An initiative which is being backed by former "Yellow" Wiggle Greg Page following a heart scare during a bushfire benefit concert has received the support of Parkes Shire Council.
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At its meeting this month the council gave unanimous support to become one of the first local government areas in NSW to sign an agreement supporting Heart of the Nation, an initiative of Our National Heart Pty Limited.
Page, who has had a long association with Parkes Council, collapsed on stage at the end of the Original Wiggles performance in January this year.
His life was saved by a bystander performing CPR and the availability of an Automatic Emergency Defibrillators (AED) at the RSL Club where The Wiggles were performing.
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Parkes Shire Council currently have 12 defibrillators across various Council sites and are investigating the purchase of more to cover all Council sites.
"There are also a few sporting groups (in Parkes) that have them as well," Parkes mayor Ken Keith said before confirming his fellow councillors were happy for him to sign Parkes on as a supporter.
Heart of the Nation aims to educate organisations and individuals on the importance of having defibrillators on site and accessible when they're needed.
Its key objectives and principles governing its activities, are guided by a desire for better outcomes for people that experience sudden cardiac arrest -whether it be in the home, at work, or in public places.
Page is putting together a list of all defibrillators across Australia.
The project enables people to quickly identify Heart of the Nation Members who have publicly available defibrillators.
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