Every year around 34,000 Australians and New Zealanders suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, with only a one-in-ten survival rate. This year’s ‘Restart a Heart Day’ campaign on 16 October will again aim to raise awareness and educate the community about CPR and AEDs in the community. 

For every minute that a patient is in cardiac arrest and is not receiving CPR or an AED shock, their chance of survival drops by 10 per cent, and after 10 minutes without intervention the damage is nearly irreversible. The large majority (80%) of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen in the home.

“The Council of Ambulance Authorities (CAA) has been running the campaign since 2017 and together with our ambulance member services we have educated over 50,000 members of the public in CPR and AED use,” according to David Waters, CAA Chief Executive.

“This year our target is even higher and eventually we would love to grow the ‘Restart a Heart Day’ campaign to the point that every member of the public knows what to do if somebody has a cardiac arrest, knows how to perform CPR and is able to use a defibrillator (AED),” he added.

‘Restart a Heart Day’ – to be live-streamed on social media – is an international initiative of the European Resuscitation Council, co-ordinated in Australia and New Zealand by the Council of Ambulance Authorities.

*The Council of Ambulance Authorities – the industry body for statutory ambulance services in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea – collaborates on ambulance and pre-hospital issues of metropolitan, regional, national and international significance.