Role

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 make transformative improvements in heart and vascular health and stroke for all Australians. 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.

Members

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

Member

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 public health physician and epidemiologist, leading the Epidemiology for Policy and Practice Group at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health at the Australian National University.

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 the Head of the Cardiovascular Electrophysiology Laboratory at the 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.

Terms of reference

Purpose of the Panel

The Mission Expert Advisory Panel will provide the Minister for Health advice on the strategic priorities for research investment through this Mission.

The role of the Expert Advisory Panel 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.

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.

Membership

The Expert Advisory Panel will be chaired by Professor Gemma Figtree.

Key deliverables

The Expert Advisory Panel will provide advice on priorities for research investment through the Mission by developing a Roadmap and Implementation Plan, including 2–3 questions/goals that investment through the Mission will support and be evaluated against.

Roadmap

A two-page high level strategic document for the Mission which will include:

  • the aim, vision and goals for the Mission
  • possible themes and priorities for investment.

Implementation plan

To support implementation of the Roadmap, the Expert Advisory Panel will develop an Implementation Plan to outline:

  • 2–3 questions/goals that will outline specifically how the Mission will benefit Australian patients, guide the investment priorities that will achieve this objective, and be used to evaluate the ongoing progress of the Mission
  • priorities for investment, particularly defining research questions and outcomes for short, medium and long term investment
  • opportunities for leveraging additional investment through philanthropy and other sectors, to support achievement of the Mission’s outcomes
  • activities required to support the Mission’s outcomes, and facilitate their longer term implementation, including community and industry engagement.

Public consultation

A public consultation will be undertaken on the Roadmap and Implementation Plan to enable broad engagement on the priority setting process. The themes of feedback provided on the Roadmap and Implementation Plan, and how the feedback has been incorporated, will be published on the Mission website.

Meetings

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

Related committees and groups

The Cardiovascular Health Mission Expert Advisory Panel reports to the Minister for Health.

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

Contact

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.

MRFF [at] health.gov.au

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Last updated: 
4 January 2021