Dr David Farlow

Dr David Farlow
  • Executive Director
    Research & Innovation for Mackay Hospital and Health Service


Dr David Farlow is the Executive Director of Research & Innovation for Mackay Hospital and Health Service and Associate Professor/Clinical Dean James Cook University Clinical School Mackay. David first arrived in the Mackay HHS in 1984 with a passion for rural and remote medicine. He was a rural  generalist  for 25 years  with credentialing in procedural Obstetrics, Anaesthetics and Surgery and Executive Officer Whitsunday Health Service. David then moved to the role of Executive Director Clinical Services for MHHS from 2007-2015. He reduced direct patient care over the last 6 years and now has no “hands on” clinical practice. After taking a 12 month sabbatical in New Zealand with his family in 2015, he moved into a joint role between MHHS (Research/Innovation/Medical Workforce) and James Cook University (Clinical Dean Mackay School). In addition to his medical qualifications, David recently became a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  He is the editor and co-author of a self-published children’s first aid book “Freya the First Aider”. His expertise and experience includes undertaking a range of investigations, Service reviews and consultancies for QH. His community achievements include an Australia Day Shire Award in 2008 for his outstanding contribution to the community and a Queensland Health Leadership in Health Services Award in 2007. In addition to his executive, clinical and community work, David is foremost a family man who enjoys fishing and golfing.


Keynote 8
Research and innovation challenging the siloed thinking in Australian healthcare


Sunday 2 September  |  View program for more details


The presentation will provide insight into the Mackay Institute of Research and Innovation charter. The focus will be on how the health needs of a regional demographic area can be improved via partnerships and collaborations between the primary, secondary and non-government sectors. Translational science/research, evidence based medicine and digital innovation will be the dominant themes in achieving a better, more productive singular health system.

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