Caroline Miller

Professor Caroline Miller

Professor

School of Public Health

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Prof Caroline Miller leads the Health Policy Centre based at SAHMRI. The Centre undertakes research in obesity prevention, tobacco control, drug and alcohol, and the psychosocial impact of cancer. Professor Miller is an NHMRC Career Development Fellow and a Heart Foundation Future Leader Fellow.

Prof Caroline Miller leads the Health Policy Centre based at SAHMRI, undertaking research in obesity prevention, tobacco control, drug and alcohol, and the psychosocial impact of cancer. Professor Miller is leading a program of research investigating ways to curb population consumption of sugary beverages.

Professor Miller is interested in supervising student projects in tobacco control and in obesity prevention policy, particularly relating to sugar-sweetened beverages.

Available to supervise Honours, Masters and PhD.

Project 1

Project Title: Australian media coverage of a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages

Scope of the project: Sugar-sweetened beverages are gaining more attention in public health due to their contribution to obesity, limited nutritional value and associated health issues. Regulatory measures, such as imposing a tax increase on soft drinks, have been implemented in other countries; however, Australia has lagged behind other countries in its implementation of initiatives to curb consumption. The media can play an important role in influencing and reflecting public opinion and political decision makers. Understanding the Australian media portrayal of SSB regulatory measures will provide insight into the formation and progression of public opinion on this important health issue. This project would involve undertaking a media-content analysis regarding coverage and views towards regulatory measures aimed at reducing the consumption of SSBs, including but not limited to taxes.

Location: South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI)

Student skills required include

  • Literature searching, computer and database literacy, some statistical knowledge/ability and excellent written skills.
  • Knowledge of qualitative methods and qualitative data analysis, involving creating suitable coding structures/frames, coding data using NVivo software, and identifying and collating qualitative data into themes
  • Knowledge of and/or interest in obesity policy and sugary drinks

Research Project Start: Semester 1 or Semester 2

Project available for: Honours

 

For details on projects available please view the following booklet: School of Public Health Student Projects

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2019 Professor University of Adelaide
    2018 - 2021 Heart Foundation Future Leader Fellow University of Adelaide
    2018 - 2021 NHMRC Career Development Fellow University of Adelaide
    2017 - 2017 Beacon Research Fellowship University of Adelaide
    2014 Director South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI)
    2014 Senior Research Fellow South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute
    2012 - 2016 Principal Research Fellow, Beat Cancer Project SAHMRI
    2012 Honorary Research Associate Cancer Council Victoria
    2012 Executive Officer South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute
    2010 - 2010 Executive Officer, Statewide Cancer Control Plan, 2011 - 2015 Cancer Council SA and Cancer Clinical Network
    2007 - 2012 General Manager, Cancer Control Cancer Council SA
    2007 - 2007 General Manager, Corporate Services Cancer Council SA
    2005 Affiliate Lecturer University of Adelaide
    2004 - 2004 Executive Officer, Statewide Cancer Control Plan, 2005 - 2009 Cancer Council SA and Cancer Clinical Network
    2000 - 2006 (Inaugural) Manager, Tobacco Control Reserach and Evaluation Cancer Council SA
    1995 - 1999 Research and Evaluation Officer Cancer Council SA
    1995 - 1995 Research Assistant (Road Safety) University of Adelaide
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2018 Award Executive Dean's Award, University of Adelaide University of Adelaide Australia
    2016 Award Best Poster - Mid Career Researcher, SAHMRI Showcase South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) Australia $1000
    2015 Award Best Poster - ARMS Conference, Singapore Australasian Research Management Society Singapore
    2014 Award Ray James Award Australian Health Promotion Associatio Australia
    2012 Award Doctoral Research Medal, University of Adelaide University of Adelaide Australia
    2012 Award Kerry Kirke Student Award Public Health Association of Australia Australia
    2009 Award Best Paper - Population Health Conference Public Health Association of Australia Australia
    2001 Award Early Career Health Promotion Evaluation Award Public Health Association of Australia Australia
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2012 University of Adelaide Australia PhD in Medicine (Public Health)
    2001 University of Adelaide Australia Master of Public Health
    1998 University of Adelaide Austrlia Bachelor of Economics
    1995 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Arts (Hons) (Psychology)
  • Research Interests

Date Project/ No. Investigators Funding Body Amount
2017 Warning labels for sugar sweetened beverages. Project Grant GNT1120618. C Miller, M Wakefield, S Pettigrew, J Coveney, S Durkin, D Roder NHMRC $780,824
2016 Reducing sugar sweetened beverages consumption among young adults. TCR GNT1115542.   C Miller, M Wakefield, S Pettigrew, J Coveney, G Wittert, S Durkin, D Roder NHMRC $671,119
2017 Eradicating preventable deaths from colorectal cancer – the Beat Bowel Cancer Project. Translational Research Projects for Improved Health Care GNT1133042. D Roder, G Young, D Worthley, T Price, C Miller, S Wesselingh, I Olver, J Young, E Symonds, T Bessen, G Sharplin, T Young, N Lee NHMRC

$100,000

 

