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Upcoming events related to Mackay Institute of Research and Innovation

Current research projects in the Mackay area

  • Is the general population in North Queensland interested in research? - May 25, 2017
    Feeling informed about research correlates with positive attitudes and trust in researchers. Most people perceive that they are clever enough to understand research if given the information. This study aim to clarify if presenting current health related research using a large TV can increase the interest in research.
  • A prevalence study of perinatal depression and associated risk factors - May 19, 2017
    This study will examine rates of perinatal depression in mothers presenting to Mackay Base Hospital obstetrics and gynaecology clinic. Prevalence and severity of depression will be assessed utilizing the patient Edinburgh Depression scores. Risk factors for perinatal depression will be assessed.
  • Mycoplasma genitalium - an emerging STI - May 19, 2017
    Mycoplasma genitalium is an STI. The study found that 4.5% of patients at the Mackay STI clinic who got tested for it during a 15-month period tested positive for the infection. Being
  • Inter-hospital transfer versus in-house catheterisation in Mackay Hospital - May 16, 2017
    This project is concerned with patients who have presented to Mackay Base Hospital with heart attacks. Our project will compare outcomes from patients who were transferred for treatment with patients who are now receiving treatment in the new cardiology facilities in Mackay.
  • North Queensland clinician & patient perspectives about transgender health - May 3, 2017
    There is little known about transgender people in North Queensland; less is known about clinician perspectives and knowledge of this population in general. This project examines attitudes and healthcare-related perspectives of clinicians and transgender people and the influence of the North Queensland location.
  • Who is at risk of developing a wound infection after minor skin surgery? - April 26, 2017
    Infection after minor surgery in general practice is associated with a variety of poor outcomes. To avoid these outcomes, doctors often prescribe antibiotics as a safety net, however there is no evidence to suggest this is the best course of action. This project aims to define risk factors for infection to better guide antibiotic prophylaxis.
  • New tests to reduce antibiotic prescribing for patients with a sore throat - April 12, 2017
    Antibiotic resistance is an increasing problem. There are also emerging evidence suggesting that frequent antibiotic usage may be linked to obesity and subsequent development of type II diabetes. This study aims to investigate a rapid test to detect the sore throat bacteria and its effect on antibiotic prescribing.
  • Evaluation of the TEMSU network - April 5, 2017
    Currently, the TEMSU network is not being used to it´s full potential. The focus of this project is to conduct semi - structured interviews of doctors and nurses to identify barriers to the use of TEMSU and identify enablers which will help increase the uptake of this service.
  • HIV Post-Exposure Prophylaxis: Prescription in Emergency Departments - March 2, 2017
    Current Australian guidelines stipulated by a governing body recommend treatment be offered to specific populations. This study will determine prescription accuracy to recommended populations before and after intervention implementation. Accuracy will be defined as the proportion of scripts that are appropriate according to current guidelines.
  • Low dose of oral steroids in the treatment of swimmers ear - October 13, 2016
    Swimmers ear is a frequent problem worldwide, especially in the tropics. The pain and swelling often makes proper topical treatment difficult. This study aims to evaluate the effect of oral corticosteroids (an anti-inflammatory drug) on swimmers ear.
  • Aqueous versus alcoholic antisepsis with chlorhexidine for skin excisions - September 18, 2016
    Before every surgery, the skin is cleaned with an antiseptic solution to prevent wound infection. At this stage, it is not known which antiseptic solutions are most effective at preventing wound infection. As such, we aimed to compare 2 different antiseptics - alcoholic chlorhexidine and aqueous chlorhexidine in the setting of general practice.
  • Effects and Outcomes of New Diagnostic Criteria for Gestational Diabetes - August 16, 2016
    Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is a relatively common condition occurring during pregnancy. Presence of GDM during pregnancy may be associated with adverse pregnancy outcomes, including large birth weight and newborn low blood sugar. These outcomes could be identified and managed earlier in pregnancy through the diagnosis and treatment of GDM.
  • Vitamin C to reduce pain post distal radius internal or external fixation - June 28, 2016
    Distal radial fractures are one of the most common orthopaedic injuries in Australia. Following fixation, there are significant long term complications that can occur. The compication of pain is a completely separate entity from ‘complex regional pain syndrome’ and is, un-studied in post distal radius fixation patients.
  • Locking volar plate screw placement and loss of radial reduction. - June 28, 2016
    This project aims to investigate the impact of volar-locking distal radius plate screw placement on loss of postoperative reduction in distal radius fractures.
  • Opinions of surgeons about the pressure used during knee arthroscopy - June 27, 2016
    The aim of this project is to survey orthopaedic surgeons and find out their opinions in regards to knee arthroscopy and the pressure of the irrigation fluid during the operation. Objectives are to determine what pressure the surgeons, which method surgeons use to regulate the pressure and if surgeons believe the pressure is important.
  • Genital chlamydia management in General Practice in North Queensland - June 27, 2016
    This study aims to determine whether an education intervention in General Practice would increase the proportion of chlamydia treatment prescribed from 75% to 90%? Secondary aims are to determine what proportion of patients are managed according to the clinical guidelines.
  • Can neonatal hypoglycaemia be prevented by expressed breast-milk? - June 27, 2016
    Gestational diabetes is associated with increased risk of neonatal hypoglycaemia. Antenatal expressed breast milk (EBM) is recommended to prevent hypoglycaemia however there is limited evidence for this practice. We aim explore this association to find out whether antenatal EBM reduces the risk of hypoglycaemia in babies born to mothers with GDM.
  • Shared care using telehealth - June 27, 2016
    The shared care teleoncology model has been operating in cooperation with Townsville Cancer Care since 2007 however, the efficacy of the model has never been evaluated. This study aims to identify the benefits and challenges of the model and explore ways this model of care can be improved, through semistructured interviewing of GPs and patients.
  • Topical antibiotics to prevent wound infection - August 17, 2015
    The project will be in 2 parts. First a Cochrane Review will systematically review the use of topical antibiotics to prevent surgical site infection. Second a cross sectional survey of General Practitioners in Mackay will determine the proportion using topical antibiotics following minor surgery.
  • 25year follow-up of preschool kids to count moles as kids and as adults. - June 25, 2015
    The number of moles we develop as kids is the main cause of melanoma as adults. As the skin cancer capital of the world, we must better understand the link between mole counts as kids and adults to better protect our future generations. This study will count moles of adults whose childhood mole counts are recorded and compare them.

