3 October 2019

Mayoral Column

Each year, some 30,000 Australians will be unfortunate enough to experience a sudden cardiac arrest. Sudden cardiac arrest does not discriminate against gender or age. Less than five per cent survive, often because help cannot be reached in time. For the best chance of survival after a person suffers a cardiac arrest, it is vital to contact medical care, start CPR and defibrillate the patient as soon as possible.

The installation of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) at various locations in the Hawkesbury is of considerable community benefit to our community members and the many tourists who regularly visit our beautiful region.

The Macdonald Valley Association has recently installed their new defibrillator at St Albans Park. It is a great idea for community members to take some time to read the information and instruction booklet and view the instruction panel and get familiar with the location of the unit.

Congratulations to the Association and Dianne Chambers for this initiative. Council provided the $2000 grant for the defibrillator through Round 1 of the Community Sponsorship Program 2018/2019.

Council also has defibrillators at Council’s Administration Building and Hawkesbury Central Library at Windsor and the Hawkesbury Visitor Information Centre at Richmond (donated by Windsor Rotary).

The Heart Foundation recommends that people aged 45 to 74 years have a heart health check at least every two years, sooner if recommended by your doctor. For Indigenous Australians the recommended age is 30. For more information about heart health, visit the Heart Foundation www.heartfoundation.org.au

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