The Michael Hughes Foundation is a purposeful Australian social enterprise with a primary mission to Turn Bystanders Into First Responders in out of hospital cardiac arrest events.

Heart Safe Communities

We are focussed on increasing the efficiency and community coordination of individuals when responding to cardiac arrest. Key frameworks that we apply in all of our projects include Basic Life Support (or commonly known as DRSABCD), the Cardiac Chain of Survival and Heart safe Community models.

We provides access to high quality first aid equipment including defibrillators, first aid kits, first aid kits in the workplace and accredited first aid training courses. These services align to our core mission.

The Foundation is a registered Charity with the Australian Charities and Not for Profit Commission, and is a certified Social Enterprise with Social Traders.

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The Cardiac Chain of Survival is Internationally recognised as the definitive steps required to be completed after a person has had a cardiac arrest.

The first four links in the Cardiac Chain of Survival all rely heavily on bystanders to start the process and to do the steps as quickly and as effectively as possible. When the links align, the chance of survival can increase dramatically to more than 60%, compared to 9%.

A community is designated as “HeartSafe” to the extent it has developed and implemented a community action plan that incorporates the elements of the Cardiac Chain of Survival.

The Heart Safe communities model also  focuses on the strategic placement of defibrillators (and maintenance), technology, CPR training, awareness raising, communication channels and community collaboration.

A HeartSafe community can be as small as a sports club or as large as a whole state. Like our Foundation, this initiative solely supports communities and their individual needs to help save lives.

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Kevin McSweeney Chair
Neville Teague Deputy Chair
Tracey Sharman Company Secretary
Julie Hughes Executive Director
Maria Scott Director
Mark Huxley Director
David Hawke Director


Her Excellency, the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC, Governor of New South Wales Vice Regal Patron
Lawrie McKinna, CEO Newcastle Jets Patron
Professor Robert Denniss, Director of Cardiology, Westmead Hospital Patron
Dr Deidre Anderson, DKA Associates Patron
Garry Jack, Rugby League Legend and Cardiac Arrest Survivor Patron

The Whittley Club of NSW Inc obtained a defibrillator through NSW Office of Sport grant program.  The assistance I received from Julie and the organisation was fantastic!  MHF helped guide me through the necessary paperwork and provided our members with thorough training in the use of the equipment.

- Narelle Baglin, Treasurer, Whittley Club NSW Inc.

Our CPR refresher course was great, and Kevin is just awesome! I don’t think we would want anyone else but Kevin from now on, we feel spoilt!

- Baber Rasheed, Community First Step, Fairfield

I just completed my HLTAID003 Provide First Aid course. It was the best first aid training I have ever done. Charnan is a fantastic trainer with such a wealth of experience.

- Karen Hope, General Manager People, Culture and Youth Programs, PCYC NSW

Since 2016, Stellar Learning has used Michael Hughes Foundation for all our first aid training. Our trainer Kevin is amazing… Not only does he do First Aid courses, he is a paramedic and very hands on. Kevin explains things in an easy manner and helps everyone throughout the course. I would recommend him and the Foundation to any business wanting to host a first aid course.

- Liv Taylor, Stellar Learning Group

Thank you MHF! Your first aid and CPR training were fantastic. We love your presenters because they always make the training so interesting for our staff by sharing real life knowledge and experience. Keep up the great work.

- Michelle Hanley, Risk Manager & State Member Protection Officer, Football NSW

The impact on each parent that has attended this course is immeasurable. The participants now have the skills to be able to stay calm and administer First Aid if faced with an emergency. This training has also enabled the participants to update skills for work or to help secure employment.

- Catherine Gregory, Hilltop Road Public School
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