Ambassadors for cardiovascular research chief justice Wayne Martin (left) and sports legends Ric Charlesworth, John Inverarity and Dennis Cometti

Foursome adds research muscle

The Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research is on a major fundraising drive to bolster cardiovascular research in Western Australia, to further localise study of this major killer and head off a leakage in philanthropic donations to eastern states institutions.

Targeting $10 million to fund two high-level research efforts, Perkins last month appointed Girish Dwivedi as WA’s first Wesfarmers chair in cardiovascular disease. This month, it ramped up efforts for a second raising, which is understood to be already near half of its $5 million goal.

An ambassadorial quartet, each with their own brush with cardiovascular disease, is helping boost the institute’s drive. The four are: Olympic hockey player and coach Ric Charlesworth and sports broadcaster Dennis Cometti, who both lost their fathers early in their lives; Test cricketer John Inverarity, whose father also suffered from heart issues; and Chief Justice Wayne Martin, who has had his own related health scare.


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