Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

Napier death underlines need for defibrillators

Napier death underlines need for defibrillators
September 19, 2016

The tragic death of a man who collapsed from a sudden cardiac arrest after a football game in Napier has once again underlined the need for AEDs (automated external defibrillators) in football clubs in New Zealand.

New Zealand Football launched the Smart Start - AEDs in Clubs Programme last week with the end goal being every club in New Zealand being equipped with an AED to prevent death from sudden cardiac arrest.

Jeff Partington, a 54-year-old who was playing for Hastings Hibernian Masters in the annual New Zealand Marist tournament, was another case of an avoidable tragedy. A doctor, Fire Service officers and paramedics attempted to resuscitate Partington, but were unsuccessful.

Dr Mark Fulcher, the Medical Director for New Zealand Football, said clubs around New Zealand could not afford to not have an AED in their clubrooms.

Dr Fulcher stated “this is such a tragedy and first and foremost our thoughts go out to his wife and three children in their time of loss.

“We all must learn from this and treat the threat of sudden cardiac arrest as a real priority. We know that AEDs save lives and the more clubs that have them the safer and better our football communities will be. I encourage all football clubs to get an AED and an action plan as soon as possible to avoid future tragedies like this one.”

NZ Football, with the support of ACC SportSmart and F-MARC, are pleased to launch the Smart Start – AEDs in Clubs Programme which includes comprehensive resources, educational and policy support.

Football is the largest participation sport in New Zealand and as a result cardiac arrests from the elite to the participant athletes are a significant threat.

The objective is to support all New Zealand football clubs and associations to have an AED unit and programme accessible to their club members, players and spectators, with the education and support to enable them to react should an event a rise.

The launch sees 60 fully funded Smart Start AED units to football clubs per year for 2016, 2017 and 2018. NZ Football Quality Club Mark (QCM) Clubs that meet and hold the current revised QCM standards, plus our National League Clubs qualify to receive a fully funded Smart Start AED Unit and Programme in 2016.

All other NZ Football affiliated clubs throughout New Zealand that currently do not meet the revised QCM criteria are able to purchase a discounted and subsidised AED unit through this initiative and programme.

New Zealand Football will provide all other football clubs the ability to access the discounted and subsidised Smart Start AED programme and units, with the support of FIFA’s AED supplier ZOLL International.

For more on the Smart Start - AEDs in Clubs Programme go to www.nzfootball.co.nz/aeds-in-clubs-programme

Lower image shows Dr Mark Fulcher presenting an AED to a representative of Auckland FC.

5th August 2016 - URBAN LIFESAVERS EVENT TO RAISE CARDIAC ARREST AWARENESS

7th March 2016 - MELINDA GAINSFORD-TAYLOR LAUNCHES DEFIBRILLATOR PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN GYMNASTICS AND THE RED CROSS

4th March 2016 - HEARTBEAT OF FOOTBALL CAMPAIGN BACKS DEFIBRILLATOR INSTALLATIONS IN PUBLIC PLACES AND SPORTS GROUNDS

26th August 2015 - SHOULD FITNESS CLUBS INSTALL DEFIBRILLATORS?


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

TJS Services

TJS Services is a leading national facility services provider. We deliver quality cleaning, maintenance, construction and facility management services to over 1,500 sites Australia wide.  Our…

read more

Hospitality / Retail / Venues

 
 

SKC Operations Pty Ltd (SKCorp)

SKC Operations Pty Ltd (SKCorp) is an expert retail and marketing services team specialising in sports, leisure, aquatics, fitness, health, wellness & recreation industry. Using proven…

read more

Aquatics / Consultants / Fitness / Marketing / Retail

 
 

COMMERCIAL AQUATICS AUSTRALIA

Commercial Aquatics Australia provides aquatic solutions nationwide and is one of the largest and most experienced companies specialising in the design, construction, renovation, service, maintenance…

read more

Aquatics / Design / Play / Waterparks

 
 

Pico Play

Pico is a global leader in Total Brand Activation. We specialise in engaging people, creating experiences and activating brands. Leveraging a track record in experience design that spans half a…

read more

Attractions / Consultants / Design / Recreation / Venues

 
 

Rae-Line

Sports Padding At Rae-Line we manufacture high quality sports padding, gym mats, foam mats and protective padding, suitable for a range of different facilities. Our sports padding is…

read more

Attractions / Fitness / Recreation / Safety / Sport

 
 

CERAMIC SOLUTIONS

Established in 1994, Ceramic Solutions has excelled at the supply and installation of swimming pool tiles and equipment for the pool and leisure industry, with a focus on the needs of end-users. …

read more

Aquatics / Design / Surfaces / Venues

 
 

AEROBIC MICROPHONES AUSTRALIA

Aerobic Microphones Australia provides audio products for the fitness industry. Products include the sweat resistant Cyclemic and Aeromic headworn microphones and pouchbelts that are made in…

read more

Fitness / Technology

 
 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business