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James Cook University

Mackay Translational Research Centre

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Project Information

Destravis was engaged to assist James Cook University and Mackay Hospital and Health Service to form a joint brief and concept for a new Translational Research Centre in Mackay.

The Translational Research Centre (JCU TRC) will play a vital role in driving improvements in the delivery of patient care and supporting a high quality, evidence-informed health system through the development of new treatment regimes, therapies and diagnostic testing protocols.

The envisaged clinical trials to be run include:

  • experimental drugs
  • cells and other biological products
  • vaccines
  • medical devices
  • medical treatments and procedures
  • psychotherapeutic and behavioural therapies
  • health service changes
  • preventive care strategies
  • educational interventions.

Researchers may also conduct clinical trials to evaluate diagnostic or screening tests and new ways to detect and treat disease.

The facility will comprise of the following functions:

  • Consult and interview rooms
  • Reception and small waiting facilities
  • PC2 Wet Lab
  • Pharmacy
  • Observation areas: for subject recovery and supervised observation
  • Workspace: supporting fixed and dynamic population of approximately 15 resident and 15 visiting research and health care staff associated with the JCU CTU
  • Education spaces: providing learning opportunities associated with the research of the JCU CTU
  • Associated with these education facilities is a breakout/communal space.

Mackay Hospital and Health Service & James Cook University


Mackay, Queensland



Destravis Role:

Key personnel provided specialist education and health planning advice, cost estimate and concept floor plans for design of flexible research facility.