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Associate Professor Yvette Miller

Faculty of Health,
School - Public Health and Social Work

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Name
Associate Professor Yvette Miller
Position(s)
Associate Professor
Faculty of Health,
School - Public Health and Social Work
IHBI Membership
Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI),
IHBI Health Projects,
IHBI Public Health and Social Work - HDHS
Discipline *
Public Health and Health Services
Phone
+61 7 3138 5540
Email
Location
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Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy - Human Movement Studies (University of Queensland), BA (Psychology) (Hons) (University of Newcastle)

Professional memberships
and associations

IHBI Membership

Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI),

IHBI Health Projects,

IHBI Public Health and Social Work – HDHS

Keywords

health services, maternity care, patient reported outcomes, patient-centred care, physical activity, survey methodology, women's health

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

Yvette Miller is Associate Professor of Public Health in the School of Public Health and Social Work, Faculty of Health at Queensland University of Technology.  She is also Honorary Senior Research Fellow in School of Psychology at the University of Queensland.

Associate Professor Miller’s research brings women to the centre of maternal and infant health promotion. She is strongly committed to growing an evidence-base in consumer-centred maternity care that is readily converted into improved policy and practice for real-world benefits.

Her distinguished national and international reputation is based on her theoretical and applied innovations in the field of maternity care.  Associate Professor Miller’s approach focusses at all times on enabling women to agency during pregnancy and birth.

Over her career as a researcher, she has received over 9 million dollars in national competitive grants and funding and is founder of Queensland Centre for Mothers & Babies. Associate Professor Miller has developed an array of products and systems for primary prevention in maternity health, public reporting of health service performance, data for improvement planning and consumer decision making.  For example, Mobile Mums, a program dedicated to helping women be physically active after birth and http://www.havingababy.org.au/birthplace, which provides a suite of interactive medical treatment decision-making tools for consumers.  These resources are highly used by women across the state.

Associate Professor Miller routinely collaborates with external end-users to integrate research into maternity health service delivery initiatives.  Her collaborative partners have included esteemed healthcare providers such as: the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, Oxford University in the UK; University of Technology Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery and Health  in Sydney and more locally, the Mater Hospital.

To date, Associate Professor Miller has authored and co-authored over 200 books, journal articles, technical and research reports and conference proceedings. She is regularly invited to present at events within both industry and the academy, such as such as The Quantum Leap: Measurement – Redefining Health’s Boundaries Conference (September 23, 2012; Sydney, Australia.

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Yvette Miller.

Teaching

HDR supervision is central to Associate Professor Miller’s teaching and research agenda.

All the PhD students and junior post-docs, plus several Masters and Honours students, whom Associate Professor Miller has mentored have published articles in peer-reviewed journals. She takes an individualised, apprentice-based approach that supports students in the preparation of the theses, but also foregrounds broad skill development.

Completed

Doctor of Philosophy

  • Gabrielle Stevens. PhD candidate. Enrolled February 2011. Submitted April 2015. Awarded December 2015.

“A Model for Change: Current Deficits and New Directions for Supporting Model of Maternity Care Decision-Making
”

  • Denise Koh. Enrolled August, 2005. Submitted October 2009. Awarded November 2010.

“Physical Activity Behaviour Among Women With Previous Gestational Diabetes Mellitus: A Queensland Wide Exploratory Study”

  • Brianna Fjeldsoe. Enrolled January 2006. Submitted February 2009. Awarded June 2009

“Mobilemums:
Developing And Evaluating A Tailored Behaviour Change Intervention Delivered Via SMS For Increasing Physical Activity Among Postnatal Women Living In A Disadvantaged Community “

  • Shelley Wilkinson. Enrolled January 2006. Submitted February 2009. Awarded July 2009. “The Pregnancy Pocketbook: Improving pregnancy health behaviours in a disadvantaged community”.
  • Liu Xin. Enrolled March 2004. Awarded November 2007 (Associate Advisor). “The efficacy of Tai Chi and Qigong in reducing  indicators of risk of Type 2 Diabetes in adults with Impaired Glucose Tolerance”.
  • Siobhan O’Dwyer. Enrolled January 2005. Awarded February 2009 (Associate Advisor). “Effects of exercise training, and combined exercise and cognitive training, on cognitive and physical function in older adults: a randomised controlled trial and qualitative evaluation”

