33 000 Australians Are Lost To Sudden Cardiac Arrest Every Year

Help us provide defibrillators, awareness and heart screening



An alarming number of Australian lives are being cut short by sudden death every day.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) can happen to anyone at any time.

It can affect seemingly healthy athletes and even teenagers with no prior health conditions.

SCA contributes to an estimated 33,000 deaths in Australia each year. It is our goal to reduce the unnecessary and preventable loss of lives.

As there are very few symptoms, but too often no symptoms at all, the first sign that something is wrong may be sudden collapse, loss of consciousness, no breathing, loss of pulse and no sign of life…..an emergency situation within seconds.

High quality CPR coupled with DEFIBRILLATION is the only definitive treatment of SCA. CPR attempts to maintain circulation of blood and oxygen, while a defibrillator (AED) delivers an electrical pulse through the heart in an effort to restore the normal heart rhythm.

Prompt CPR and DEFIBRILLATION offers the victim the best chance of survival until emergency help arrives compared to the catastrophic effects of doing nothing at all. The challenge is for AED’s (Automated External Defibrillators) to be available and applied within minutes of SCA.

Our Cause

Response For Life was created in memory of loved ones lost to sudden, and often unexplained, cardiac death. It is our hope that no family suffer such an unbearable loss.

Response For Life is a registered Charity committed to saving lives by providing defibrillators and raising awareness of SCA.

Your response could save lives.


Response For Life aims to raise awareness of SCA (Sudden Cardiac Arrest), and in particular sudden cardiac death (SCD) in the young.

Seemingly healthy Australians are losing their lives, often with no explanation, leaving family, friends and entire communities devastated and questioning why.

Response For Life aims to raise awareness of prompt CPR and DEFIBRILLATION as the best treatment of SCA until emergency help arrives.

Response For Life is committed to providing defibrillators (AED’s) that are designed to be used by all.

With this life saving device readily available in all communities, the number of preventable deaths may be reduced.

Response For Life aims to promote the Australian Resuscitation Council’s basic life support.

The DRSABCD clearly supports the use of a defibrillator. Response For Life aims to create awareness of youth heart screening.

It should not be acceptable that people are dying suddenly and unexpectedly, early detection needs to be taken seriously.

Response For Life aims to generate support and sponsorship to create a greater sense of community and to successfully implement its core aim of saving lives.

Response For Life aims to hold fundraising activities to assist with achieving goals. Response For Life aims to launch its campaigns at a national level, as our cause is for the good of all Australians.

Our mission is to help prevent sudden cardiac death from taking the lives of our loved ones. Please consider how your response can make a difference for many lives.

After the loss of one of our valued club members to a heart attack two years ago, Gymea Rotary made Gymea United FC the beneficiary of its defibrillator fundraising drive. Through this donation I met Julia as the provider of the defibrillator and ongoing training. Julia and The Response For Life team have gone far beyond the normal requirements with additional training and support to our club as committee members change and the need for ongoing training is required.

Gary Wall

Gymea United

Julia and her husband John were very helpful in providing information and demonstrations of the unit to our Board of Directors and management team as well as club representatives.... I would have no hesitation in recommending Julia and Response For Life to be involved n the supply of AED devices to any new customers.

Glenn Armstrong

Macarthur Football Association

As the Founder of Heartbeat of Football I have nothing but praise for the way Julia Zuza (Response for Life) has engaged with the Australian sports Community and beyond in such a key space in our day to day existence.I have no hesitation in recommending Response for Life. Julia has been a great advocate in heart health awareness and HOF looks forward to strengthening our partnership even further in coming years.

Andy Pascalidis


I have been extremely impressed by their professionalism, dedication, and passion for serving the community. They provide a wonderful service to the community, in not only providing defibrillators, but also delivering high quality education and support.

Professor Chris Semsarian

Centenary Institute Research For Life

I have been impressed and often humbled by Julia's dedication and energy in the area of preventing sudden cardiac death in sporting environments. From our discussions over the last 3 years and observation of her organisational and training skills I know she is dynamic , focused and professional.

Dr Shiva Roy

Cardiology Sutherland Hospital

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20 hours ago

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Colleagues performing CPR and using their workplace Defib enabled Paramedics to continue Marks rescue with the aid of a Lucas CPR machine and specialised care. A MUST TO WATCH.

9 News Sydney
A 55-year-old man whose heart stopped for almost an hour when he suffered a major cardiac arrest has re- lived the events that led to his incredible recovery.

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When you meet 'Camellia' by International Artist Olga Katsyuba, you will be totally blown away by its effects and delight to your senses. So grateful for this stunning donation. Purchase a RAFFLE FOR DEFIBS ticket for your chance to win. Come join us this weekend or purchase online at responseforlife.org.au draw this Sunday 24th March, 4:30pm, onsite Ardency Aroona with Oatley 101 Society of Artists Inc. & Rotary Club of Sutherland, NSW District 9675 ...

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1 week ago

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Response For Life are feeling proud to be part of this NSW Health initiative which aims to improve Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest survival. With Michael Hughes Foundation and like minded organisations listed, together, focused on saving lives.....priceless.Earlier this month, the Foundation was proud to attend and support the inaugural NSW Health Stakeholder Forum focussed on "community awareness and response to out of hospital cardiac arrest".

The Forum was officially opened by His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d), Governor of New South Wales, with presentations by our friend Kerrie Kenton (Welcome to Country), Dr Kerry Chant (Chief Health Officer, NSW Health NSW Health), Professor Clara Chow (Westmead Applied Research Centre University of Sydney ), Dominic Morgan, CEO NSW Ambulance), David Waters (CEO Council of Ambulance Authorities) and many other organisations and individuals working tirelessly in their communities to tackle the issue of cardiac arrest.

It was a great forum to be informed on the current work being undertaken at various levels across New South Wales, to discuss and quantify the key issues as well as an opportunity for organisations to share their ideas and experiences - to be actively part of the solution!

The outcomes of the day will inform the NSW Health Expert Panels in their initiatives to improve the response to cardiac arrest in this state.

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If this doesn't WOW you nothing will!
Marion Chapman Artist Sydney has so kindly donated her artwork "Fuchsias & Buds" for our RAFFLE FOR DEFIBS held in conjunction with Rotary Club of Sutherland, NSW District 9675.
For tickets, PM us, email [email protected] or visit us this weekend FREE event ART EXHIBITION with Oatley 101 Society of Artists Inc. @ Ardency Aroona 19 Wyralla Road, Yowie Bay. ALL WELCOME.

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Our RAFFLE FOR DEFIBS proving popular at Rotary District 9675 Conference this weekend, whilst creating Defib awareness and enjoying guest speakers. ...

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