Dear members of the Australian Resuscitation Council NSW and others

It is with sadness and regret we need to inform you all of the untimely and tragic death of Professor Ian Jacobs, the national Chair of the Australian Resuscitation Council, after a sudden illness. Professor Jacobs worked with the ARC for 25 years and was Chair since 2000. He was a delegate to the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation since 2000, was ILCOR Secretary from 2006 until last year, when he took over as ILCOR Co-Chair.

He has had a profound effect on the science and practice of resuscitation, both in Australasia and across the world, and also upon many people; his contribution to the national and international resuscitation community was immense.

Our thoughts are with his family.

St John NSW
NSW Fire and Rescue
Submarine & Underwater Medicine Unit
Ambulance NSW
NSW Police Rescue
Red Cross


Resuscitation news from around the world...







Kids learn water safety

October 3rd, 2013. Western Sydney residents have a higher risk of coastal drownings than other parts of NSW, according to 2004 to 2010 statistics in Surf Life Saving Australia's Coastal Safety Report...


New study shows that cardiac arrest survival in NSW is decreasing

September 25th, 2013. A study of call-outs for cardiac arrests in NSW has found only one in 10 people survived, down 17 per cent between 2005 and 2010. Experts say more defibrillator machines and people trained in CPR would stop the needless deaths, and bring NSW in line with "the rest of the civilised world"…


South Australia leads the way: Medical students teach CPR to school children

September 7th, 2013. Children should be taught basic resuscitation skills as part of the school curriculum according to research by medical students. Students from Flinders University's graduate medical program have been examining the benefits of teaching CPR to primary school-aged children


James Gandolfini death could have been prevented if hotel had AED says UCLA cardiologist

July 5th, 2013. "James Gandolfini absolutely may have survived if hotel personnel had used an AED when they found him," said Dr. Matthew Budoff, an associate professor of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine UCLA and a renowned cardiologist, during an interview with the National Enquirer…


Student leads push for CPR and first aid classes in school

July 2nd, 2013. A Willunga high school student who saved his father's life after he had a heart attack has led a push that will see his fellow classmates trained in CPR and first aid…


New Zealand study finds bystander CPR rates much higher in public cardiac arrests, at 73.3 per cent, than 44.3 per cent at home

July 2nd, 2013. People suffering from cardiac arrest are more likely to survive if it happens in public, a Wellington-wide study has found...


New cross-border agreement to help heart-attack victims

February 7th, 2013People who suffer heart attacks in country NSW areas near the ACT will get faster access to potentially life-saving treatment, under an agreement between the NSW and ACT governments…


Central Coast residents urged to learn CPR in wake of drownings

January 15, 2013Central Coast residents are being urged to learn CPR following a spate of drownings and incidents across the region. Since December 19 paramedics have responded to three drownings and seven near drownings, including two in 48 hours...


Seattle's survival rate for cardiac arrest rises

January 08, 2013If you have a witnessed heart attack in the Seattle area, your survival rate is greater than anywhere, and it just got higher. In fact, the survival rate for a common form of heart arrest, ventricular fibrillation, where the heart stops beating and is, in essence, just quivering, is now up to 56 percent...


Toddler survives but CPR makes all the difference

January 07, 2013. The near drowning of a toddler in a backyard swimming pool at Nulkaba at the weekend has prompted a pool safety warning from Central Hunter police. The two-year-old boy has since been discharged from Newcastle Childrens’ Hospital after he was found floating face down in a backyard swimming pool on Saturday afternoon.

Detectives were following up the incident today, but senior police have praised the efforts of a resident who performed CPR on the toddler until he started breathing again...


Bob Dwyer was in the right place at the right time for heart attack

January 04, 2013Former Wallabies coach Bob Dwyer is recovering in a Sydney hospital after suffering a heart attack. The 72-year-old reportedly complained of chest pains on Wednesday on his farm at Bowral in the NSW southern highlands and was taken to hospital, where he suffered a cardiac arrest...


Toddlers narrowly escape drowning

January 03, 2013Two toddler brothers have been rescued after nearly drowning in a backyard pool in Sydney's southwest. A two-year-old boy was found at the bottom of a pool at a Padstow home on Wednesday morning. His younger sibling was floating at the top...


SCUBA diver lucky to be alive

January 02, 2013. A SCUBA diver is lucky to be alive after members of the public performed CPR on him after he was pulled from the water on the NSW south coast...

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Read the Sydney Morning Herald report on NSW cardiac arrests and the new study...


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Automated External Defibrillators;

"The device that saves lives, but can be hard to find"