Help us save lives - learn CPR

Restart A Heart Day - Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Learn to restart a heart, have a go and save a life.

This Restart a Heart Day we’re going to teach Tasmanians how to restart a heart if it suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating (a cardiac arrest).

A bystander’s response in those first few minutes is crucial! Intervention within 3-4 minutes may increase the chance of survival by up to 50 per cent.

This year, with the help of our partners, we are providing a number of ways you can learn how to perform Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for free and potentially save a life:

  1. Our paramedics will demonstrate CPR live online and answer questions through the Ambulance Tasmania Facebook page. At 7:00 pm, Tuesday, 16 October. Make sure you ‘Like’ the Ambulance Tasmania Facebook page to participate.
  2. From Saturday 13 October to Tuesday 16 October there will be free CPR demostrations happening around Tasmania.  Find a full schedule of all events on this page below.
  3. Get your friends together and host your own Restart a Heart Day event! Sign up and download your free Restart a Heart Day kit.
  4. Download and print these easy-to-follow CPR steps and keep them handy.

If you witness a cardiac arrest, follow DRSABCD:

DRSABCD StepsInstructions
Danger Ensure the area is safe for yourself, others and the patient.
Response Check for a response by asking for a name and squeezing shoulders.
Send for help Call triple zero (000) for an ambulance. They will stay on the line and talk you through what to do.
Airway Open mouth and if foreign material is present, place in recovery position and clear airway with fingers.
Breathing Check for breathing. Look, listen and feel for breath.

  1. Place both hands in the centre of the chest.
  2. Compress the chest – push down hard, don’t be scared.
    • You should give approximately 100-120 compressions per minute (almost 2 compressions per second).
    • Compress to about 1/3 the depth of the chest – this equates to more than 5 cm depth in adults, 5 cm in children, and 4 cm in infants.
  3. Perform chest compressions continuously. If you feel comfortable, provide two rescue breaths between every 30 compressions, otherwise compress the chest continuously.

Remember – Don’t be scared - it is better to have a go - you may just save their life

To watch a live demonstration of CPR, ‘Like’ the Ambulance Tasmania Facebook page and tune into our free Facebook Live Event at 7:00 pm Tuesday 16 October.

Defibrillation If there is someone else present, ask them to locate an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED). Do not leave the casualty to look for an AED if you are alone – continue with CPR.

An AED is a lifesaving device that can give your heart an electric shock when it has stopped. An AED will guide you through the defibrillation process and audibly take you through each step. Don’t worry, the AED will not deliver a shock unless it detects a shockable rhythm, eg the heart is not beating properly.

Remember to download the AED Tasmania App to your phone and locate your nearest AED now.

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

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Learn CPR

Learning to perform CPR and use an AED could save the life of someone you love.  To find out more about CPR courses available in Tasmania please visit

  • Red Cross
  • St John Ambulance are supporting Restart A Heart Day and offering special discounts for CPR training and AEDs:
    • 20% discount off CPR training: Training must be booked prior to 31 October 2018 and completed by 22 December 2018
    • 10% discount off AEDs: Purchases must be made prior to 30 November 2018

    Quote the promo code "RESTART" at the time of purchasing to receive these special offers.

Schedule of CPR Demonstrations

Saturday 13 October 2018

Lauderdale Fire Station 11.00 am to 3.00 pm
Nubeena Community Hall 10.00 am to 1.00 pm
Salamanca Market 8.00 am to 2.00 pm

Sunday 14 October 2018

Dog Show -
Deloraine Showground
10.00 am to 2.00 pm

Monday 15 October 2018

Launceston Airport 10.00 am to 2.00 pm
Lazenby's Cafe, Sandy Bay Campus, UTAS 8.00 am to 4.00 pm
Elizabeth Street Mall, Hobart 10.00 am to 2.00 pm
Meadow Mews Shopping Complex 9.30 am to 6.00 pm

Tuesday 16 October 2018

Launceston City Mall 8.00 am to 6.00 pm
Elizabeth Street Mall, Hobart 10.00 am to 2.00 pm
Trade Expo, Sandy Bay Campus, UTAS 8.00 am to 4.00 pm
Home Maker Centre, Devonport 10.00 am to 2.00 pm
Live Streaming CPR Demonstration and Q&A Session -
Online through Ambulance Tasmania Facebook page
7.00 pm

Supported by St John, Australian Resuscitation Council, Heart Foundation, Paramedics Australasia, University of Tasmania, Australian Red Cross, Ambulance Tasmania