Mackay leaps ahead to link research with patient care

Medical research and innovation stepped up to a new level in north Queensland with the launch of MIRI at Mackay Base Hospital. The Mackay Institute of Research and Innovation went live at an event attended by more than 60 clinicians and supporters. MIRI is unique in regional Queensland and not only drives local research but connects research with national partners. Speaking at the launch Dr David Farlow said the real beneficiaries of MIRI would be patients.

“The Institute is two main arms; one is significant research, not just locally but nationally with our external partners. The other is innovation with a big focus on translational science which is improving patient care through productivity, safety and better ways of doing business,” he said.

MIRI is a partnership between Mackay HHS, James Cook University and the Tropical Australian Academic Heath Centre.

“Before we launched today we have had researchers who have been working hard almost by themselves for example Dr Herwig Drobetz doing research into 3D printing to help improve outcomes for trauma patients. He is just one researcher who will benefit from the support of MIRI.”

Dr Farlow thanked the Mackay Hospital and Health Board for its support.
“The Mackay Hospital and Health Board saw what needed to be done for the future. The ability to invest in research and innovation our board had that vision and had supported that. Without this nothing would have happened. Today we believe is the start in a change in culture on the floor for all clinicians and support staff who focus on innovation and better ways of doing business. A big part of the MIRI is the good quality clinicians – medical, nursing, allied health – and other support services.”

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