Take Heart Australia has a single mission…

…to dramatically increase the survival rate of Australians who suffer a sudden cardiac arrest.


In Australia, around 30,000 people suffer a sudden cardiac arrest each year; on average, only 9-10% of these people survive. These are the lucky few…

…lucky because when they collapse there has been someone nearby who knows how to help. But in a medically advanced country like Australia, luck is not an acceptable strategy!

We know that the best chance of surviving cardiac arrest occurs when a victim’s care begins immediately – in a community where defibrillators are widespread and accessible and citizens are trained and willing to provide CPR.

Take Heart Australia brings together experts from healthcare, academia, community, government and the private sector to form a powerful, effective, integrated approach to saving lives.

Our ultimate aim is to make it the norm – rather than the exception – to survive cardiac arrest.

The Chain of Survival

Sudden cardiac arrest chain of survival

Some Important Facts about Cardiac Arrest Survival


% Australian survival rate
% of victims die before reaching hospital
% survival rate target (Seattle)
Australians could survive each year with a Seattle quality system


The first five minutes holds the key to survival. We need more people of all ages who are trained and willing to provide immediate CPR, more and easily accessible defibrillators and we need a coordinated healthcare system.

— Professor Paul Middleton —

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Here are some examples of mechanical CPR devices (some historical/some new). The historical one was known as the 'thumper'. They are used in some ambulance services and EDs. According to the literature the jury is still out in regard to mechanical Vs 'human' CPR as current evidence demonstrates little difference in survival outcomes. ... See MoreSee Less

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