A jump start for Victorian sporting clubs

Professor Chris Semsarian

Professor Chris Semsarian, Assistant Director at Centenary

Professor Chris Semsarian, cardiologist at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and Assistant Director at Centenary Institute has welcomed a campaign to reduce deaths from sudden cardiac arrest among athletes, officials and spectators in sporting clubs of Victoria, Australia.

Cardiac Science Corporation will supply hundreds of easy-to-use defibrillators and a training program to provide a safer sporting environment.

The campaign was sparked by the on-field death of a young player, Stephen Buckman, in May 2010. Buckman, 19, collapsed from sudden cardiac arrest during training. Andrew White, the paramedic who attempted to revive Buckman has led the “Defib Your Club, For Life” campaign.