New world-first research into the social, biological, psychological, and financial impact of COVID-19 on Queensland families is being undertaken as part of our ongoing partnership with The Mater Foundation. 

The Mater Foundation has a charitable history spanning over 100 years and through its work, the Mater hospitals, health and education centers, and research teams have continued to deliver vital services and care to Queensland families. 

Through Golden Casket, we are proud to have supported Mater in their journey, contributing $500,000 a year.

As far back as 1921, Queensland’s official lotteries have helped fund Mater’s important health initiatives and in 1991 established a long-lasting relationship centered on helping our local communities. 

Over the past 29 years, Golden Casket has provided $14.5 million to Mater’s research programs, which improve the health of Queenslanders at all stages of their lives. Just last year we were thrilled to donate to Mater’s Fertility Service program to bring new hope to Australian families struggling to conceive. 

Now in 2020, Mater has a unique opportunity to contribute to Australian research on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In a new research endeavor, the team are recruiting over 300 family participants across a wide demographic range, to determine and characterise the impacts of COVID-19.

The information collected will be compared to previous research conducted by Mater prior to the pandemic. By comparing the data from before and after the outbreak of COVID-19, the team will gain insight into how the pandemic has affected different aspects of family well-being. 

The research is one-of-a-kind in Australia. 

Not only will it capture the impact of the pandemic, it also aims to provide important insight into how a health crisis may induce stress during pregnancy and how that influences the long-term health outcomes of the child. 

We are proud to support the Mater Foundation and research team in this project.

Stay tuned for further updates!