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MEDIA RELEASE: Building community resilience on Restart a Heart Day
  12 Oct 2021

Nine out of ten people do not survive an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.

St John NT is working to improve this terrifying statistic by participating in Restart a Heart Day, a global initiative designed to improving public awareness of the importance of knowing CPR and how to use an automatic external defibrillator.

To recognise this event, St John NT first aid trainers, volunteers and paramedics are offering free CPR and AED demonstrations at Casuarina Square, Gateway and Yeperenye Shopping Centres from 11:30am-1:30pm on Friday, October 15.

“Contrary to popular belief, sudden cardiac arrest can happen at any age, and you never know who will be around if it does.” St John NT CEO Judith Barker said.

“Learning CPR and knowing where to find and how to use an AED can mean the difference between life and death, and the more we can create awareness of these skills, the more resilient our community will be.”

St John NT is working in collaboration with the Council of Ambulance Authorities (CAA) to raise awareness of Restart a Heart Day and the importance of CPR and AED skills. Together, they will also be hosting a virtual Restart a Heart Day event on October 16 with tips and survivor stories.

More information can be found at the Restart a Heart website.

St John NT teaches these lifesaving skills year-round through nationally accredited first aid training, community education, and volunteer training.

To sign up for a first aid course, or to learn more about St John NT, please visit their website.


Media enquiries: Kate Hulls on 0428 157 762,

St John NT Director Ambulance Services Andrew Thomas will be available at Casuarina Shopping Centre in Darwin from 12:45pm on Friday, 15 October to talk about the importance of learning CPR and knowing how to use/where to locate an AED. The display will be set up on the first floor by the Coffee Club.

St John NT Regional Manager Southern Paul Bellman will be at Yeperenye Shopping Centre in Alice Springs from 11:30am by Mavik’s Apparel.

Please advise if attending.

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