The NSW government will co-fund 2500 AEDs over four years in Local Sport Defibrillator Grant Program

Life and death: Leslie Williams MP, urges local sport clubs to apply to state government for a grant to help fund an AED.
Life and death: Leslie Williams MP, urges local sport clubs to apply to state government for a grant to help fund an AED.

Local sports clubs are being urged to apply for co-funding for a defibrillator under the NSW government’s new Local Sport Defibrillator Grant Program.

More than 2500 Automatic External Defibrillators (AED’s) will be rolled out across the state over the next four years.

I encourage local sporting clubs to take this opportunity to apply for a grant to help fund an AED - which can be the difference between life and death.

The program will fund up to 50 per cent of the defibrillator cost, along with training and maintenance support.

More than 33,000 Australians experience cardiac arrest every year, and the first eight minutes are critical to improving the likelihood of survival. Early access to CPR and defibrillation can influence survival rates by up to 75 percent.

The scheme is targeting community sports clubs, but applications from licensed sporting clubs and sports organisations associated with schools, churches universities, and councils will also be considered.

Applications close 20 December 2017. For more information visit: sport.nsw.gov.au/clubs/grants

Have your say on palliative care in NSW

The NSW community is being asked to participate in a palliative care survey to ensure everyone receives the support and services they deserve at the end of life.

Recently the NSW state government released a consultation paper based on feedback from community roundtables held across NSW earlier this year.

Providing quality palliative care services to every resident of NSW is a key priority for the NSW government.

We are investing an extra $100 million over the next four years to provide more tailored, community-based palliative care services, on top of the approximately $210 million already spent each year.

We are listening carefully to the community’s views on where and how palliative care services can be improved so that we have a strong plan for the future.

The consultation paper and feedback from the survey will inform a new palliative and end-of- life care policy in NSW.

Getting the public’s feedback on palliative care priorities is vital if we are to produce better outcomes for everyone when the inevitable occurs.

The survey will only take about 10 minutes so I strongly urge everyone to take this opportunity to have their say.

The NSW Health Palliative Care Roundtables Consultation Paper and survey can be viewed at health.nsw.gov.au/palliativecare or for further information and a copy please contact my Electorate Office – 6584 0977.