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Mater receives $1 million donation for neonatal research team

Mater receives $1 million donation for neonatal research team

Gold Coast businessman, Terry Jackman has presented Mater Foundation with a $1 million donation to set up a fund in honour of Sister Angela Mary, administrator of Mater hospitals for 22 years and a figure synonymous with Mater.

Mr Jackman, a former Tourism Queensland chairman who formed Pacific Cinemas Pty Ltd in 1989 and is well-known for his role in securing investment for the original Crocodile Dundee movie, will provide the gift to Mater to set up the Sister Angela Mary fund which in turn will be used to fund a position in Neonatal Nursing at Mater.

Mater CEO Dr John O’Donnell said Mater is a leader in the field of neonatology research and currently cares for more than 2000 seriously ill babies a year.

“The funding will support the role of a senior researcher in neonatal nursing, aptly named the Jackman Chair, to provide a welcome addition to the team and provide leadership and strong collaboration with other research groups both nationally and internationally,” Dr O’Donnell said.

“The position will join the successful neonatal research team at Mater Research to help identify the most effective ways of managing sick and preterm infants and will also be funded by the Australian Catholic University.”

After stepping down from her administrator role at Mater, Sister Angela Mary served in various executive roles and has remained closely involved with the organisation.  She has known Mr Jackman throughout his life and was close friends with Mr Jackman’s mother.

Aside from his roles in cinema and tourism, Mr Jackman has shown concern for teenagers on the verge of homelessness and as a result helped build up Northcliffe and Mermaid Surf Clubs to provide an alternative outlet for this age group.  He received an AM in 2003 and was declared a Queensland Great in 2005.

Sister Angela Mary said she was overwhelmed at Mr Jackman’s generous donation.

“I am humbled and deeply grateful to Terry for this incredible gift to Mater which will go towards funding research and a greater understanding of neonatal care which has the potential to impact not just patients and families at Mater but the wider community,” Sister Angela Mary said.

Executive Director of Mater Foundation Nigel Harris said the donation would make a huge difference to many lives.

“Terry’s donation of $1 million to Mater Foundation is a remarkable gift and will be used to ensure a safer, more comfortable environment for babies and parents in our neonatal nurseries ensuring our youngest patients have the best possible start to life.”