinal match against Ireland in 1991, Michael Lynagh’s perfect positional play gave him the winning try. This was maximum pressure — a rugby ‘life and death’ moment.
“And so it was with my arrest. Accurate procedures, practiced at all times, came to the fore in a genuine life and death moment. This was not luck. This was ‘perfect practice’, executed under maximum pressure, which, as it always will, gave the perfect result.
“We cannot rely on luck. We must be ready when the occasion demands.”
The Commissioner of the NSW St Johns Ambulance will also be honoured at the event, in recognition of an extraordinary 15,000 volunteer hours saving lives and a lifetime contributing to the cause of cardiac arrest survival. He will have a defibrillator placed in a community of his choosing in perpetuity, to recognise his contribution.

Media are welcome to attend the formal launch of “Shoctober”
When: 5:30pm — 6:30pm, Thursday 24 October
Where: Quay Room, Hotel Intercontinental, Sydney
Media comment: Dr Don Dingsdag (Chair, Cardiac Arrest Survival Foundation) 0410 598 982
Media enquiries: Phil Davey 0414 867 188

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In Memoriam

Dr Jeff Wassertheil

Dr Jeff Wassertheil founding
director of the Cardiac Arrest
Survival Foundation

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