Dr Emma Miller

Senior Lecturer

College of Medicine and Public Health

place Health Sciences (2.17)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

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 its links with cancer 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.

  • PhD
  • MPH
  • BNg
Honours, awards and grants
  • 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

Recent Projects and Grants

Ward PR, Tsourtos G, Lawn S, Miller ER, Wilson C, Karnon J, Woodman R.

Cancer Australia, 2020-22

  • Increasing resilience and reducing smoking for lower socioeconomic groups

Ward PR, Warin M, Wilson C, Olver I, Miller ER, Bissell P, Meyer S, Macdonald S

ARC Discovery Project, 2019-21 (DP190103434)

  • Understanding middle-aged women’s responses to alcohol/breast cancer risks

Miller ER, Ward PR, Lunnay B, Gesesew H

Flinders Foundation 2019-21

  • Is Tinder driving increasing incidence of gonorrhoea in young heterosexual South Australians?

Miller ER; Eliott JA; Olver IN; Ali RL; Braunack-Mayer AJ; Crabb SH; Louise J; Baratiny GY

ARC Linkage Project, 2013-2017 (LP120200175)

Partner Organisations: Cancer Council Australia, Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia

  • Public and ethical responses to mandated alcohol warning labels about increased long-term risk of cancer

Miller ER, Ward PR, Mwanri L, McNaughton D, Olver IN, Meyer S

Flinders Foundation 2016-17

  • The Alcohol and Breast Cancer (ABC) study

Tsourtos G, Ward PR, Miller ER, Barton C, Wilson C

Flinders University, Faculty of Medicine Nursing & Health sciences seeding grant, 2016

  • Developing a Resilience Intervention for Smoking Cessation (RISC)

Miller, ER; Wilson, C; Chapman,J; Flight,Ingrid

FMC Foundation 2014-15

  • Breast cancer, obesity and alcohol in middle-aged women: connecting the dots.
Teaching interests

PHCA9520 - Epidemiology for Practice

Topic coordinator
PHCA3511 Epidemiology for Practice
PHCA9520 Epidemiology for Practice
PHCA9522 Introduction to Epidemiological Research Methods
Supervisory interests
Alcohol and other drugs
Breast cancer, lay knowledge
Detention and imprisonment
Hepatitis C
Infectious diseases
Vulnerable groups
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: ART in Ethiopian Prisoners (1), Management of HCV patients in General Practice (1)
Associate supervisor: Perinatal depression (1), Alcohol and breast cancer in middle aged women (1), Risk factors for hepatocellur carcinoma, Alcohol and breast cancer - PAR, Stigma of, and attitudes towards, abortion, Stigma and permanent congenital hearing loss
Associate supervisor: HAART as prevention in Indonesia — Associate (1)
Expert for media contact
Community/Public health
Infection/Infectious diseases
Public health
Alcohol and breast cancer
Blood borne viruses in vulnerable populations
Available for contact via
Or contact the media team
+61 8 82012092
0427 398 713
Media expertise
  • Alcohol
  • Community/Public health
  • Infection/Infectious diseases
  • Public health
  • Alcohol and breast cancer
  • Blood borne viruses in vulnerable populations
Further information

Conference Presentations

  1. Miller ER,Wilson C, Chapman, J, Flight I, Fletcher C. ‘Connecting the dots between breast cancer, obesity and alcohol consumption in middle-aged women’ World Cancer Congress:Mobilising action, inspiring change. Paris, October-November 2016
  2. Miller ER,Eliott JA, Crabb S and the Alcohol Causes Cancer! team. ‘Cancer warning labels on alcohol products – how will Australians respond?’ World Cancer Congress:Mobilising action, inspiring change. Paris, October-November 2016
  3. Eliott JA, May N. Crabb S, Miller E. ‘Alcohol causes Cancer! Australian public discourse about alcohol and risk of cancer’ World Cancer Congress:Mobilising action, inspiring change. Paris, October-November 2016
  4. Miller ER, Ramsay IJ, for the Alcohol Causes Cancer team. ‘Message on a bottle: Are alcohol warning labels about cancer acceptable?’ Population Health Congress: One Vision Many Voices. Hobart, September 2015
  5. Miller ER. Alcohol Causes Cancer! [Invited speaker] South Australian Network of Drug & Alcohol Services (SANDAS) Conference 2014: Creating a Culture of Leadership in the South Australian AOD Sector. Adelaide, October 2014
  6. Miller ER.Evidence for HCV-seroconversion in a South Australian women’s prison’. Justice health in Australia conference: Beyond the convict era – meeting the challenges of the 21st Century. Melbourne, April 2009
  7. Miller ER. ‘HCV in South Australian Prisoners.’ Population Health Congress: A global world – practical action for health and well being. Brisbane, July 2008
  8. Miller ER. ‘HCV antibody prevalence in the South Australian prison system- results of a State wide audit.’ PHAA South Australia State Conference: Public health in the community, Adelaide, October 2005
  9. Miller ER. ‘HCV infection in South Australian prisoners: a plan to define an unchecked epidemic.’ Australasian Epidemiological Association Annual Scientific Meeting: Epidemiology in an age of uncertainty, Adelaide, October 2004
  10. Miller ER. ‘HCV seroconversion among female prisoners in South Australia.’ 34th Public Health Association of Australia Annual Conference: Mobilising public health, Adelaide, September 2002

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