Research Masters

  • Jacqueline Watts. Masters Public Health, QUT. Enrolled February 2009; Awarded February 2011 (Associate Advisor). “Physical Activity, Sitting And Depression During Pregnancy”

Research Honours

  • Brianna Collins. Enrolled January 2005. Awarded Honours Class 1 November 2006. “The Australian Women’s Activity Survey (AWAS).”
  • Nicole Border. Enrolled January 2007. Awarded Honours Class 2A November 2007. “The psychosocial correlates of physical activity during pregnancy”
  • Julia Ferragamo. Enrolled January 2007. Awarded Honours Class 2A November 2007. “The Relative Contribution of Selected Psychosocial Correlates in Predicting Breastfeeding Behaviour”
  • Melissa Sands. Enrolled January 2008. Awarded Honours Class 1 November 2009. “Big Boys Don’t Cry: Why Boys are More at Risk for Early Breastfeeding Cessation”
  • Linda Huxley. Enrolled January 2008. Awarded Honours Class 2A November 2009. “’Blooming Marvellous Baby Bump’ to ‘Yummy Mummy, No Tummy’: Media messages about the pregnant and postpartum body.”
  • Gabrielle Stevens. Enrolled January 2010. Awarded Honours Class 1 December 2010.  “Overdue Choices: How Information and Role in Decision Making Influence Women’s Preferences for Induction of Labour”
  • Kate Mulherin. Enrolled January 2010. Awarded Honours Class 1 December 2010. “A ‘well-rounded’ approach to understanding weight stigma in maternity care – women’s experiences and care providers’ practice “
  • Natasha Begovic. Honours (Psych). Awarded Honours Class 1 November 2011. “The effects of emotional and objective information on intentions to drink alcohol during pregnancy”
  • Kate Young. Honours (Psych). Awarded Honours Class 1 November 2011. “Keeping It Natural: Developing and Evaluating a Social Communication Strategy to Promote Non-Medicalised Birth”
  • Aimee Dane. Master of Science with Honours in Genetic Counselling (Griffith). Awarded First Class Honours November 2013. “Decision making about non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT): Women’s information needs and the predictors of intention to have NIPT”
  • Catherine Wyles. Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Hons) (QUT). Enrolled February 2014 (part-time). Awarded Honours Class 1 December 2015. “Do All Things Get Better with Age?
Information, Participation, and Connection in Maternity Care Communication”
  • Wendy Holdaway. Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Hons) (QUT). Enrolled February 2015. Awarded Honours Class 1 December 2015. “Communication about Risk and Role: Decision-Making after Caesarean”

Coursework Masters (Research Component)

  • Rachel Thompson. Master of Psychology (Health). (Monash University). 2008. “Milking a Reaction: The effect of a magazine article promoting breastfeeding on infant feeding knowedge, attitudes and intentions”.
  • Renee Fletcher. Master of Applied Psychology. (UQ). 2010. “Weighing the quality of Queensland Maternity Care: Women’s Perceptions of Care based on Body Size.”
  • Ashleigh Armanasco. Master of Applied Psychology. (UQ). 2011. “Why women worry during pregnancy and what can be done about it?”
  • Vivian Yam. Master of Applied Psychology. (UQ). Awarded November 2011. “Examining the predictors of informed decision-making in health care: insights from a fictional medical drama”.
  • Daile Martin, Master of Applied Psychology. (UQ). 2014. “Women’s medical and non-medical philosophies of pregnancy and birth: prevalence and associations with women’s perceived quality of maternity care.”
  • Sarah Mander, Master of Applied Psychology (UQ). 2014. “Safety, Quality, and Cultural Competency of Maternity Care for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Women in Queensland”
  • Phoebe Cooper. Master of Applied Psychology (Health). (UQ). 2015. “Comparing the maternity care experiences of Indigenous and non-Indigenous women in Queensland.”

Current

  • Carly Dyer. PhD candidate. Enrolled February 2015. “Maternity Education Matters:A Critical Exploration Of The Educational Experience Of Women In Routine Maternity Care.”
  • Evangeline Fenech. Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Hons) (QUT). Enrolled February 2017. “Mum knows best: Women’s engagement in maternity care decision making and their postpartum psychological health”
  • Andrea Fisher. Master of Health Management (QUT). Enrolled February 2016. “Universal postnatal screening within Community Child Health services”
  • Cynthia Butler. Master of Educational and Developmental Psychology. Enrolled February 2016.
This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Yvette Miller.

