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CPR and AED Awareness

Restart a Heart Day Tuesday 18 October

You, me, we, let’s all restart a heart

Restart a Heart Day is an international campaign supported in Australia for the first time by Ambulance Victoria to help spread the message that CPR and AEDs can save lives.

Restart a Heart Day, which originated in Europe, will be highlighted by Ambulance Victoria through a public participation event at Melbourne Airport on Tuesday 18 October, with communities across the state also undertaking localised activities to promote the importance of CPR and AEDs.

A number of agencies will join Ambulance Victoria in supporting Restart a Heart Day so keep an eye out on social media for events that are taking place across the state.

Join the conversation on Restart a Heart Day on social media using #restartaheart

Did you know?

  • Ambulance Victoria attends more 5,500 cardiac arrests every year, sadly only 1 in 10 survive
  • Every minute CPR and defibrillation is delayed, a person’s chance of survival decreases by 10 per cent!
  • More than 75 per cent of cardiac arrests occur in private residences
  • Learning CPR could help you save the life of someone you know and love
  • CPR is the key to survival
  • A person who is unconscious and not breathing normally needs CPR immediately
  • We all have a role to play to help save lives
  • Organisations who have an AED on-site are encouraged to register the device with Ambulance Victoria

Want to learn more?

Ambulance Victoria encourages members of the public to contact a local first aid provider to learn more about CPR and AEDs. Alternatively, you may wish to learn through 4 Steps for Life Plus Ambulance Victoria’s self-educating CPR and AED program.

Ambulance Victoria is committed to improving the community’s awareness of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs).

The Chain of Survival and 4 Steps for Life Plus are two education programs that focus on building the capacity and willingness of Victorian’s to recognise a medical emergency, call Triple Zero (000), perform CPR and use an AED.

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Chain of Survival

The Chain of Survival is a 45 minute interactive session delivered to community groups. It aims to strengthen Ambulance Victoria and community partnerships and build community capacity and willingness to respond to a medical emergency. Content covered in the program includes; recognising a medical emergency, calling Triple Zero (000) and CPR and defibrillator awareness. There are opportunities for questions and answers and to participate in interactive demonstrations of CPR and the use of defibrillators. Presented by Community Education and Engagement staff, the program is free of charge.


4 Steps for Life Plus

4 Steps for Life Plus is a CPR and defibrillation self-educating awareness program that simplifies the steps needed to help a person in cardiac arrest.

Being a self-education program, this means you don’t need an instructor. You will learn through an engaging DVD which replicates a Triple Zero (000) call for an ambulance and then demonstrates the steps you take to help save a life.

The DVD, along with the Pillowpal practice aids, will guide you through how to recognise a cardiac arrest, call Triple Zero (000), perform CPR and use an AED.

4 Steps for Life Plus is available in two self-educating kits, a Personal Pack to learn CPR at home and a Group Kit to champion CPR to your community.

Personal Pack – Learn CPR at home

Learning CPR at home is easy with a $25.00 4 Steps for Life Plus Personal Pack.

What’s in the 4 Steps for Life Plus Personal Pack?

  • DVD which guides the session
  • 2x Fridge magnets
  • 2x Answers to Common Question Sheet
  • 2 x Pillow Pals – CPR Practice aid
  • Resuscitation Mask Key Ring

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Download: Personal Pack Brochure
Phone: 1300 550 472

Group Kit – Become a CPR Champion

Ambulance Victoria offers a free 4 Steps for Life Plus Group Kit to community organisations* across Victoria in an effort to improve awareness of CPR and AEDs.

The 4 Steps for Life Plus Group Kit adopts a CPR Champion model, whereby members of community groups run their own sessions.

To become a CPR Champion contact 4 Steps for Life Plus to see if your community group is eligible for a free 4 Steps for Life Plus Group Kit. Once you receive your Group Kit you can then conduct your own CPR and AED awareness sessions with your community.

*4 Steps for Life Plus Group Kit is available for community clubs and groups outside a formal school setting

 Benefits of becoming a CPR Champion:

  • You will help increase awareness of cardiac arrest, CPR and AEDs in your community
  • You will strengthen the chain of survival in Victoria
  • Receive communication from 4 Steps for Life Plus to keep you informed and remind you to refresh your skills.

View the 2016 CPR Champion Newsletter.

What’s in the 4 Steps for Life Plus Group Kit?

  • CPR Champion Guide – Step by step guide to help you run a session
  • 2 x DVD which guides the entire session
  • Fridge magnet for every participant
  • Answers to Common Question Sheet for every participant
  • Pillow Pals – CPR Practice aid one between two participants
  • Promotional Poster.

How to become a CPR Champion

If you would like to learn more about running your own 4 Steps for Life Plus session, simply view the 4 Steps for Life Plus webcast and then contact 4 Steps for Life Plus 1300 550 472 or email to express your interest.