The Cardiovascular Health Mission Expert Advisory Panel has been appointed to provide the Minister for Health with advice on the strategic priorities for research investment through this Mission. Its role is to define evidence and knowledge gaps that should be addressed through Mission research funding to assist in transforming health care and health outcomes for individuals and communities. This role includes the definition of key research questions that, if answered, will deliver meaningful change to patients through the translation of research.

Expert Advisory Panel members will consult and engage with other researchers, industry and consumer/patient groups and participate in media and public activities to build awareness of and facilitate interaction with the Mission and with other MRFF-funded research.

Further information on the roles and responsibilities of MRFF Expert Advisory Panels can be found in the MRFF Mission Governance resource.

The Cardiovascular Health Mission aims to improve health outcomes for patients suffering a heart attack or stroke. This can be achieved through:

  • prevention strategies
  • earlier detection
  • improved outcomes
  • reducing hospitalisations
  • developing clinical trials and new drug therapies
  • using the unique DNA of a patient to develop new therapies
  • investigating why people who don’t lead a unhealthy lifestyle or have a genetic cause suffer heart attacks


The Australian Government appoints the Expert Advisory Panel. It is chaired by an independent Chair and includes members appointed for their expertise in health and cardiovascular disease.


Background and experience

Professor Gemma Figtree (Chair)

Professor Figtree is an interventional cardiologist at Royal North Shore Hospital and a Professor in Medicine at the University of Sydney.

Professor Emily Banks


Professor Banks is a Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health at the Australian National University College of Health and Medicine.

Professor Julie Bernhardt

Professor Bernhardt is the co-leader of The Florey’s Stroke theme and leads the AVERT Early Intervention Research Program at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health.

Professor Dominique Cadilhac

Professor Cadilhac is the Head of Translational Public Health Research Division at the Stroke and Ageing Research Group, Monash University.

Professor Livia Hool

Professor Hool is a professor at the Faculty of Science within the School of Human Services, University of Western Australia.

Dr James Hudson

Dr Hudson is the Group Leader of Organoid Research at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute.

Professor Garry Jennings AO

Professor Jennings is the Chief Medical Advisor of the Heart Foundation.

Dr Ray Mahoney

Dr Mahoney is Senior Research Scientist, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, at the CSIRO.

Mr Chris Nave

Mr Nave is a founding partner of Brandon Capital Partners and Chief Executive Officer of the Medical Research Commercialisation Fund.

Ms Jennifer Tucker

Ms Tucker is an Executive at DuluxGroup Ltd and also a consumer advocate and Board Member of the National Heart Foundation.

Professor David Winlaw

Professor Winlaw is the Head of Cardiac Surgery at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

Terms of reference

We will post terms of reference here when they become available. 


The Cardiovascular Health Mission Expert Advisory Panel meets up to two times a year, with additional meetings held if needed.

Related committees and groups

The Expert Advisory Panel reports to the Minister for Health.

Our Health and Medical Research Office provides secretariat support to the panel.


Cardiovascular Health Mission Expert Advisory Panel contact

Contact for further information on the Cardiovascular Health Mission Expert Advisory Panel. The mission is funded by the Medical Research Future Fund.

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Last updated: 
11 December 2019