Doctor push for defibrillators in schools rejected

A doctor-led campaign to install defibrillators in NSW schools is continuing despite politicians and bureaucrats having turned a mostly deaf ear to its potential to save lives.

Headed by University of Sydney cardiologist Professor Chris Semsarian, and Channel Seven health editor and GP Dr Andrew Rochford, the campaign calls for the mandatory installation of defibrillators in every public school, as well as the training of staff and students in CPR.

An average of four people aged under 35 die every week in Australia from sudden cardiac arrest.