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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