Public Access Defibrillation

Sudden Cardiac Arrest is one of the leading causes of death in Australia. However it is treatable. In most cases the key to survival is prompt defibrillation, which is most effective when carried out within three minutes of a Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

St John Ambulance aim to get this technology to the Australian public who need it, and in time to make a difference through Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) programs. PAD programs make early defibrillation available - they are easy to use, even for users with minimal training.

Lives can be saved by placing Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) in locations where large numbers of Australians gather.

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The key is to be quick

Defibrillation is most effective when carried out within three minutes of a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA); its effectiveness diminishes by 10 percent for every minute that passes before defibrillation. Response times for most ambulances in Australia are well outside the critical few minutes in which the victim’s life can be saved. Good CPR helps to prolong the time during which effective defibrillation can be achieved.

Defibrillation compliments the Chain of Survival of SCA

The Chain of Survival is described as:

  • Early access
  • Early Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
  • Early defibrillation
  • Early advanced life support

These are essential components or links in the Chain of Survival, they are a series of actions designed to reduce the mortality associated with SCA. Since 1992, the Chain of Survival has been widely promoted and has become the underlying concept for the treatment of out-of-hospital SCA in many Emergency Medical Services.

Implement an AED in your organisation/community

We invite you to contact St John Ambulance Australia 1300 360 455 if you have any questions or would like a Risk Assessment attended, and help save lives in your community or workplace.

The PAD model is very easy to implement and enables organisations, businesses and community groups to provide the help that victims of SCA need to survive.

The model is based on three key areas:

  1. First Aid Training (specific to cardiac arrest)
  2. Direct links to the Emergency Medical Services
  3. Ongoing clinical and training support from St John Ambulance Australia

View frequently asked questions.

Check out the St John Resuscitate First Aid app to view public access defibrillator sites on your phone.

Shop online for a home or work defibrillator for home or work, or call 1300 360 455.