A campaign to upgrade 60 defibrillators across Northern Health’s services with the help of the community has been launched by the Northern Health Foundation.
The foundation is striving to raise $450,000 between now and October to upgrade the defibrillators.
Northern Health cardiology director and divisional director of emergency services, Professor Bill van Gaal said the upgrades would ensure the best equipment was available to northern suburbs residents experiencing heart failure.
“Whilst early CPR is crucial in the event of a cardiac arrest, defibrillators are ultimately what is needed to restart your heart. It is important these are readily accessible and easy to use for our staff,” Professor van Gaal said.
“Help us help you – restart your heart.”
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Northern Health chief operating officer Jane Poxon said community members and local businesses could donate to the campaign.
“Great and ever improving health care is no accident. It also depends on the generosity of our wonderful donors,” she said. “It takes a community to create a great service.”