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AN estimated 1000 caravan parks around
the nation are set to be equipped with life-saving defibrillators,
courtesy of the Federal Government.
It has partnered with the Caravan Industry Association of Australia and
will spend $1 million on the initiative.
The association will manage the implementation of the program on a 50:50
basis, with caravan parks ‒ which attract over
11 million Australians annually ‒ contributing
half the cost of each defibrillator.
The industry's peak body will work with caravan parks to ensure a speedy
rollout of the program as funding will be only be available this
Association chief executive Stuart Lamont welcomed the plan as "an
exciting and yet common-sense initiative" that will put the best
technology into holiday locations across the nation.
"Caravan parks are popular holiday destinations – particularly with senior
Australians who are at an increased risk of heart attack," he said.
"We also know that in rural and regional areas it can take longer for an
ambulance to arrive, given the distances they sometimes have to travel.
"This program will ensure that if a person suffers a heart attack in a
caravan park that lifesaving help is close to hand."
Health Minister Greg Hunt said heading off to regional Australia on a
caravan and camping trip would become much safer.
"Research shows that if a person is defibrillated within the first five
minutes of collapse, their chance of survival is around 90 percent," he
"For every minute that this is delayed, the chances of survival decrease
by up to 10 percent.
"This initiative will save and protect lives."
Regional Services Minister Bridget McKenzie said the investment would make
Australians wanting to get out into the regions to explore the natural
beauty feel safer knowing that medical help was not far away.
"We know that more and more Australians are visiting our regions and by
increasing their attractiveness to domestic and especially international
visitors with better medical amenities, it will help grow regional
"With 44 cents of every tourist dollar spent in regional areas and the
industry providing eight percent of employment
in the regions, it makes smart economic sense as well as medical."