Dr Emma Miller

Dr Emma Miller
 Position Senior Lecturer
 Org Unit General Practice
 Email emma.miller@adelaide.edu.au
 Telephone +61 8 8313 1631
 Location Floor/Room 11 15 ,  178 North Terrace - Terrace Towers ,   North Terrace
  • Biography/ Background

    Adjunct Senior Lecturer

    Flinders University Coordinator, Postgraduate Coursework Programs in Public Health

    Emma Miller is an epidemiologist with particular expertise in hepatitis C. She has previous experience in the surveillance of hepatitis C (and other communicable diseases) and a history of research in this area. In recent years she has added another stream of research interest in alcohol and related issues and has developed strong skills in developing online surveys. In various government and academic roles, she has worked extensively with priority populations primarily affected by substance use issues, including prisoners in the South Australian correctional system. She has held academic posts at Deakin University and La Trobe University (in Melbourne) and at the University of Adelaide.The primary focus of her teaching has been in research methods and epidemiology at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

  • Qualifications

    BNg, MPH, PhD

  • Awards & Achievements

    2013 - Undergraduate Teacher of the Year (Student Nominations), School of Population Health, the University of Adelaide

    2006 - Kerry Kirke Student Award, Public Health Association of Australia (SA)

    1994 - Margaret Grace McNair AM Foundation Award (Underdale Campus), University of South Australia

  • Research Interests

    Hepatitis C infection, particularly in vulnerable populations

    Health of incarcerated populations

    Alcohol and other substance use

    Quality of life in chronic diseases

    Epidemiological methods and on line survey techniques


    Research student Supervision:

    The University of Adelaide

    Scarborough J, PhD, Looking after them? - Factors that affect access to primary health care in private general practice for patients with hepatitis C 

    Flinders University

    Abel Fekadu A, PhD, Epidemiology of Depression during Pregnancy, Its Effect on Adverse Birth Outcome and Post neonatal illness symptoms among Pregnant Mothers living in Gondar Town

    Yane Vina Tarigan, Dr PH, HAART as prevention in Indonesia

    Atemthi Dau, Dr PH, Concepts of health and illness among the Sudanese community, Melbourne

    Ian Dispain, Dr PH, Hepatitis C in South Australian prisoners


    Sudarshan Subedi Dr PH, Comparisons of district health systems in Nepal

    Availability for student supervision:

    Enquiries welcome in the areas of:

    Hepatitis C

    Alcohol use and risks

    Vulnerable populations

  • Research Funding

    Year Fund Provider Amount $ Investigators Project_Title
    2017 Flinders Foundation 18,500 Miller ER, Ward PR, Mwanri L, McNaughton D, Olver IN, Meyer S The Alcohol and Breast Cancer (ABC) study
    2016 Flinders University, Faculty of Medicine Nursing & Health sciences 19,797 Tsourtos G, Ward PR, Miller ER, Barton C, Wilson C Developing a Resilience Intervention for Smoking Cessation (RISC)
    2014 Flinders Foundation 17,000 Miller ER, Wilson C, Chapman J, Flight I Breast cancer, obesity and alcohol in middle-aged women: connecting the dots
    2014 Faculty of the Professions, The University of Adelaide 18,682 Miller ER, Laurence CO, Holmwood, C Student Alcohol Referral (StAR) project
    2012 ARC Linkage LP120200175 116,609 (plus 60,000 Industry fund Miller ER, Eliott JA, Olver IN, Ali RL, Braunack-Mayer AJ, Crabb SH, Louise J, Baratiny GY Alcohol causes cancer!: Public and ethical responses to mandated alcohol warning labels about increased long-term risk of cancer.
    2012 Faculty of the Professions, The University of Adelaide 50,000 Miller ER, Eliott JA, Bouzdine-Chameeva T  Adelaide-Bordeaux Student Alcohol Project – a Pilot Study.
    2012 SA Health Department 26,000 Aylward P, Miller ER Evaluation of the Hepatitis C Nursing Models of Care Program