Current research projects in the Mackay area with a waiver of individual consent

  • Mycoplasma genitalium - an emerging STI - May 19, 2017
    Mycoplasma genitalium is an STI. The study found that 4.5% of patients at the Mackay STI clinic who got tested for it during a 15-month period tested positive for the infection. Being
  • Inter-hospital transfer versus in-house catheterisation in Mackay Hospital - May 16, 2017
    This project is concerned with patients who have presented to Mackay Base Hospital with heart attacks. Our project will compare outcomes from patients who were transferred for treatment with patients who are now receiving treatment in the new cardiology facilities in Mackay.
  • Evaluation of the TEMSU network - April 5, 2017
    Currently, the TEMSU network is not being used to it´s full potential. The focus of this project is to conduct semi - structured interviews of doctors and nurses to identify barriers to the use of TEMSU and identify enablers which will help increase the uptake of this service.
  • HIV Post-Exposure Prophylaxis: Prescription in Emergency Departments - March 2, 2017
    Current Australian guidelines stipulated by a governing body recommend treatment be offered to specific populations. This study will determine prescription accuracy to recommended populations before and after intervention implementation. Accuracy will be defined as the proportion of scripts that are appropriate according to current guidelines.
  • Effects and Outcomes of New Diagnostic Criteria for Gestational Diabetes - August 16, 2016
    Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is a relatively common condition occurring during pregnancy. Presence of GDM during pregnancy may be associated with adverse pregnancy outcomes, including large birth weight and newborn low blood sugar. These outcomes could be identified and managed earlier in pregnancy through the diagnosis and treatment of GDM.
  • Locking volar plate screw placement and loss of radial reduction. - June 28, 2016
    This project aims to investigate the impact of volar-locking distal radius plate screw placement on loss of postoperative reduction in distal radius fractures.
  • Can neonatal hypoglycaemia be prevented by expressed breast-milk? - June 27, 2016
    Gestational diabetes is associated with increased risk of neonatal hypoglycaemia. Antenatal expressed breast milk (EBM) is recommended to prevent hypoglycaemia however there is limited evidence for this practice. We aim explore this association to find out whether antenatal EBM reduces the risk of hypoglycaemia in babies born to mothers with GDM.
  • Shared care using telehealth - June 27, 2016
    The shared care teleoncology model has been operating in cooperation with Townsville Cancer Care since 2007 however, the efficacy of the model has never been evaluated. This study aims to identify the benefits and challenges of the model and explore ways this model of care can be improved, through semistructured interviewing of GPs and patients.

Completed research projects in the Mackay area with a waiver of individual consent

  • A Prediction Model to assess the likelihood of caesarean section delivery. - July 3, 2016
    Despite numerous studies focusing on Caesarean Section (CS) we still do not have a universally accepted answer as to what are the major determinants for CS. The project aims to develop a prediction model and analyse current doctors awareness of the determinants and indications for CSD.
  • Detection of Domestic Violence in an Emergency Department. - June 27, 2016
    Domestic violence is highly prevalent, poorly detected and under reported in Emergency Departments. It is associated with a high incidence of subsequent harm if not detected. The study will explore current attitudes held by practitioners in a regional emergency setting and how these views may hinder domestic violence detection.
  • The effect of Cyclone Yasi on Metabolism in people with Type 2 diabetes - June 7, 2015
    This project aims to determine if there was a change in the metabolic parameters of people with Type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM) following Cyclone Yasi. Data regarding diabetes control will be collected from GP databases in the severely affected regions, and compared against two control GPs in Mackay.

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Completed research projects in the Mackay area with a waiver of individual consent

  • A Prediction Model to assess the likelihood of...
    by Danielle Robson, Mackay Base Hospital on July 3, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    Despite numerous studies focusing on Caesarean Section (CS) we still do not have a universally accepted answer as to what are the major determinants for CS. The project aims to develop a prediction model and analyse current doctors awareness of the determinants and indications for CSD. […]

  • Detection of Domestic Violence in an Emergency...
    by Nilu Perera, School of Medicine on June 27, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    Domestic violence is highly prevalent, poorly detected and under reported in Emergency Departments. It is associated with a high incidence of subsequent harm if not detected. The study will explore current attitudes held by practitioners in a regional emergency setting and how these views may […]

  • The effect of Cyclone Yasi on Metabolism in...
    by Xirui Zhang, JCU Medicine on June 7, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    This project aims to determine if there was a change in the metabolic parameters of people with Type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM) following Cyclone Yasi. Data regarding diabetes control will be collected from GP databases in the severely affected regions, and compared against two control GPs in Mackay. […]

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