This blog post may save a life – where’s the defib?

At the 2014 City2Surf running event there was the unfortunate death of a young man who suffered a cardiac arrest. This led to a call for greater presence of defibrillators. Centennial Parklands is already in the fortunate position to have six defibrillators available – but do you know where they are?

Defibs save lives. That is a fact. If you visit the Parklands often or play sport here, we urge you to read on.


Picture this scene

You see a person clutch their chest, lose all colour in their face, and suddenly fall to the ground, unconscious while displaying no signs of life. The signs mimic that of someone suffering from a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). You know CPR, but where’s the closest defibrillator?

Reducing the time it takes to locate an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is key. If an AED is applied to a sudden cardiac arrest victim within the first minute of collapse, their chance of survival is 90%. For every minute that passes, their chance of survival drops 10%, leaving a 10 minute ‘window of opportunity’.

Being a great place for sport, recreation and leisure, with a wide range of people visiting, we are very aware of the risk that someone at sometime may need help.


Look for either of these symbols - both are in use in Centennial Parklands

Where are the defibrillators in Centennial Parklands

We have a number of mobile defibrillators, as well as stationary defibrillators at “higher risk” venues. We have defibrillators:

  • on board each of our three Parklands Ranger vehicles
  • at the Managers Office at the Centennial Parklands Equestrian Centre
  • at the Golf Shop at Moore Park Golf
  • at the main administration building at E.S. Marks Athletics Field

If you visit, train or play at any of these venues, please make yourself familiar with the location of your nearest defibrillator.

You may not need it, but someone near you may.


How does a defibrillator work?

Defibrillation works by delivering an electrical current through the heart muscle via the defibrillation pads. All electrical activity in the heart is temporarily ceased in the hope that when it returns it will be in a rhythm compatible with an effective pumping motion.

Survival rates are highest when defibrillation is delivered within the first few minutes of the time of collapse. Through greater defibrillator availability and knowledge of location, survival rates of SCA victims will improve.

The defibrillators at Centennial Parklands are very easy to use, with an automated voice talking you quickly and clearly through how to use it.