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Professor Adrian Miller

Deputy Vice-President Indigenous Engagement, /BHP Chair in Indigenous Engagement, Director of the Centre for Indigenous Health Equity Research
Office of Indigenous Engagement
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About Me

Professor Miller has strong leadership experience and a passion for achieving positive collaborative outcomes for Indigenous communities, including his own Jirrbal people in north Queensland.

Professor Miller is an established Public Health scholar and is known nationally and internationally for his research and leadership in Indigenous and environmental health, infectious diseases, higher education and immunology.

His recent national and international publications and outcomes have influenced national and state policies, in particular, national pandemic planning. His latest research published in the Nature journal will lead to novel vaccine development for new strains of influenza for global Indigenous populations.

He is an Honorary Fellow of the Menzies School of Health (Charles Darwin University) and holds and Adjunct Professorships with the Menzies Health Institute Queensland (Griffith University).

He has won $26M in grants in his career to date and is a recognised expert with the Academy of Sciences. He is regularly invited to peer review journal articles for a range of prestigious publications.

Professor Miller is currently the Deputy Vice-President Indigenous Engagement, BHP Chair in Indigenous Engagement and Director of the Centre for Indigenous Health and Equity Research (CIHER) at Central Queensland University having held distinguished previous positions at Charles Darwin, Griffith, Southern Cross, Macquarie and James Cook Universities. During the past 25 years in higher education, he has demonstrated excellence in management, leadership, academic program development, teaching and research. He has a strong interest in applied research and twice been awarded Australian College of Educators Teaching Award.









Research / Grant Review

2008-2019 Cooperative Research Centre - Expert scientific peer review of research project proposals for the CRC for Remote Economic Participation - National Health and Medical Research Council - Review Panellist for Capacity Building Grants for Population Health and Health Services Research - National Health and Medical Research Council – Research Translation Faculty - Australian Research Council – External Grant Reviewer - Canadian Institute of Health Research - Training Grant: Indigenous Mentorship Network Program - National Health and Medical Research Council – Project Grant Review Panel (2008-2016) - Australian Research Council – College of Experts (SBE) (2015-2017) - National Health and Medical Research Council – Academy of Assigners (2017-2018) - Australian Research Council Medical Advisory Group (2019)

Universities Studied At

James Cook University

Universities Worked At

James Cook University

Macquarie University

Southern Cross University

Griffith University

Charles Darwin University


2008 & 2010 Australian College of Educators Teaching Award

Previous teaching

- Course Revision Tertiary Access Courses preparatory program

- Development of the Bachelor of Indigenous Studies (Torres Strait Studies) Indigenous Anthropology subject

- Development of the Post Graduate Diploma in Indigenous Research Ethics

-Subject Coordinator in the Diploma and Advance Diploma in Community Management

-Course and subject Coordinator in the Diploma of Indigenous Health

-Subject development and coordination Indigenous Health Studies for Nursing Science

-Guest lecturer in post-graduate and undergraduate teaching in various subjects in Public Health, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Speech Pathology, Medicine, Dentistry, and Pharmacy

-Subject Coordinator for two undergraduate health sciences and two post-graduate Public Health subjects

-Course Coordinator Master of Public Health / Master of Business Administration

-Academic Advisor Indigenous Health

Professional Experience

Year Activity
2018 Dare to be Deadly, Indigenous Leadership Forum, CQUniversity Australia
2015 Parasitology Masterclass, Australian College of Tropical Medicine
2011 Parasitology Masterclass, Australian College of Tropical Medicine
2011 Social Network Analysis Masterclass, Melbourne University
2009 Cultural Epidemiology, Australian National University
2009 Yidin Aboriginal Language Course, RMW Dixon , James Cook University
2007 Mentor Training, Education Queensland
2006 Social Epidemiology, Melbourne University
2003 Introduction to N6 and N/vivo, Qualitative Research Software
2002 Time Management, James Cook University
2000 Instructional Design using Blackboard, James Cook University
1998 Performance Management Supervisor Training, Macquarie University


As Deputy Vice-President, Indigenous Engagement I lead strategic initiatives and engagement with stakeholders and manage staff and resources to effectively implement the University’s vision strategy and goals.

I am also currently the Director for the Centre for Indigenous Health Equity Research and BHP Chair in Indigenous Engagement.

Key Achievements

In 2020 I successfully lead the proposal and launch of the Australian-first, First Nations Research Higher Degree (RHD) Academy.

Industry Reports

Usher K, Miller A, O’Conner T, Lindsay D, Turale S, Miller M, & Sellen J. Successful Strategies for the Retention of Indigenous Students In Nursing Courses – Report to the Queensland Nursing Council Research Committee. Research Allocation No. 02030: 2003.

Beal C.D; Jackson M; Stewart R.A; Fielding.; Miller A; Tan, PL (2019) Exploring community-based water management options for remote Australia. Final report for the Remote and Isolated Communities Essential Services Project, Griffith University, Brisbane, Qld. November, 2019.

Kirk M, Korda R, Clements A, Lucas R, D’Este C, Armstrong B, Mueller J, Jones, A Miller A, Banwell C, Batterham P, Lal A, Braunig J, Housen T. The PFAS Health Study Phase II Research Protocols. Report – Australian Government Department of Health, 2 Aug, 2018.


2007-10 - Editor-in-Chief - Journal of Rural and Tropical Public Health - Content Editor - Journal of Rural and Tropical Public Health


2008 & 2010 - Australian College of Educators Teaching Award
2008-17 External Assessor / Examiner - Australian National University - Deakin University - University of Western Australia - University of Southern Queensland
2010 - Fellowship – PHCRED & Combined Universities Centre for Rural Health WA - Teaching and Learning Academy - James Cook University
2013-15 - Best Paper Awards for Maui International Academic Conference, Hawaii, USA - Member of the Menzies Health Institute Queensland
2013-19 Journal Reviewer - Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health - Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues - Aboriginal Policy Studies - PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases - World Journal of Gastroenterology - Rural and Remote Health - Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology - BMJ Open - Acta Tropica - Journal of Tropical Medicine and Infectious Disease

Research Supervision

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • 1117 Public Health and Health Services

At the level of Principal Supervisor

Current Capacity
I am currently available to supervise more research candidates
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Research Interests
Medical And Health Sciences

Public Health and Health Services - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

Medical And Health Sciences

Public Health and Health Services - Epidemiology

Medical And Health Sciences

Public Health and Health Services - Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified

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