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Current research projects in the Mackay area

  • A randomised controlled trial of ice to reduce the pain of immunisation - August 21, 2019
    Pain is a major adverse effect associated with vaccination. Ice may be used to reduce pain. This prospective randomised controlled trial (RCT) aims to investigate the effects of applying an ice pack prior to immunisation on the outcome of pain in medical students receiving their flu vaccines.
  • Understanding the clinical detection of brain injury in children - August 21, 2019
    Our study will focus on understanding the clinical detection of mild TBI and working towards developing a common set of tools and assessments for mTBI that can be utilised by clinicians in the acute setting.
  • Management of allergic rhinitis in children - August 21, 2019
    This project explores the detection and management of allergic rhinitis (AR) in the paediatric population in a GP setting. The study will investigate the routine screening practices general practitioners (GPs) have for AR. Using a diagnostic checklist as a tool, the project aims to estimate a prevalence of AR in the Mackay region. .
  • Does 3D printing increase consistency of humeral fracture classification? - August 10, 2019
    Classification of shoulder fractures has poor reproducibility. This study will investigate if 3D printing can improve the reproducibility in comparison to current imaging methods. To do this specialist doctors will classify 30 fractures by look at a 3D model, 2D CT scan, 3D CT scan and x-rays of each fracture.
  • North Queensland clinician & patient perspectives about transgender health - July 26, 2019
    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.
  • What do women know about cervical cancer and it´s screening? - April 9, 2019
    In December 2017 the government renewed the National Cervical Cancer Screening Program. This project will attempt to gauge the understanding and knowledge of cervical cancer screening of female patients from selected Mackay general practices.
  • Strength with Immersion Model (SwIM) - March 26, 2019
    The aim of this study is to evaluate the integration of new graduate midwives into continuity of care programs with public maternity services in Queensland, Australia utilising a mixed methods realistic evaluation design.
  • A rapid test to detect bacteria in patients with a sore throat - February 19, 2019
    Doctors can find it difficult to determine if a patient with a sore throat is ill from a virus (won´t benefit from antibiotics) or from a bacteria (may benefit from antibiotics). Inspecting the throat is not much better than flipping a coin. This project aims to evaluate the usefulness of a modern test identifying bacteria in only 8 minutes.
  • Towards computational modelling of skin cancer risk - June 18, 2018
    Radiation exposure is a carcinogenic risk factor and clothing provides a physical barrier that reduces the amount of radiation reaching the skin. This project will study the sun protection factor of clothing, considering body surface area covered and material properties, using digital human modelling methods to support modelling of skin cancer risk
  • The management of maternity leave and return to work policies for AHP - March 25, 2018
    The management of maternity leave and return to work policies for AHP in Queensland Health Hospitals. This includes the organisation of work to accommodate flexible working arrangements (FWA) i.e. part-time hours
  • HIV PrEP and PEP: Knowledge and Attitudes in North Queensland - February 20, 2018
    Current Australian guidelines stipulated by a governing body recommend treatment be offered to specific populations. This study will determine PEP prescription accuracy before and after intervention implementation. The project will also assess knowledge and attitudes towards HIV PEP in emergency physicians and PrEP in primary care physicians.
  • Mycoplasma genitalium - an emerging STI - January 16, 2018
    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
  • Does treatment of tongue tie in infants change long term outcomes - January 7, 2018
    Tongue tie is believed to have effects on breast feeding, swallowing, speech development, maxillofacial development and development of sleep disordered breathing. Tongue tie treatment is considered an invasive procedure by some and there is discordance in the medical profession regarding when infants might benefit from undergoing this treatment.
  • Long term antipsychotic medication, how well are we doing?? - October 26, 2017
    Clozapine is a treatment indicated Schizophrenia when others have failed, however, it is associated with serious side effects, requiring strict mandatory monitoring, we will attempt to see evaluate how well we are doing with our Clozapine program, and its benefit in long term use.
  • The use of a internet-connected monitor/camera in emergency eye patients. - October 2, 2017
    A magnifying camera especially designed for eye examination will be used in an emergency department to improve the initial assessment of patients with eye problems. The photos and measurements will be sent to an eye specialist who can give advice to the treating doctor. The effectiveness of this system will be measured.
  • Can neonatal hypoglycaemia be prevented by expressed breast-milk? - September 8, 2017
    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.
  • Prevalence of unjustified emergency department x-ray examinations - June 25, 2017
    Medical imaging requests must justify the risk of ionising radiation against the benefit of the examination. Up to 77% of diagnostic medical imaging examinations are considered inappropriate or unnecessary. This project will investigate the rate of unjustified examinations that are performed at a regional hospital.
  • Video calls to help a remote area nurse to care for emergency patients. - June 19, 2017
    This study uses several methods to look at a before-and-after scenario in a remote area, focussing on the use of vedeocalling by a nurse practitioner to get help with emergency patients, and how that affected their experience, and how many patients were sent from the remote area to a bigger hospital.
  • screening for high cholesterol in general practice - June 8, 2017
    This project involves identifying and treating patients with very high cholesterol in general practice
  • Use of topical antibiotics on surgical wounds - a systematic review - May 20, 2017
    Use of topical antibiotics on surgical wounds - a systematic review
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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

  • Clinician perceptions of the barriers and enablers to utilizing TEMSU - May 23, 2018
    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.
  • Effects and Outcomes of New Diagnostic Criteria for Gestational Diabetes - October 17, 2017
    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.
  • 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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