Research takes off across the health service

Research has launched to new heights with 41 research projects taking off across the Mackay Hospital and Health Service this year.

Mackay now exceeds other regional Hospital and Health Services in research numbers, punching above its weight and only behind much bigger centres such as the metros, Cairns and Townsville.

MIRI Research Governance and Grants Officer Carley Radel said prior to MIRI the number of research projects in the health service averaged around 19 per year.

“It is absolutely fantastic to see the number of research projects across the health service more than double compared with the previous six years,” she said.

“Navigating the pathways of governance and ethics can be a difficult process and can turn a lot of researchers off before they even begin.

“Having the support there for staff through MIRI provides our researchers with the opportunity to turn their ideas into reality.”

The number of projects rolling out across the health service shows no signs of slowing down with many in the pipeline currently undergoing the ethics approval process.

“If you’ve got an idea for a research project that could improve patient care on the ground be brave, dive in and float your idea,” she said.

“MIRI are here to support health service staff improve the care of our patients and communities by implementing the latest clinical knowledge into practice.”

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