Learn CPR and save a life

Tuesday, 03 June 2014
Minister for Human Services Senator the Hon Marise Payne has urged Australians to become familiar with the fundamentals of first aid, including CPR.
 
Minister Payne was speaking at the Resus At The Park conference, held by the Australian Resuscitation Council at Luna Park Conference Centre, Sydney.
 
“Learning CPR is critical – for all of us, and particularly for the parents of young children,” Minister Payne said.
 
“It’s critical for water safety – with 291 people drowning in Australia between 1 July 2012 and 30 June 2013, according to the Royal Life Saving Society Australia’s 2013 National Drowning Report – and it’s also critical for safety generally.
 
“According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 47,000 Australians aged between 40 and 90 years suffered a heart attack in 2009. That’s about one heart attack every 10 minutes.
 
“Without intervention – without resuscitation – the outcomes for Australians who suffer sudden cardiac arrest are very poor. The short and simple message then is this… ‘Performing CPR helps save lives’.”
 
Minister Payne congratulated the New South Wales Branch of the Australian Resuscitation Council for hosting the conference, which was attended by both domestic and international resuscitation and emergency cardiac care experts.
 
“Many of the organisations here have been involved in helping or encouraging people – and in particular the parents of young children – to become familiar with the fundamentals of first aid. You have taken the initiative,” Minister Payne said.
 
“Similarly, the Australian Government is taking the initiative to get the Australian public to do something about another health and wellbeing issue of fundamental importance to this nation – the growing levels of overweight and obesity.”
 
The Australian Government is investing $100 million in its Sporting Schools initiative through the Budget to support and encourage more primary school aged kids to take part in sport-based physical activity.