The Michael Hughes Foundation is a verifying organisation for the Good Sam App, technology that assists connecting communities to respond to cardiac arrest – whilst making the link with Ambulance services in Australia.

Good Sam was developed in the UK and is currently being utilised by Ambulance services in Australia, most notably Ambulance Victoria.

This system allows for:

  • Registration of trained community members in CPR and first aid
  • Mapping and connecting defibrillators
  • Notifications for Alert and Respond communication channels for real life events
  • Support for the development of HeartSafe Communities

Sign up as a Responder in your Local Community

To register yourself as a responder, visit When completing the form:

  • Ensure you select Australia
  • Then Australia: Michael Hughes Foundation.

We will be able to verify your application within 72 hours.

Applications are welcomed from medically trained professionals including:

  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Paramedics
  • Ambulance Technicians
  • Firefighters
  • Police Officers
  • Community First Responders
  • First Aiders
  • Medical/Paramedical Students. 

For community first responders, you must:

  • Be over the age of 18 years
  • Have current first aid qualifications (HLTAID001, HLTAID003 or HLTAID004)
  • Ensure your training is completed face to face (not online)
  • Ensure your qualifications remain current
  • Opt in to be a responder

You can also sign up as an Aleter for this system –

Visit or go to your app store to download Good Sam to your phone or connected device.

Register a Defibrillator

Direct from the Good Sam App, you will be able to register a defibrillator. This is an important step in order to know where defibrillators are placed and the coverage across our communities.

Emergency + App

MHF also recommends the T​he Emergency + app. It tells users when they should call Triple Zero (000) and who to call in different non-emergency situations. It also helps dial the number and shows the phone’s GPS coordinates for the caller to read out to the operator.

Click here to for more information.

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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