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About HIIRO

The Health Innovation, Investment and Research Office (HIIRO), within the Office of the Director-General, aims to improve the health and well-being of Queenslanders through a coordinated and collaborative approach to health innovation, investment and research across Queensland Health. HIIRO includes the former Health and Medical Research Unit (HMRU).

HIIRO is responsible for:

  • coordinating Queensland Health's engagement in the State Government’s Advance Queensland agenda
  • developing a research, investment and innovation strategy in consultation with the health system that positions Queensland to meet the challenges we face now and into the future
  • managing research grants and fellowships that leverage co-investments, attract leading scientists and clinicians from around the world and build individual and institutional capacity to address priority health issues for Queenslanders
  • managing a robust research ethics and governance framework that ensures patient safety, while streamlining administrative and regulatory burdens to enable research and its translation into health outcomes
  • providing a central portal of contact for researchers, research managers and study sponsors seeking advice and direction on ethical and governance issues associated with research
  • promoting the translation of research into improved practice and technologies at scale, including through clinical trials and commercialisation
  • harnessing and developing entrepreneurs in Queensland’s health sector, attracting investment and promoting health services exports, in partnership with the Department of State Development and Trade and Investment Queensland
Last updated: 1 November 2016