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Community groups and sporting clubs should consider first aid provisions offered in their facilities including having an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) available.
The City of Marion acknowledges the advantage of having easy access to AEDs wherever large groups of people gather, especially community venues where there are large numbers of members of the public or where there is a risk of electrocution, like swimming pools.
AEDs provide first aid treatment for life-threatening instances of cardiac arrest. The AED assesses a patient’s medical situation and then delivers a measured electrical shock to restore the normal effective cardiac rhythm, if required.
They are relatively simple to use, however, should ideally be used by someone who is appropriately trained.
According to the Work Health and Safety Act (SA) 2012, community groups and sporting clubs may be classified as "a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU)", which obligates them to consider and provide first aid provisions to their communities.
Sporting clubs and community groups are encouraged to be familiar with the Code of Practice for First Aid in the Workplace which provides information on how to use a risk management approach to assess:
Undertaking the above assessment will assist community groups and sporting clubs to tailor the first aid resources that are appropriate for their facility.
The City of Marion is committed to the health and safety of its staff and the users of its facilities, and has demonstrated this by the providing AEDs at most of its sites including:
Council supports community groups and sporting clubs to provide AEDs in their venues, by including AEDs as an eligible item in our Community Grants program.
To support community groups and sporting clubs to access an AED, please refer to the following links:
The City of Marion is not affiliated with any of the above-mentioned organisations, this information is general information provided for the benefit of community groups and sporting clubs to assist them in accessing an AED.