2014-2016 The independent and combined effects of front-of-pack food labelling systems and health claims on consumers' food-related beliefs and behaviours. Partnership and Engagement Grants (for LP140100112). S Pettigrew, B Kelly, K Ball, B Neal, C Miller, C Hughes, H Dixon, T Shilton Heart Foundation $40,000
2014-2016 The independent and combined effects of front-of-pack food labelling systems and health claims on consumers' food-related beliefs and behaviours. Linkage Project LP140100112. S Pettigrew, B Kelly, K Ball, B Neal, C Miller, C Hughes, H Dixon, T Shilton ARC $203,513
2010 Intergenerational transmission of dietary behaviour. Linkage Project LP100200549.  C Wilson, P Ward, J Coveney, G Robins, C Miller, J Karnon, L Koehly ARC $213,769
2009 Investigating the indirect effects of child targeted food promotion on children’s diets. Linkage Project LP0991615.  S Pettigrew, P Quester, K Chapman, C Miller. ARC $105,746
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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 Co-Supervisor School Food Environments: Policies and programs in South Australian Schools Master of Philosophy (Public Health) Master Full Time Ms Neha Kishan Lalchandani
    2018 Principal Supervisor Tobacco Smoking and mental Illness Among Young People in Australia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Kimberley Amanda Martin
    2016 Principal Supervisor Community knowledge of sugar-sweetened beverages and potential Public Health interventions to reduce consumption. Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Aimee Lee Brownbill
    2014 Co-Supervisor Transitioning to Adulthood and the Change in Social, Individual and Cultural Influences that Impact on Smoking Cessation Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Joanne Dono
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2014 - 2019 Co-Supervisor Alcohol Consumption in Australia: Can Awareness about Health Impacts, or the Presence of Children in the Home be Linked to Drinking Behaviour? Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Jacqueline Anne Bowden
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  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2017 - ongoing Member International Expert Advisory Committee on Plain Packaging Singapore Government Singapore
    2017 - ongoing Member Annual Scientific Meeting, Public Health Stream Convenor Autralian and New Zealand Obesity Society Australia
    2017 - ongoing Member Economics of Cancer Advisory Group Cancer Council Victoria and Deakin University Australia
    2016 - ongoing Member Intergovernmental Committee on Drugs – National Expert Reference Group on Tobacco Australian Department of Health Australia
    2016 - ongoing Member Public Health and Health Economics and Policy Graduate Programs Advisory Board University of Adelaide Australia
    2015 - ongoing Member Healthy Children's Menus Executive Taskforce Department of Health, SA Government Australia
    2015 - ongoing Member Health Consumer and Community Engagement Committee SAHMRI Australia
    2015 - ongoing Member SA Academic Health Science and Translation Centre Executive SAHMRI Australia
    2012 - ongoing Member Research Advisory Committee National Breast Cancer Foundation Australia
    2012 - 2014 Member Paramedics Project Reference Group Health Workforce Australia Australia
    2011 - 2011 Member South Australian Cancer Research Collaborative SA Health Australia
    2011 - 2011 Member Eat Well Be Active Advisory Committee SA Health Australia
    2011 - ongoing Member SANT Datalink Steering Committee SANT Datalink Australia
    2011 - 2014 Member Expert Advisory Committee, Tobacco Australian National preventative Health Agnecy (ANPHA) Australia
    2010 - 2011 Chair Tobacco Control Social Marketing Committee SA Health Australia
    2010 - ongoing Member Expert Advisory Committee, Tobacco Plain Packaging Australian Department of Health Australia
    2009 - 2014 Member Obesity Prevention and Lifestyle (OPAL) Social Marketing Advisory Committee SA Health, South Australian Government Australia
    2009 - 2011 Chair Tobacco Issues Sub-committee Heart Foundation & Cancer Council Australia Australia
    2007 - 2011 Member Expert Advisory Committee – National Tobacco Campaign Department of Health and Ageing, Australian Government Australia
    2007 - 2011 Member Research & Evaluation Committee – National Tobacco Campaign Department of Health and Ageing, Australian Government Australia
    2007 - 2008 Chair Occupational & Environmental Cancers Cancer Council Australia Australia
    2006 - 2011 Member Public Health Principal Committee Cancer Council Australia Australia
    2006 - 2011 Co-Chair Nutrition and Physical Activity Committee Cancer Council Australia Australia
    2006 - 2008 Member Cancer Support Committee Cancer Council Australia Australia
    2003 - 2006 Co-Chair Ministerial Reference Group on Tobacco SA Health Australia
    2003 - 2005 Member SA Health Omnibus Survey Management Committee SA Health Australia
    2002 - 2006 Member Human Research Ethics Committee Cancer Council SA Australia
    2002 - 2006 Member Courses Advisory Committee, Department Public Health, School of Medicine Flinders University Australia
    2002 - 2003 Member Ministerial Passive Smoking and Hospitality Taskforce SA Health Australia
    1997 - 1998 Member SA Health Omnibus Survey Management Committee SA Health Australia
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2016 - ongoing Member World Obesity Society United Kingdom
    2007 - ongoing Member ANZOS Australia
    2001 - ongoing Member Public Health Association of Australia Australia
  • Review, Assessment, Editorial and Advice

    Date Title Type Institution Country
    2018 - ongoing Reviewer Journal Review American Journal of Public Health United States
    2016 - ongoing Peer Review Panel Peer Review Cancer Institute NSW Australia
    2016 - ongoing Peer Review Panel Peer Review Cancer Council Victoria Australia
    2016 - 2016 CDF Panel Chair Grant Assessment National Breast Cancer Foundation Australia
    2015 - 2015 Post-doctoral Fellow Panel Chair Peer Review National Breast Cancer Foundation Australia
    2012 - ongoing External Reviewer Project Grants Grant Assessment National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Australia
  • Position: Professor
  • Phone: +61881284091
  • Email: caroline.miller@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences, floor 9
  • Room: WS9062.27
  • Org Unit: Public Health

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