About us

Established in 2016 by SCAD Heart Attack survivors, SCAD Research Inc. is a non-government funded charity dedicated to changing the outcome for SCAD Heart Attack sufferers across Australia. Founded and run by heart attack survivors, we are on a mission to improve the diagnosis, treatment and survival rates for every Mum, sister, Dad, brother or friend who suffers a heart attack – to save their life and minimise the chances of recurrence.

Our strategic objectives are to:

  1. Generate awareness & educate people about SCAD Heart Attacks  
  2. Raise much needed funds for medical research into the optimal diagnosis, treatment, and ultimately prevention of SCAD Heart Attacks. To date we’ve donated over $235,000 to SCAD Medical Studies 
  3. Support SCAD survivors by providing up to date information about Living with SCAD Heart Attacks, resources to support their recovery, and opportunities to connect
Founding Committee for SCAD Research Inc 2017.

Research & Advocacy

The team at SCAD Research Australia, together with SCAD Heart Attack Survivors across Australia are proud to attend medical industry events, forums and conferences to share SCAD Stories and raise the profile of SCAD Heart Attacks within the medical community. These have included:

  • Jen O’Neil sharing her SCAD story at the VCCRI 2024 IWD Fundraising Event, and as an ambassador for Heart Research Australia’s Red Feb 2022
  • The Heart Foundation’s Women & Heart Forum in 2017 and 2019
  • Speaking at the ACRA (Australian Cardiac Rehab) NSW & ACT Conference in 2016,17,18, including a panel of SCAD survivors answering questions at the University of Sydney in 2016. We have also supported ACRA and distributed SCAD information packs at these events, including in 2023.
  • Attending the NSW Cardiac Research Network Showcase & Awards Ceremony 2018 as a guest of the National Heart Foundation
  • Speaking on SCAD in the NSW Nurses Education Program in 2018
  • Jen O’Neil speaking at Gosford Womens Heart Event for the Heart Foundation
  • Attending the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute women’s heart lunch 2019 where survivor Liza was interviewed by M.C. Edwina Bartholomew
  • Attending & Speaking on behalf of SCAD Heart Attack survivors at the RNS Media Conference where Minister Greg Hunt announced NSW funding


SCAD Research Inc continues to apply for community, government and private grants to fund SCAD communication and to build resources. We have successfully been awarded:

  • Donation of $3k from the News Corp Employee Nominated Grants Program in 2023
  • SCAD Survivor Jillian named as the Sunbites Good Fuel Fund local charity hero Aug 2022 with a $25k donation to SCAD Research Inc
  • SCAD Research Inc board member Jo awarded $3k grant for SCAD Research from AMP in 2022 as part of their Unsung Hero Program
  • Women & Heart Disease Grant from the Heart Foundation to create and run SCAD awareness video in NSW.
  • Community Underwriting Insurance $2k grant to run SCAD video in other states across Australia
  • AMP Foundation grant for $5k in both 2020 and 2021 which has funded this website, SCAD branded merchandise, event signage & Fundraising kits
  • IMB Community Foundation grant for $10k to fund SCAD Resource kits for patients and medical professionals including patient brochures

The SCAD Video has now been seen by over 176.9k people via social media and online advertising .

If you would like a SCAD Survivor or member of SCAD Research Inc. to share their experience or educate your team or organisation about SCAD Heart Attacks, please email us here.

Who We Are

SCAD Research Inc Australia is led by Founder & President Sarah Ford, with Ian Naylor GAICD as Secretary, Sidney Ford as Treasurer and management committee of Jillian Coe (SCAD Survivor), Jen O’Neill (SCAD Survivor), Lynne Clark (SCAD Survivor), Leisa Healy, Angela Hehir, Sondra Wolfenden and Mel Watsford. We’d also like to acknowledge our Founding Members Tito, Tanya, Jo and Neil who continue to provide support.

With Members from across Australia, SCAD Research Inc is supported by State Based co-ordinators who run our major fundraisers – 5k SCADaddles for Research: Jane & Luisa (Brisbane), Alison, Tito, Tanya (Melbourne), Jill (Hobart), Lynne (Launceston), Sarah (Sydney), Jen (Central Coast), Rachael (Nowra) who are all SCAD Heart Attack Survivors and Michelle (Sunshine Coast), a long time supporter and Cardiac Nurse.


Get in touch

To get in touch with SCAD Research Australia email here.

Join the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute SCAD Study via email here.

Join the Mayo Clinic SCAD Study via email here

Contact the Australian Cardiovascular Health & Rehabilitation Association  on +612 9431 8653

Our sister charity SCAD Research Inc U.S. http://scadresearch.org/

If you or someone you know experience any heart attack symptoms call Triple Zero (000) immediately if you’re in Australia, dial 911 in the U.S. or your local emergency number.