Mandurah suburbs in need of public defibrillators

Three Mandurah suburbs have been identified as in need of public defibrillators. Photo: Supplied.
Three Mandurah suburbs have been identified as in need of public defibrillators. Photo: Supplied.

St John WA is calling on the communities of Erskine, Halls Head and Dudley Park to turn their streets into "Defib Drives" as part of the organisation's statewide push to install more public defibrillators.

The Mandurah-based suburbs were recognised as three of 100 around the state in need of the easily-accessible emergency kits.

The Defib Drive campaign is a collaborative community project launched this week giving people the opportunity to help put more defibrillators in local communities.

Locations range from as far north as Kununurra to as far south as Albany.

These defibrillators are easy to use and a triple-zero (000) operator can direct a caller to the nearest unit available.

More than 33,000 Australians die from cardiac arrest each year making it one of the leading causes of death in the country.

The single biggest factor in improving survival rates is the time taken to administer early CPR and defibrillation.

Every minute that passes without access to a defibrillator reduces the survival rate of a cardiac arrest by 10 per cent.

St John WA medical director Paul Bailey called on the community to throw its support behind the campaign.

"A cardiac arrest can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender or health status," he said.

"Last year, St John WA recorded a 53 per cent increase in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survival rates with 172 survivors, compared with 113 the previous year.

"This unprecedented increase in survival rates is largely due to better access to defibrillation.

"We have identified these 100 locations as having the greatest need for a defibrillator as we believe every West Australian deserves to live on Defib Drive.

"You can give a potentially lifesaving gift this Christmas and help communities across WA become more resilient."

People can have a look whether they live on Defib Drive and donate by visiting stjohndefibdrive.com.au

Money donated will go towards providing each of the 100 locations with its own defibrillator.