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Yesterday Mater celebrated a historic milestone by officially formalising its first-ever ‘sister organisation’ arrangement with a foreign hospital, Taiwan Adventist Hospital.
Testament to the strong and long-standing ties formed between Mater and the Taiwanese community, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed at Taipei Economic and Cultural Office on Edward Street, Brisbane.
The date is a significant one. It marks the 30th anniversary since this valued relationship began, a fitting time to acknowledge, celebrate and formalise with a MOU what has blossomed into a significant bilateral partnership–initiated by Julia Wu of Tzu Chi Foundation and our Sister Angela Mary.
First nurtured by beloved Mater icon, Sister Angela Mary, the close relationship Mater enjoys with the Taiwanese community remains a cherished one. “It’s significant that we are signing this memorandum at a time when healthcare providers are facing the greatest public health challenges of our lifetimes,” Mater CEO, Dr Peter Steer, said.
“Thankfully, both Taiwan and Queensland have risen to the challenge. Taiwan’s health services have performed exceptionally well during this pandemic and its infection rates have been far lower than the rest of the world.
“That is an impressive achievement for a country that never went into lockdown, Taiwan’s medical professionals have been healthcare heroes… protecting their community and saving countless lives.
“I’m especially grateful that the Taiwan Adventist Hospital has shared its operational knowledge and experience of COVID-19 with us here at Mater. That support and insight is invaluable.”
As part of the ongoing engagement with the Taiwanese community, Mater was introduced to Taiwan Adventist Hospital by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, Brisbane which led to a visit by key Mater staff to Taiwan in November 2019.
During 2020, Mater and Taiwan Adventist Hospital shared operational knowledge of how each organisation and country had dealt with COVID-19.
This successful engagement has led to the formalisation of this relationship as ‘sister organisations’ through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).
“Brisbane and Taipei are almost 7000 kilometres apart–but our hospitals have so much in common,” Dr Steer said.
“We share the same values and we both have a long history of service to our communities. We’re both leaders in healthcare innovation and our people strive for excellence in everything they do. I think we’re a perfect match.”