In Parliament

Constituency Question - Defibrillators on Public Transport



Thursday, 3 August 2023.

Mr NEWBURY (Brighton) (14:51):

My Constituency Question is to the Premier, and I ask: will the State Labor Government confirm an intention to roll out defibrillators on Victoria’s public transport system?

A Brighton constituent recently went through the worst day of her life when her husband had a heart attack while travelling home on a train. The constituent called an ambulance and was told that no ambulance was available, so her husband was forced to lie on a concrete train station in my electorate for 45 minutes waiting for an ambulance to arrive.

Fortunately, there were two nurses on the train – two wonderful people who thrust themselves forward.

But despite the potential need for a defibrillator, over that long 45-minute wait there were none on the train system or at the train station.

Without being political, it is incredibly frustrating to know that up to $2 billion will be spent on not hosting the Commonwealth Games but the Government has not yet invested in providing vital health services like defibrillators on the public transport system to protect our community.

The broader community and I look forward to the Premier’s response.