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Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are research investigations that people can volunteer to help test new treatments, interventions or tests to prevent, detect, treat or manage various diseases or medical conditions. 

They are essential to the development of new interventions, without clinical trials we cannot properly determine whether new medicines developed in the laboratory are effective or safe, or whether a diagnostic test works properly in a clinical setting.

There is a growing number of clinical trials running across several clinical areas at Mackay Base Hospital. The MIRI Research Support Unit provide knowledge and support to help facilitate clinical research across our Health Service.

Whether you are a staff member wanting to conduct a trial or a consumer interested in clinical trials, your involvement in clinical research will help improve health care services across our region.


Microbio InfectID

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.

Anaesthetist with patient


Researchers at Mackay Base Hospital are taking part in an international study, examining whether the humble stick of chewing gum may be more effective than drugs in relieving post-surgery nausea.

Man receiving renal treatment


The PHOSPHATE trial will evaluate whether lowering blood phosphate levels in end-stage kidney disease would reduce death or major events due to heart disease, improve physical health, and be cost-effective.