LNP Leader Deb Frecklington has announced a life-saving new policy which will jump-start the hearts of Queenslanders if elected in 2020.
“The LNP will put an automated external defibrillator (AED) in every Queensland school if elected in 2020,” Ms Frecklington said.
“This policy is a potential life-saver.
“Time is critical during Sudden Cardiac Arrest emergencies and these AEDs will make schools ready for action.
“Currently, less than 50 per cent of people who suffer a Sudden Cardiac Arrest have someone to step in to do CPR or use an AED before an ambulance arrives.
“For every minute that passes without CPR or an AED, the chance of survival drops by 10 per cent.
“Introducing easy-to-use life-saving equipment in schools is a no-brainer.”
LNP Deputy Leader Tim Mander said grants would be provided to schools and the project would cost just over $2.6 million.
“You can’t put a price on jump-starting someone’s heart,” Mr Mander said.
“This new policy will save lives and keep hearts beating.
“Schools host a variety of community events for parents, teachers, students and local residents and AEDs will available in the case of an emergency.
“These AEDs could be used at swimming meets, cross-country events and athletics carnivals.
“School halls and ovals are also used by sporting clubs and for local community events all the time.”
Shadow Health Minister Ros Bates said there were significant health benefits for the community by locating an AED at every school.
“Sudden Cardiac Arrest doesn’t discriminate – it can happen to people of any age, any fitness level, any time,” Ms Bates said.
“This is an important community health initiative that will provide better local health care for Queenslanders.”