Help us save lives - learn CPR

Restart A Heart Day - 16th October 2017

Restart a Heart Day aims to raise awareness of the need to learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and use of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to save a life in the event of a cardiac arrest.

Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death, with an estimated 15,000 people suffering a cardiac arrest in Australia every year.

Receiving early CPR can increase the odds of surviving a cardiac arrest by a factor of five.

The greatest chance of survival is when the nearest person administers CPR and defibrillation.  However, unfortunately, CPR is only attempted for about 30 per cent of patients. Those who have undertaken training are seven more times likely to attempt CPR than those without.

After suffering a cardiac arrest, every minute that early CPR or use of an AED is delayed a person’s chance of survival decreases by 10 per cent.

A bystander’s response in those first few minutes can make all the difference.

Even if you haven’t been trained in CPR any attempt is better than no attempt!

Follow these steps:

A person who is unconscious and not breathing normally needs CPR immediately:

  1. Place both hands in the centre of the chest
  2. Compress the chest to the rhythm of ‘Stayin’ Alive’
  3. If you've learned how to do it, provide 2 rescue breaths between every 30 compressions, otherwise push the chest continuously
  4. Push hard. Don’t worry, you can’t do any harm.

Anyone can learn CPR and it could save someone’s life.

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Learn CPR

Learning to perform CPR and use an AED could save the life of someone you love.  To find out more about CPR courses available in Tasmania please visit

Supported by St John, Australian Resuscitation Council, Heart Foundation, Paramedics Australasia, University of Tasmania, Australian Red Cross, Ambulance Tasmania