Precinct with Cardiac Power

Precinct with Cardiac Power

Interview with Dominic Sullivan, Director, Payce Consolidated
Extract: MHF Life, 1st Edition, 2018
Publishing Partner: Access News

When the new Melrose Park development is unveiled in 2020, it’s envisioned the Western Sydney suburb will be transformed into a cosmopolitan neighbourhood of beautiful homes, public spaces and a vibrant shopping and dining precinct.

But the thoughtfully planned project will also incorporate potentially lifesaving devices that could make the difference between life and death.

Payce Consolidated, the development company behind the Melrose Park renewal project near Parramatta, said automated external defibrillators would be strategically placed throughout the precinct’s public and private spaces in a bid to offer first aid to people suffering sudden cardiac arrest.

Critical timing

“We’re aware of how serious cardiac arrest is and how critical the response time is,” Payce director Dominic Sullivan said. “We want to integrate defibrillators in both the private and public areas so that they are easily accessible throughout the precincts.”

Mr Sullivan said Payce had incorporated Smart City initiatives in many of its developments – like the latest advanced technologies that drive liveability – but Melrose Park would be the first of its projects to include defibrillators.

“We’ve been delivering Smart City solutions for a while but this is a real opportunity to add health to that mix,” he said.

“The Foundation will play a significant role in deciding the best locations for the defibrillators and letting the community know where they are and of course in educating people in their use.

“We believe that with some planning, and by planning well, this could be a great opportunity to create something unique.”

Michael Hughes Foundation executive director Julie Hughes said Payce’s support of cohesive communities made it an ideal partner to establish a “heart safe” community at Melrose Park – an initiative to create a safe working and living place with access to defibrillators.

About 80 per cent of cardiac arrests occur in the home and, sadly, the survival rate is lower for patients who live in high rise developments. Building access issues and elevator delays add to the challenge of paramedics reaching a cardiac arrest patient in a multi-storey building in an already time sensitive crisis.

More than apartments

“Time is always of the essence when cardiac arrest occurs but particularly so when they occur in high rise developments which really does mean that community based intervention before emergency services arrive is critical,” Mrs Hughes said.

With prompt CPR and early defibrillation to shock the heart, the chances of someone surviving an out of hospital cardiac arrest could increase to more than 60 to 70 per cent.

It’s a statistic Mr Sullivan understands well and why Payce has embraced the opportunity to help avoid devastating tragedies.

“We’re building more than just apartments. We plan for the required hard infrastructure like roads and sewers but we also focus on the soft infrastructure, the things that are important to the way people live their lives, and health is an important part of that,” he said.

“This is one of many great community partnerships we have and we hope the legacy is a great outcome for the community.”

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