Automated external defibrillators have been installed in Woolworths stores throughout Wyndham as part of a priority roll-out program.

Wyndham group manager Mark Farrington said the defibrillators were designed to be used by anyone, with clear step-by-step voice instructions that can guide members of the public through the process.

“You never know when a sudden cardiac arrest might strike and in the unfortunate event that it does, having the local community able to access this treatment, could help to save lives,” Mr Farrington said.

“The best medical advice tells us that access to an AED early on can greatly increase the chance of survival.”

Jamie Vandenberg, of the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, said statistics showed sudden cardiac arrests are usually fatal if immediate action was not taken.

“It’s critical all Australians are equipped with the skills to act quickly in these circumstances; the first three to five minutes holds the key to survival,” Professor Vandenberg said.

“Access to a defibrillator can mean the difference between saving or losing a life.

The defibrillator installed in Wyndham stores were supplied by Winc, in partnership with Integrity Health and Safety.