The Mackay Institute of Research and Innovation (MIRI) is a research, implementation and innovation centre within the Mackay Hospital and Health Service (MHHS).

Our goal is to facilitate research, drive innovation and support the delivery of evidence and value-based, patient-centred care across the Health Service. 

MIRI facilitates the collaboration between clinicians, educators, researchers and academics to enable the evidence base for best practice, innovative service delivery, to improve the health outcomes for our region.

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Site Specific Authorisations approved 20/21
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Choosing Wisely Champions Across MHHS
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Successful MIRI Grant Applications Awarded
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What We Do

Enable excellence in regional research, digital and virtual innovation, medical education and translation into high quality patient-centred and evidence-based care to improve outcomes for our communities.

Who We Are

We are a dedicated, passionate team supporting the staff across the Mackay Hospital and Health Service in their research and innovation endeavours.

What We've Done

We have enabled a collaborative, integrated approach to accelerate the translation of research into education and clinical practice. 

In the Spotlight

Mackay on world stage in sepsis diagnosis research

World-first research to rapidly diagnose sepsis-causing blood stream infections was launched at Mackay Base Hospital’s Pathology Queensland laboratory today.

Microbio’s InfectID-BSI (blood stream infection) assay uses PCR testing to find the DNA of bacteria and yeast to allow clinicians to prescribe specific antimicrobials.

Currently blood samples are cultured for 12 hours or longer to see what bacteria or yeast grows.

Researcher Professor Flavia Huygens said it was hoped clinical trials would show her assay produced a result in three hours from collection of the blood sample.

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