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Leading not-for-profit healthcare provider, Mater, has renewed its Major Partnership with Touch Football Australia (TFA) in a move that will enable both organisations to continue to engage local communities in healthy activity and advice.

As a Major Partner for the past two years, Mater has been instrumental in the development of a number of Touch Football Australia’s health policies. In supporting community safety and wellbeing during COVID-19, the two organisations worked together to create and endorse Touch Football’s safe Return-to-Play Guidelines.

Mater’s Director of Infectious Diseases, Dr Paul Griffin, personally reviewed and endorsed TFA’s Return-to-Play Protocols and Guidelines, a move that provided reassurance and confidence to the Touch Football community and also enabled Mater to provide expert health advice and leadership to the community, a key focus of the organisation.

Mater’s further commitment to TFA means the organisation will continue to focus on providing health information and services to local communities. Leveraging Touch Football’s significant community engagement, digital reach and event footprint to build awareness, Mater hopes to positively impact the health of the community.

TFA CEO Jamie O’Connor thanked Mater for their highly valued support of Touch Football. “We are extremely grateful for Mater’s continued support of Touch Football," he said.  

“Mater has provided phenomenal support to our organisation and community, especially during the pandemic, providing expert advice around policy and reassuring our community in terms of their safe return to participation, which despite the pandemic, saw a 6% growth in junior players, which is remarkable.  

“We look forward to continuing to drive value for Mater, expanding our community health initiatives and working together to provide joint professional development opportunities across our organisations.”

Chief Executive Officer of Mater, Dr Peter Steer, said it was a pleasure to extend the partnership with TFA and continue to contribute to the health and wellbeing of Australians.

“Mater has been focused on providing care and support to our community for more than 100 years. Our partnership with TFA enables us to reach further into the community in a more accessible, contemporary way. We want to share our expertise to help improve the health and wellbeing of Touch Football’s more than 700,000 players across Australia.

“As like-minded, community-focused organisations, our partnership works really well to benefit players and their communities Australia-wide.”

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