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.
Andrea McPherson, Australian
Hearts Ambassador & SHAPE, Melbourne
Working in the construction industry, Andrea is all about health and safety. Having taken the initiative to install defibs in all SHAPE offices across Australia, Andrea is now pushing for the life-saving devices to be available on all of their client work sites.
“So having a defib should be just as important as having a first-aid kit. We have them in all of our offices. We have them on site at some of our bigger jobs. But I tend to think that they should be on all of our jobs where someone is more likely to potentially have a heart attack than what they are sitting down at a desk.”
Andrea McPherson, Australian Hearts Ambassador
Claire Carn, Australian
Hearts Ambassador & Live Saving Lap
A Life Saving Lap was conceived in a ‘lightbulb’ moment through Claire’s passion for resuscitation education and love of travel. It’s a travel blog with a twist, documenting not only the adventures of Claire and her family as they travel around Australia, but also an education tour providing quality CPR and defibrillator training to communities and fellow travellers.
Claire has taught resuscitation within hospitals over the last 20 years including as a certified Advanced Life Support instructor with the UK Resuscitation Council, Australian Resuscitation Council and the Australian College of Critical care Nurses. Today, she’s taking it one step further by becoming a proud part of the Australian Hearts family.
Melisa Clarke, Australian
Living & working in remote Arnhem land in the Northern Territories means Melisa Clarke is fully aware of the need of immediate response in an emergency, and she knows quicker provision of first aid to an individual hopefully gives them the best chance of recovery.
Having the defibrillator in our office now gives us just that little bit more peace of mind knowing that if required it is there for us and for other businesses around us.
Thank you Aussie Hearts!”
- Melisa Clarke, Australian Hearts Ambassador
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.