Mackay Institute of Research and Innovation (MIRI)

Mackay Hospital and Health Service, Queensland Health, Queensland Government

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MIRI is a health service-led translational research and innovation centre, collaborating with a range of external partners, to lead cutting edge research and innovation with the aim of improving health care for our regional communities. The Institute supports programs of health research in local and regional priority areas (occupational Health and Safety, rural models of care, workforce redesign, service innovation, sexual health, mental health, obesity, substance abuse and skin cancer) and facilitates research implementation through clinical trial capacity, academic support and research governance processes. The MIRI, co-located with James Cook University, is based within a 163 bedded regional hospital in northern Queensland, servicing a population of around 180,424. The institute has access to patients within a variety of specialties (medical, surgical, emergency, obstetrics, paediatrics, specialist outpatient clinics, mental health, critical care and clinical support services).


Key science sectors

Strengths and capabilities

  • Research in best practive rural and remote health care

Facilities and major equipment

  • Clinical trials
  • Network of over 10 rural and remote health centres

Number of research staff

Up to 20 research staff


475 Bridge Road, Mackay QLD 4740

Organisation type

  • Queensland Government - Agency

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