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HEARTsafe - Helping each other save lives - HEARTsafe Home

Helping each other save lives

HEARTsafe is a community initiative that aims to increase the chances of survival after sudden cardiac arrest.

It does this by encouraging communities to install AEDs (automated external defibrillators) in public places that are easily accessible, informing people where they can locate an AED, training people to use AEDs and increasing the number of people who know CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation).



  • The median age for sudden cardiac arrest is 66 years for male and 71 years for female.
  • Every year nearly 2000 New Zealanders suffer from cardiac arrest event happening out of the hospital;  33% are female and 67%  are male.
  • Many of these people have no prior symptoms and get no warning.
  • Less than 5 - 8% will survive if they don’t receive immediate treatment.
  • Use of an AED can increase the chance of survival after cardiac arrest by up to 40%.


The four aims of HEARTsafe

  1. Improve understanding about the chain of survival and what happens when someone experiences a cardiac arrest.
  2. Increase the number of people who are willing and able to apply CPR.
  3. Improve a person’s access to early defibrillation.
  4. Increase survival rates.

Chain of survival


How HEARTsafe works

The HEARTsafe initiative is available at a community or a business level. Points gained from a HEARTsafe business can be contributed towards a HEARTsafe community.

Communities earn points, called HEARTbeats, that count towards gaining HEARTsafe status. The number of HEARTbeats required to gain HEARTsafe status depends on the size of the community.


Points or HEARTbeats are gained for various activities, such as:
  • An increase in the number of people who know how to deliver CPR.
  • Access to AEDs in public and workplaces.
  • Improving visibility of AEDs in public and workplaces.
  • Training people to use AEDs.
  • Ensuring AEDs are properly maintained, so they’re always ready to use.


Contact HEARTsafe

To talk to someone about HEARTsafe, call 0800 2 HEARTSAFE (0800 243 278)  or email or



Enquire about joining the HEARTsafe project

To register your interest in joining the Heartsafe programme
> Complete an online enquiry


> Find out more about St John AEDs


Data on this webpage are drawn from the St John Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest (OHCA)annual report. More details can be found on the recent report 2014/2015:

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