  • Publications

    1.      Miller ER, Ramsay IJ, Tran LT, George Tsourtos G, Baratiny G, Manocha R, Olver IN. How Australian General Practitioners engage in discussions about alcohol with their patients: a cross-sectional study (2016). BMJ Open (6) e013921. DOI:10.1136/bmjopen-2016-013921 [JIF 2.562, Q1]

    2.      Ward PR, Miller E, Pearce AR, Meyer SB. (2016) Predictors and extent of institutional trust in government, banks, the media and religious organisations: evidence from cross-sectional surveys in six Asia-Pacific countries. PLoS One 11 (10): e0164096 DIO: 10.1371/journal.pone.0164096 [JIF 3.057, Q1, Google Scholar 1 citation]

    3.    Miller ER, Ramsay IJ, Baratiny G, Olver IN. (2016) Message on a bottle: are alcohol warning labels about cancer appropriate? BMC Public Health 16:139 DOI: 10.1186/s12889-016-2812-8 (URL: http:// biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12889-016-2812-8)  [JIF 2.264, Q2, Google Scholar 3 citations]

    4.    Scarborough J, Eliott JA, Miller ER, Aylward P (2015) Equity in primary health care delivery – an examination of the cohesiveness of strategies relating to primary healthcare system, health workforce and hepatitis C. Australian Health Review  39: 175-82 DOI 10.1071/AH14073  [JIF 0.730, Q4]

    5.    Eliott JA, Miller ER (2014) Alcohol and cancer: the urgent need for a new message. Medical Journal of Australia 200 (2): 71-72 DOI: 10.5694/mja13.10426 [JIF 4.089, Q1, Scopus 5 citations, Google Scholar 6 citations]

    6.    Miller ER, Moore JM, Bi P (2013) Harm reduction behind bars: prison worker perspectives. SAGE Open 3:1-12 (URL: http://sgo.sagepub.com/content/3/3/2158244013494209.full)

    7.    Jarratt LS, Miller ER (2013) The relationship between patient comorbidities and the development of a multi-resistant healthcare associated infection in a private South Australian hospital. Healthcare Infection 18 (3): 94-101 (URL: http://www.publish.csiro.au/nid/241/paper/HI13010.htm) [ Google Scholar 1 citation]

    8.    Miller ER, McNally S, Wallace J, Schlichthorst M (2012) The ongoing impacts of hepatitis C: a systematic narrative review of the literature. BMC Public Health, 12: 672 DOI: 10.1186/1471-2458-12-672 (URL: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2458/12/672) (achieved the journal’s  ‘highly accessed’ designation within one month of provisional publication) [JIF 2.076, Q2, Scopus 11 citations, Google Scholar 24 citations]

    9.    Miller ER, Hellard ME, Bowden S, Bharadwaj M, Aitken CK (2009) Markers and risk factors for HCV, HBV and HIV in a network of injecting drug users in Melbourne, Australia. Journal of Infection, 58: 375-82 DOI: 10.1016/j.jinf.2009.02.014 [JIF 3.060, Q1,  Scopus 33 citations, Google Scholar 52 citations]

    10.  Miller ER, Bi P, Ryan P (2009) HCV infection in South Australian prisoners: seroprevalence, seroconversion and risk factors. International Journal of Infectious Diseases, 13: 201-8 DOI: 10.1016/j.ijid.2008.06.011 [JIF 2.167, Q3, Scopus 23 citations, Google Scholar 40 citations]

    11.  Miller ER, Kelly HA (2008) Varicella infection - evidence for peak activity in summer months. Journal of Infection, 56: 360-65 DOI: 10.1016/j.jinf.2008.01.050 [JIF 3.089, Q1, Scopus 8 citations, Google Scholar 9 citations]

