Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest is a prevalent global health concern with 90% of patients not surviving, and most dying, before reaching a hospital; raising awareness is vital to ensure more Australians are prepared for when a cardiac arrest could strike. 
Other relevant findings include:
- Approximately 30% of casual workers are aware of their current workplace’s nearest AED’s location.
- Only 32% of female workers are aware of the location, although half of male workers (50%) are.
- Male-dominated workplaces are more likely to have an AED on site (55%) compared to female (38%).
- Despite over 9 in 10 (95%) Australians believing access to AEDs nearby is important, more than half (51%) lack confidence in their ability to effectively use an AED to respond to someone experiencing sudden cardiac arrest.
- More than two-thirds (68%) of female workers do not know the location of an AED near to their workplace.
- South Australia and Western Australia are the least likely States to have an AED in the workplace with the survey reporting 36% and 39% respectively.
- All States report low awareness of the location of an AED nearest the workplace:
o New South Wales 43%
o Victoria 45%
o Queensland 40%
o South Australia 33%
o Western Australia 39%
- All States are lacking in confidence when it comes to respondents’ ability to use an AED:
o New South Wales 16%
o Victoria 16%
o Queensland 18%
o South Australia 10%
o Western Australia 13%
- Approximately two-thirds of respondents have never had any AED training:
o New South Wales 56% (significantly lower than the other states)
o Victoria 64%
o Queensland 65%
o South Australia 68%
o Western Australia 68%
- However, the vast majority agree workplaces should provide this life-saving skill.
o New South Wales 98%
o Victoria 97%
o Queensland 97%
o South Australia 97%
o Western Australia 99%
NOTES TO EDITORS:
- Aways follow directions for use according to your AED.
- Call 000 immediately and ask for an ambulance if you suspect someone has had a sudden cardiac arrest.
- An AED will only deliver a shock to a person with a shockable rhythm.
- Follow any verbal or visual prompts displayed on the AED until medical treatment arrives.
- Additional emergency treatment such as CPR and rescue breaths may be required until medical treatment arrives.
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 Philips research was conducted via deciBel Research, in October 2023 across 1,000 non healthcare professional respondents nationally across Australia.