A gift in the future – for a better future


Heart Research Australia supports research into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart disease and the goal is to reduce the devastating impact heart disease has on families and the community. Despite terrific advances, heart disease is still the number one killer of Australians. 

As first-stage research does not qualify for government funding, Heart Research Australia relies on support from generous donors so our researchers can transform their ideas into life-saving treatments that can benefit future generations of Australians.

A gift in your Will, no matter how large or even as small as 1% of your estate, is one of the most valuable ways to help pioneering heart research continue well into the future.

In the video below you will hear from some of our supporters and why they have chosen to leave a gift in their Will to Heart Research Australia.


How to leave a gift in your Will

Our brochure “A Will to Beat Heart Disease” gives more information about our work, about the type of gifts, legal information and suggested wording.

Some easy steps to make or update your Will:

  • Ensure your loved ones are provided for and consider the type of gift you would like to leave to Heart Research Australia.
  • Seek legal advise to write or update your Will.
  • Use the correct wording. Click here for suggested wording. 
  • Sign your Will (while witnessed)
  • Please let us know. We would love the opportunity to thank you and keep you informed.

Our Free Will Planning information pack  may also help you to collect the right paperwork and make decisions before speaking with a professional to make your Will. The pack includes a Will planning guide, bequest brochure and information about our latest research.

For more information click here


Heart Research Australia is a member of Include a Charity


We would love to hear from you.  If you have any questions at all, would like to discuss your wishes, or inform us of your bequest, or receive a physical brochure in the mail then please contact:

Diane van de Merwe, Philanthropy Manager 

Phone  (02) 9436 0056
Email [email protected]


Become a “Breakthrough Partner”

If you have left a gift in your Will, then we would love to hear from you so we can thank you and keep you informed. You will receive our newsletters about the latest research and invitations to occasional events.

Read more about some other “Breakthrough Partners” who have left a gift in their Will.

“I had a mitral heart valve operation back in 1995 at Royal North Shore Hospital. Not only was I very happy with the result, I was also interested and impressed by the innovative research being undertaken by Heart Research Australia – or, as it was known back then – the North Shore Heart Research Foundation.

I decided to support through regular contributions. My wife and I also made the decision to include a gift in our Wills to Heart Research Australia.

Advances in heart research made my successful heart surgery possible. Twenty-five years later I’m still enjoying good health, and I’m still running! It is wonderful to know that my legacy will help fund future advances and could save lives.” Peter Gentry

“I have been a regular donor to Heart Research Australia for several years. My father and several grandparents died early due to Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) so I have a special interest in the causes, lifestyle factors, treatment and prevention.

As a high school PDHPE teacher, I am aware that CVD is still the major cause of death in Australia and as such affects a majority of the population, either directly or indirectly. I believe that research into prevention and early intervention is vital so after reading and hearing more about the research, focus and clinical stories from Heart Research Australia, I decided that I needed to take my commitment to another level and include a bequest in my will.

It is a real privilege to be able to provide financial support to such an invaluable organisation, which is devoted to ensuring a better quality of life for Australians of all ages, now and into the future.” Catherine Gray 


“My life was almost cut short by a heart attack back in 2006. I survived thanks to research funded by Heart Research Australia – but sadly, not everyone is as lucky as me.

As the proud grandfather, I want to do whatever I can to ensure that by the time they are my age, people will no longer have their lives cut short by heart disease. That’s why I made the decision to leave a gift to Heart Research Australia in my Will.”
Chris Russell 


“My grandfather and great grandfather both died of heart attacks in their 70s. When my dad was the same age, his hereditary heart condition was diagnosed and he was successfully treated with open heart surgery. He went on to enjoy a further 10 happy and productive years, due to advances made possible through heart research.

I’m leaving a gift in my Will to Heart Research Australia to say thanks for those extra years we spent with my dad.”

Want to learn more about Heart Research Australia and what we do?

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