    12.  Miller ER, Fielding JE, Grant KA, Barr IG, Papadakis G, Kelly HA (2008) Higher than expected season influenza activity in Victoria, 2007. Communicable Diseases Intelligence, 32: 53-70 [Scopus 6 citations, Google Scholar 16 citations]

    13.  Fielding JE, Miller ER, Adams J, Hawking B, Grant KA, Kelly HA (2007) Influenza surveillance in Victoria. Communicable Diseases Intelligence, 31: 100-6 [Scopus 2 citations, Google Scholar 11 citations]

    14.  Miller ER, Bi P, Ryan P (2006) The prevalence of HCV antibody in South Australian Prisons. Journal of Infection , 52: 125-35 DOI: 10.1016/j.jinf.2005.10.014 [Impact factor 2.037, Q2,Scopus 12 citations, Google Scholar 18 citations]

    15.  Miller ER, Bi P, Ryan P (2006) Hepatitis C virus infection in prisons. Public Health Bulletin, 4: 16-20

    16.  Miller ER, Bi P, Ryan P (2006) Measuring the prevalence of hepatitis HCV in prisons [abstract] Australasian Epidemiologist, 13: 104 [Google Scholar 1 citation]

    17.  Doust J, Miller E, Duchesne G, Kitchener M, Weller D (2004) A systematic review of brachytherapy: is it an effective and safe treatment for localised prostate cancer? Australian Family Physician, 33: 525-30 [JIF 0.570, Scopus 7 citations, Google Scholar 8 citations]

    18.  Miller ER (2004) Hepatitis C infection in Australia – an ongoing epidemic. Public Health Bulletin, 1: 21-31

    19.  Miller ER, Hiller JE, Shaw DR (2001) Quality of life in HCV-infection: lack of association with ALT levels. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 25: 355-61 [JIF 1.335, Q3, Scopus 42 citations, Google Scholar 70 citations]

    20.  Miller ER (1994) Misery and myth: a connection between society and inadequate pain control? Contemporary Nurse, 3: 75-79 [JIF 0.651, Google Scholar 4 citations]


    1.    Harrison JE, Miller ER, Weeramanthri TS, Wakerman J, Barnes A (2001) Information Sources for Injury Prevention Among Indigenous Australians – Status and Prospects for Improvement, Injury research and statistics series no. 8, Adelaide: AIHW (AIHW cat no. INJCAT 38) [Google Scholar 32 citations]

    2.    Co-author of Medicare Services Advisory Committee systematic review of Brachytherapy in the Treatment of Prostate Cancer. Commonwealth of Australia (2000): MSAC application 1029, Assessment Report (http://www.msac.gov.au/internet/msac/publishing.nsf/Content/app1029-1

    3.    Co-author of Medicare Services Advisory Committee systematic review of HCV Genotyping and HCV-RNA Detection and Quantification to Predict and Evaluate Response to Interferon-alpha Therapy. Commonwealth of Australia (2000): MSAC application 1021, Assessment Report (http://www.msac.gov.au/internet/msac/publishing.nsf/Content/app1021-1).  

    4.    Co-author of Medicare Services Advisory Committee systematic review of Oto-Acoustic Emission Audiometry. Commonwealth of Australia (1999): MSAC application 1002, Final Assessment Report (http://www.msac.gov.au/internet/msac/publishing.nsf/Content/app1089-1).

    5.    Systematic review of financial incentives for general practitioners, Evaluation of the General Practitioners Immunisation Incentive (GPII) Scheme (2000): KPMG for the Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care

    6.    Co-author of various evaluation reports for the Department of General Practice Evaluation Unit, The University of Adelaide, for Division of General Practice projects on topics ranging from farm injury to obstetrics shared care. 

  • Media Expertise

    CategoriesMedicine & Medical Research, Drugs
    ExpertiseHepatitis C epidemiology; prisoner health; alcohol behaviour

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