Local business, community and sporting organisations are being urged to register their Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) machines through the St John Ambulance defibrillator register.
The St John's defibrillator register is a national register to record the details and location of AEDs throughout Australia, making the life saving devices more accessible.
Once your AED is registered with St John, the location of your defibrillator will be made available on the St John AED website and through the St John Resuscitate iPhone app.
Parkes Shire Mayor and Lachlan Health Council member, Cr Ken Keith OAM said, "for every minute a person waits for defibrillation, the chance of survival decreases by 10 per cent."
"The register aims to ensure anyone can easily locate and access AED machines throughout our community in order to minimise life threatening situations resulting from sudden cardiac arrest."
Each year, sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) strikes approximately 30,000 Australians. Unfortunately, fewer than 5% survive, often because help cannot reach them in time.
In 2017, Parkes Shire Council invested in five AEDs, which were installed at Council's Administrative Building, Works Depot, Library, and the new Water and Sewage Treatment Plants.
Earlier this year, representatives from Parkes Railway Bowling Club, Peak Hill Golf Club, Parkes Rugby League Club, Parkes Cricket Association and Parkes Rugby Union Club all received a defibrillator and took part in the free training, as part of the NSW Office of Sport Local Sports Defibrillator Grant Program.
To view AED locations, visit the St John Ambulance Australia website aed.stjohn.org.au/ or download the free St John Resuscitate iPhone app.