Our Ambassadors

We have established a program in which a small number of high profile people from various walks of life – sports, entertainment, business, politics, are appointed as Ambassadors for the Centre.

Our Ambassadors are people who have directly experienced cardiovascular events, or whose families have been affected by such events, or who simply have a commitment to the work of the Centre.


Paul Sheahan

Paul Sheahan

Andrew Paul Sheahan AM is a former Australian Test cricketer who played 31Tests and 3 One Day Internationals between 1967 and 1973. He made his first-class debut in 1965 for the Victorian Sheffield Shield team against New South Wales, made his Test debut the following year against India and retired from Test cricket at 26 to concentrate on his teaching career. Educated at the University of Melbourne, he was Headmaster of Melbourne Grammar School from 1995 to 2009, having been Principal of his old school Geelong College from 1986 to 1995, and Housemaster of Manifold House, Geelong Grammar School. He held the post of Vice President of the Melbourne Cricket Club from 2003 until he was elected President in 2011. Paul currently plays regional club cricket in Geelong, for local team Newtown & Chilwell, alongside family members.
In the January 2014 Australia Day Honours List Paul was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) “For significant service to secondary education as a teacher, and through roles with sporting, charitable and community organisations.” He was Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Director from 1998 to 2000, a member of Australian Drug Foundation Board from 2004 to 2006, and has been a member of the Victoria Police Operations Standing Committee Board since 2004.
Dr Mirella Di Benedetto

Jeff Waters

Jeff Waters is a Melbourne-based journalist and media consultant. He has held various senior positions within the media – most recently as Senior Correspondent in Victoria for ABC News. Jeff suffered an out of hospital cardiac arrest collapsing in front of his wife, who is a doctor, and was lucky enough to enjoy perfect cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) until the ambulance arrived. Eventually two ambulance teams and two response groups from the local fire station battled for 56 minutes before they got a heartbeat. When they got Jeff to hospital his heart stopped several moretimes. Then, within a week of discharge from hospital he had another heart attack. Jeff eventually pulled through and these days does voluntary work for the Heart Foundation and the Men’s Shed Movement, highlighting the need for recognition of the outcomes of cardiac arrest, including depression and anxiety. He is the author of Every Beat of My Heart: An ABC Journalist’s Journey From Death. He is a consumer representative onthe Australian Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium (Aus-ROC), an NH&MRC Centre of Excellence.