33,000 Australians Experience An Out Of Hospital Sudden Cardiac Arrest Every Year

Less Than 9% Will Survive.
Help Us Provide Defibrillators & Training To Help Save More Lives.



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.

33,000 people experience an out of hospital SCA each year in Australia. 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

You can feel safe with us knowing we have completed CPR Training with Response For Life and have a defibrillator on site.

Bellevue Hill Dental

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

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 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