Bron Grieve, Australian
Hearts Ambassador & Community Health Nurse, Castlemaine
The long wait for an Ambulance in a small Australian country town is one reason why Bron Grieve decided to get her hometown of Castlemaine needs more defibrillators.
A registered nurse, Bron is clear about what gives people a decent chance of surviving cardiac arrest. The way she sees it, it comes down to, “good CPR and getting a defibrillator on them and active within the first five minutes.”
Far from just talk, this health professional is all action. She helped win her community a publically accessible AED. That’s one small town in Victoria where everyone safer.
Guy Leech, Australian
Across the country, it is estimated that around 30,000 people die unexpectedly from sudden cardiac arrest death every year.
In many cases, access to a defib could have been the difference between life and death. Defibs need to be everywhere - just like fire extinguishers and first aid kits.
“Join us by signing the petition, nominating an #AussieHearHero and Spreading the Word to get others to join the movement. Together we can save lives.”
- Guy Leech, Australian Hearts Ambassador
Pharmacare Laboratories hosted our first ever Show Some Heart morning tea. It was a fantastic opportunity to hear real-life stories about how defibs can save lives and a joy to meet members of our community who have taken action in a really powerful way. Thanks to PharmaCare, there are 80 more people in Australia who are convinced defibs are an urgent need to all Australian communities.
Australian Hearts Ambassador & Tourism Executive
Yes, there are still Good Samaritans in Australia. And in the Adelaide Hills, one of those people is Kristen Mack.
In 2012, Kristen walked by a stranger in a car park who had collapsed. Many walked by because they were scared and didn't know what to do. Kristen didn’t flinch and started CPR straightaway, asking another stranger to call an ambulance with their defib.
Today, she’s gone another step towards saving lives. She’s part of the #AussieHeartHero campaign, teaching people how to use AEDs and perform CPR. On top of that, she’s met with her local member of parliament, Dan Cregan, to press the government to insist on defbs in the place we work and play.