Making our communities HeartSafe

So the past two years have seen a huge effort here on Kangaroo Island – with the amazing support of community members and groups (listed below). we’ve been able to establish a network of Public Access Defibrillators across Kangaroo Island.

More than that, we’ve also trained over 10% of the Islanders in CPR ands of an AED – with more planned (I’d love to train 25%)

This means Kangaroo Island is now Australia’s first ‘HeartSAFE’ community

The Heartsafe brand is a global initiative and I am mighty chuffed we’ve achieved this, thanks to the wonderful community on KI

Read more about the project at or follow us on twitter @heartsafeki

The map below shows how we’ve grown – from ONE single ‘green’ public access defibrillators in 2016, to almost 30 public access defies available 24/7 now

In the next three months we’ll be training up community members for free on National ‘Restart a Heart’ day 16-10-18….and also partnering with the local schools to deliver CPR and AED training to year 9 students

We’re also delighted to be working with the team at GoodSAM app to identify available emergency responders across the Island, with a view to integrating into existing 000 emergency calls in due course

Click link below to see an interactive map of the Kangaroo Island AED network


Prof Mark Wilson shows off a GoodSAM-tagged AED at Seal Bay

The team at HeartSafeKI wish to thank the KI community for their support to date, including

– KI Lions

– KI Council


– Sports clubs of Wisanger, Dudley, Parndana, Western Districts and Kingscote

– Bowling clubs of Kingscote, Birchmore, Parndana

– Progress Associations of Kingscote, Emu Bay, American River, Island Beach/Sapphiretown, Baudin Beach and Penneshaw

– Rebuild Independence Group and the Deck Cafe, American River

– Vivonne Bay Store, Drakes Foodland, KI Spirits and Raptor Domain

Stay tuned for more training sessions and training

1 thought on “Making our communities HeartSafe”

  1. Suneth Jayasekara

    My wife and I are emergency physicians. We visited KI last week on holiday and saw defibs everywhere and knew something was up! Great work by everyone involved!

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