New defibrillator to keep Moonah Sports members safe

CARDIAC arrest can happen to people of all ages, occuring suddenly and without warning.

However, quick access to a defibrillator can increase the survival rate by as much as 80 per cent.

A defibrillator has the ability to restore the normal rhythm of the heart by sending an electrical signal – but time is of the essence.

Thanks to the dedicated effort of local resident Merv Kozikas, the Moonah Sports Centre now has access to one of these life-saving machines.

Mr Kozikas, who is on the committee and is a life member of the Moonah Basketball Association, has been involved with the Moonah Sports Centre for more than 60-years.

“I know a lot of sports centres and clubs now have defibrillator machines and I thought it would be a good idea for the Moonah Sports Centre to have one,” Mr Kozikas said.

“This is not just for the basketball, but for all the different sports that people play here.”

The new defibrillator machine was recently purchased and installed with the assistance of a grant through the Premier’s Discretionary Fund.

Liberal Member for Denison Elise Archer, who was present for the installation, said today’s defibrillators were small, easy to use and could help keep someone alive while the paramedics were on their way.

“Every minute between when a person starts experiencing a cardiac arrest and when they can get access to a defibrillator is critical,” she said.

“Having this machine at the club could literally save someone’s life if those circumstances arise.”

With more than 5000 people coming through the centre every week, the defibrillator will now offer peace of mind to everyone who uses the Moonah Sports Centre.

“We take every precaution to ensure our members are safe while playing various sports such as basketball, martial arts, netball, volleyball, futsal, badminton and squash,” Moonah Sports Centre manager Natalie Gough said.

“It is comforting to know that we now have the extra security of the defibrillator.

“We’ve been wanting to get a defibrillator machine for about three-years, but just didn’t have the extra funds needed to purchase one.

“We are so grateful to Ms Archer and the State Government for their support.”

Caption: Merv Kozikas, left, and Moonah Sports Centre manager Natalie Gough, right, with Liberal Member for Denison Elise Archer.

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