Dr David Farlow
Executive Director Research and Innovation, Mackay Hospital and Health Service.
Associate Professor and Clinical Dean, Mackay Clinical School,
James Cook University School of Medicine and Dentistry.
MBBS DRANZCOG FACRRM GAICD
David first arrived in the MHHS in 1984. David was Executive Director Clinical Services for MHHS from 2007-2015. Prior to that, he provided a broad range clinical service and leadership roles within the Whitsunday Health Service.
He reduced direct patient care over the last 5 years and now has no hands on clinical practice. After taking a 12 month sabbatical in New Zealand with his family in 2015, he moved into a joint role between MHHS focusing on Education and Research development in building the Mackay Institute of Research and Innovation. His conjoint role also includes Clinical Dean role at James Cook University.
His expertise and experience includes undertaking a range of investigations, Service reviews and consultancies for QH. His community achievements include an Australia Day Shire Award in 2008 for his outstanding contribution to the community and a Queensland Health Leadership in Health Services Award in 2007.
David has an Associate Professorial role with James Cook University School of Medicine and Dentistry. In addition to his executive, clinical and community work, David is foremost a family man who enjoys fishing and golfing.
Dr. Alison Pighills
Principal Research Fellow | Research Capacity Development MIRI
Adjunct Associate Professor James Cook University
Associate Professor Alison Pighills is Principal Research Fellow in Research Capacity Development, for Queensland Health, with an adjunct appointment with James Cook University.
In 2005 Alison was awarded a national fellowship to undertake a PhD at the University of York, UK, which she completed in 2008. She conducted a randomised controlled trial (RCT), involving 238 participants, to evaluate the clinical effectiveness of environmental assessment and modification to prevent falls in older people. She was awarded the University of York K M Stott prize for the best PhD thesis in 2008. Alison is currently a co-investigator on a multi-centre RCT in the UK, which aims to recruit 1300 participants and replicates her PhD research, on a larger scale. This research was awarded $1,600,000 funding by the UK National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) in 2016.
Alison’s recent research history includes a RCT and patient and staff qualitative studies to examine the clinical effectiveness and staff / patient perceptions of professional skill sharing. Alison has been using a professional skill sharing and delegation model of care (the Calderdale Framework) for over 7 years and became the first ever Calderdale Framework practitioner in 2012. As such, she is able to train clinicians to facilitate professional skill sharing in their organisations. This involves competency based training of clinicians to enable them to deliver care involving tasks which cross traditional professional boundaries.
Alison worked for the UK National Health Service (NHS) Executive as a Senior Manager, awarding fellowships, research project funding and monitoring research governance. She also worked at a national level in the UK, managing seven NHS research fellowship schemes at the doctoral, post-doctoral and career scientist levels for the NIHR. These fellowships were for allied health professionals (AHPs), medical staff, nurses, information scientists and complementary therapists. Alison developed the Nursing and Allied Health Professions Awards, Complementary and Alternative Medicine Award Scheme and Information Scientist Awards on behalf of the UK Department of Health.
Alison has worked clinically in the UK as an occupational therapist (OT) and latterly as director of therapy services. She has been the OT advisor on international programs and networks, and has been an invited presenter at national and international conferences.
Alison’s main areas of interest are:
- Randomised controlled trials
- Falls prevention
- Rural and remote models of care and integration of primary and secondary care
- Research capacity development
Research Governance and Grants Officer
Katrina is the Research Governance Officer, her role is to deliver high level review and advice on research projects and ensure governance activities and requirements are met. A key aspect of the role is to make sure that researchers doing research in our HHS meet all the HHS, legal and regulatory obligations.
Katrina can provide advice and support on the research process including ethics, project review and more specifically the Site Specific Assessment (SSA) applications which includes legal review in most cases. and will be able to support and assist with regards to research applications and governance.
Clinical Trials Nurse
With a background in paediatric nursing and emergency medicine, Tracy joined MIRI in 2019 as clinical trials nurse. Currently working closely with the anaesthetics department her role includes learning about new trials and the protocol, monitoring workflow in theatre, PACU and on wards to allow trial medication to be administered correctly, collect data and support the trial tribe with recruitment, consent and randomising.
Tracy loves that the interaction with patients and clinicians is positive and enjoys delivering education to the clinicians for the research projects.
Nikki has a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) and a strong administration and office management background. She spent the early years of her career working at Transport for London while travelling through Europe. On her return to Australia Nikki worked in advertising and design agency settings before making a home in Mackay.
Her role is to provide communications management within MIRI and offer support in the operational management of business functions of the team.