The Department commissioned an Evaluation of the Public Access Defibrillation Demonstration (the evaluation). The objectives of the evaluation were to:
Consider the effectiveness of the trial implementation, identify issues that arose during the trial and lessons that may be relevant to any future considerations regarding public access defibrillators.
Report on recent international developments and evidence on the public use of AEDs, their contribution to public health and how such programs are operated and funded.
In May 2007 CR&C was commissioned to undertake the evaluation, the key elements of which included:
- A literature review of recent international developments and evidence of the public use of AEDs, their contribution to public health and how such programs are operated and funded
- Initial consultations with key stakeholders such as the peak bodies, consumer groups and relevant emergency service providers
- Site visits involving consultations with managers; trained personnel and lay personnel (those who are not directly involved in the program) working at various AED sites, including a range of different venues such as shopping centres, casinos, airports and sporting venues and
- A Computer Assisted Telephone Interview (CATI) survey of the population of host organisations.