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Restart a Heart Day

Did you know that only 1 in 10 Australians survive a cardiac arrest?

Together we can beat that and improve cardiac arrest survival rates by knowing what to do in a health emergency.

Restart a Heart Day is an annual event celebrated around the world on 16 October. The campaign aims to educate the community about the importance of CPR and how to use an AED in a health emergency.

Ultimately, we want every Australian to know how to do CPR and use an AED in a health emergency.

View the events for Restart a Heart day in your local community.

Download your How to Restart a Heart in 3 Simple Steps information sheet.

What is a cardiac arrest?

  • 23,000 Australians suffer a cardiac arrest every year. That’s 63 people every day. But only 1 in 10 survive a cardiac arrest.
  • If the heart stops pumping, it is known as a cardiac arrest.
  • Cardiac arrest can occur without warning. It is triggered by an electrical malfunction in the heart that causes an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia). This malfunction can stop the heart from pumping blood around the body.
  • Performing CPR is extremely important in this situation by enabling blood to continue pumping to vital organs, such as the brain, before an ambulance arrives.

Learning to #restartaheart through these three simple steps could save the life of someone you know and love.

Call1. Call 000

In a health emergency, calling an ambulance could mean the difference between life and death. If someone is unconscious and not breathing you should call Triple Zero (000).

Triple Zero (000) call takers are trained to help you, and will even guide you through CPR over the phone before paramedics arrive on the scene.

Knowing when and how to call Triple Zero (000) is an important skill for everyone to know, including children.

Here are some links to more information to help you understand what happens when you make a Triple Zero (000) call.

Further Resources

Push2. Push

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

CPR stands for CardioPulmonary Resuscitation

By performing CPR, you circulate blood so that it can continue to provide oxygen to the body, the brain and other organs before an ambulance arrives.

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

Some CPR resources and tools are included below.

AED3. Shock

AED stands for Automated External Defibrillator. You may have heard it called a defib.



If someone is experiencing cardiac arrest, an AED is a lightweight, battery operated, portable device that checks the heart rhythm and can send an electric shock to the heart in an attempt to restore a normal rhythm. This electric shock is also known as defibrillation.

Every minute counts in cardiac arrest. The chance of survival doubles if someone is defibrillated before paramedics arrive on scene, so it’s important that they can be easily located when needed.

You may have already seen AEDs in places you visit every day, including shopping centres, sporting clubs, gyms or even your workplace.

You don’t need training to use an AED. If someone is in cardiac arrest and an AED is available, simply open it and follow the instructions.

If you own an AED, please take a moment to register your AED with us. It could save someone’s life.



How can you get involved in the day?

Some ambulance branches are hosting local community activities on Restart a Heart Day, Monday 16 October. If you’re in the area, come and say hello and learn more about how to do CPR and use an AED.


Date Location Venue Time Activity
Monday 16 October Craigieburn Craigieburn Central 340 Craigieburn Rd, Craigieburn (Community Corner opposite Woolworths) 11:30 – 12:30pm CPR and AED demonstration activity
Monday 16 October Drouin CWA Kiosk, Princess Way Drouin (beside the Family Hotel) 12pm – 3pm CPR and AED demonstration activity. Find out where local public access defibrillators are located in the area.
Sunday 15 October Hopetoun Hopetoun Recreation Reserve – Showgrounds 10am – 5pm Restart a Heart Day activities including CPR demonstrations and an educational treasure hunt for children
Monday 16 October Kyneton Trentham CFA, 25 Market St Trentham 2 sessions commencing at 8:15am and 9:15am CPR and AED demonstration activity
Monday 16 October Geelong Transport Accident Commission office, 60 Brougham St, Geelong (front office foyer) 11am – 2pm CPR and AED demonstration activity.
Monday 16 October Numurkah Newman Square, Cnr Melville St and Quinn St, Numurkah VIC 11am – 2pm Interactive CPR and AED demonstration activity
Monday 16 October Tatura Tree of Knowledge (corner of Francis St and Hogan St) 8.30am – 1pm Interactive CPR and AED demonstrations delivered with support from the Heart Foundation.
Monday 16 October Warragul Rotary Kiosk, Palmerston St Warragul (outside the ANZ Bank) 10am – 1pm CPR and AED demonstration activity. Find out where local public access defibrillators are located in the area.
Monday 16 October Warrnambool Gateway Plaza Shopping Centre, Raglan Pde Warrnambool 11am – 2pm CPR and AED demonstration activity
Monday 16 October Wodonga Wodonga Plaza TBC CPR demonstration activity


If you would like to run your own Restart a Heart Day event on Monday 16 October in your community, school or workplace please email us.

Join in the conversation and share your Restart a Heart Day messages and photos with #restartaheart.