In the News: Ready to save lives

TODAY’S 18th print edition of New Norfolk and Derwent Valley News helps to spread the word about the growing number of automatic defibrillators available in our community, charged and ready to be used to help people suffering sudden cardiac arrest. Download a copy of the paper here.

Shiploads and the Tynwald Park football ground are the latest places in the Derwent Valley to become “rescue ready” with the installation of automatic external defibrillators (AEDs). These sophisticated but easy-to-use devices analyse the heart’s rhythm and, if necessary, deliver a shock to help the heart re-establish an effective rhythm.

The Tynwald Park AED was funded by the Lions Club of New Norfolk, the New Norfolk Cricket Club and the New Norfolk Junior Football Club, and discount retailer Shiploads recently purchased defibrillators for its warehouse and 13 stores around the state including New Norfolk.

St John Ambulance representative Jeremy Bosworth with Shiploads’ Ashley Wilson and Cecilia Smith in the New Norfolk Shiploads store.

Shiploads managing director Ashley Wilson said a Shiploads store recently had an incident that required the use of a defibrillator, and this had highlighted that early access to an AED was vital in all Shiploads stores. He said Shiploads had also registered its AEDs with Ambulance Tasmania, meaning they were available to the public as well as Shiploads staff.

“Shiploads values AEDs as another way to assist and connect with the Tasmanian community and urge other businesses to contact St John Ambulance to discuss how an AED can be installed in their business,” Mr Wilson said. Shiploads has partnered with St John Ambulance, which this year introduced its own range of AEDs in Australia.

St John Ambulance spokesman Jeremy Bosworth said early access to an AED was critical in cases of sudden cardiac arrest. “Getting CPR underway and a defib on the chest within the first three to five minutes is paramount to saving a life,” Mr Bosworth said. “More AEDs in the Tasmanian community equates to more defibrillators within five minutes of a sudden cardiac arrest victim,” he said.

Today’s 28-page issue of New Norfolk and Derwent Valley News includes more than 40 items of purely local news. There is a page of your letters to the editor and the popular puzzle pages.

Derwent Valley outlets for the paper include the New Norfolk Newsagency, New Norfolk Foodmarket, Eagle Snack Bar, New Norfolk IGA, Mood Food New Norfolk, Bushy Park Roadhouse, Westerway Roadhouse, Fika Time Cafe Maydena, Ellendale Post Office, Hamilton Post Office, Ouse Post Office and the Bothwell Supermarket.

Other sellers include the Lagoon Store, Granton; Claremont Newsagency; Kingston Nextra; Glenorchy Central News; Moonah News, New Town Plaza, Elizabeth Mall News and Salamanca News. You can even pick up a copy at the Longford Newsagency.

Readers in any part of Tasmania can ask their preferred newsagency to order them a copy via the Mercury as the distribution agent. New Norfolk residents can ask the Norfolk Newsagency to organise for a paper seller to visit within the town boundaries. More distant readers might prefer to download a copy from

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