Woolworths supermarket shoppers will soon have access to defibrillators in all stores across Australia, in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest.
Research shows that if a person is defibrillated within the first five minutes of collapse, their chance of survival is around 90 per cent. For every minute that this is delayed, the chances of survival decrease by up to 10 per cent.
Stores located in rural and regional communities, or areas where it may be hard to access a medical site, will be the first priority.
It is also known that in rural and regional areas it can take longer for an ambulance to arrive, or medical assistance given the distances they sometimes have to travel.
The Liberal government also recently announced it would invest $1 million to support the installation of defibrillators at about 1000 caravan parks and camping sites, throughout Australia, in an exciting partnership with the Caravan Industry Association of Australia.