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Health Innovation, Investment and Research Office

The Health Innovation, Investment and Research Office (HIIRO), within Prevention Division, Queensland Department of Health, aims to improve the health and wellbeing of Queenslanders through a coordinated and collaborative approach to health innovation, investment and research across Queensland Health.

Health Innovation


 Health Investment




Queensland Health is actively involved in the Queensland Government’s Advance Queensland initiative to drive innovation, build on our natural advantages and create the knowledge-based jobs of the future.   Queensland has a growing international reputation for health and medical excellence, with significant opportunities for investment.   Our health research community is positioning Queensland to meet the challenges we face now and into the future to ensure Queenslanders are among the healthiest people in the world.

Queensland Health manages grants and fellowships, maintains a robust ethics and governance framework and promotes translation of research into practice.

Latest news and achievements

Meet our Clinician Researchers

Six of our newest Queensland Advancing Clinical Research Fellowships (CRF) and Nursing and Midwifery Research Fellowships (NMRF) recipients provide insight into their funded research projects. Click the links below to find out more!

CJ Cabilan (CRF R2) – Exploring the development, implementation, and the effectiveness of an occupational violence risk assessment tool (ALERT checklist) in emergency departments.

Dr Angela Ratsch (CRF R2) - Indigenous women's maternal tobacco and nicotine exposure: Patterns and validation of exposure, genotype and physiologic impacts, and barriers/facilitators to cessation.

Professor Dan Siskind (CRF R2) - Helping people with schizophrenia living longer, healthier lives.

A/Prof Pauline Calleja (NMRF R6) - Improving intravenous catheter selection to reduce extravasations for children: an implementation study across paediatric health contexts.

Dr Margaret MacAndrew (NMRF R6) - An early warning system of acute deterioration in residential aged care.

David McIntyre (NMRF R6) - Testing the validity and feasibility of the McIntyre audit tool (MAT 26).

HIIRO on-the-job training

 HIIRO on-the-job training
HIIRO is providing on-the-job training for Queensland students. The Clinical Research and Governance Team recently welcomed their first student placement.
Research Strategy 

Queensland Advancing Health Research 2026
Queensland Advancing Health Research 2026 is Queensland Health’s new strategy for supporting the type of health and medical research that will ultimately lead to better health outcomes for Queenslanders.

Research Strategy FAQ

Last updated: 28 July 2021