Experience

Collaborations

Throughout her career Associate Professor Miller has engaged with numerous colleagues to pursue multiple distinct, yet complementary, research projects.

Examples – Within QUT:

Assoc. Professor Alison Marshall (IHBI/School of Public Health, QUT)

Professor Nicholas Graves (IHBI, QUT)

Assoc. Professor Adrian Barnett (IHBI/School of Public Health, QUT)

Dr Pamela Théroux (IHBI/School of Public Health, QUT)

Dr Katharina Merollini (IHBI, QUT)

Examples – External to QUT

Professor Maggie Redshaw (National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, Oxford University,UK)

Dr Rachel Thompson (Dartmouth Centre for Healthcare Delivery Science, Dartmouth College)

Dr Phillippa Diedrichs (Centre for Appearance Research, The University of the West of England)

Professor Jon Adams (University of Technology Sydney, Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery and Health)

Professor Stephanie Brown (Murdoch Children’s Research Centre)

Professor Lyndal Trevena (Sydney School of Public Health,The University of Sydney) Associate Professor

Camille Raynes-Greenow (Centre for Perinatal Infection Research, Discipline of Paediatrics & Child Health, The University of Sydney)

To expand her research-based involvement in health service policy and practice, Associate Professor Miller routinely collaborates with external end-users to integrate research into maternity health service delivery initiatives.

Examples – Service Providers

Dr Michael Beckmann (Director of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Mater Health Services)

Anne Clayton (Nursing Director, Women’s, Children’s and Ambulatory Services, Caboolture Hospital)

Julie Shilton Bevan & David John (Queensland Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages)

Kimberly Gregory (Vice Chair of Women’s Healthcare Quality and Performance Improvement, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Cedars-Sinai, USA)

Industry Collaboration and Consulting

Graves, Theroux & Miller. Partners in Recovery: Local Evaluation Framework. Metro North Brisbane Medicare Local: Partners in Recovery (MNBML:PIR). $82, 365. March-July 2014.

Caboolture and Redcliffe Hospitals and Cisco Systems, Inc. – Development and Evaluation of a Virtual Maternity Clinic. Pro-bono. 2012-2013.

General Practice Queensland and Queensland Health Mental Health Division – The Development of an Evaluation Framework (utilising self-evaluation methodology) for the Partners in Mind (PIM) Initiative. 2010. $44, 800. Caboolture Hospital – Community Partnership Project: “The Breast Feeding Kit”.

Developing and Disseminating a standardised suite of breastfeeding information to GPs and community service professionals to increase consistency in information provided to support breastfeeding. 2009. Pro-bono.

Population Health Services Central Area Health Service (Queensland Health) – MobileMums: Developing software for automated delivery of a physical activity behaviour change program delivered by SMS. 2008-2009. $40, 898.

Queensland Transcultural Mental Health Services, Princess Alexandra Hospital Health Service District. Evaluating the Depression and Chronic Diseases Program of the Queensland Transcultural Mental Health Centre 2008-2010. $25, 020.

Brisbane Youth Services – Evaluating a Capacity Building Initiative for meeting the needs of Brisbane youth with dual-diagnosis of mental illness and drug and alcohol problems. 2008. Pro-bono.

Queensland Health, Brisbane 10 000 Steps Program – Validating self-reported physical activity, height and weight. 2005-2006. $33, 000

Committee Positions

2008 – current: Society for Reproductive and Infant Psychology 2008 – current: Australian College of Midwives

2007 – current:  Australian Health Promotion Association 2006 – current: Australasian Diabetes in Pregnancy Society

2004 – current: Australian and New Zealand Society for Behavioural Medicine

Conferences    

Associate Professor Miller’s work has been presented in over 80 scientific conference presentations at national and international meetings.

Awards (including those awarded to students under Associate Professor Miller’s supervision)

The quality and relevance of Associate Professor Miller’s research has been acknowledged through several awards, outlined below:

Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence, Nominee, 2014 Women in Technology (WiT), Professional Award Nominee, 2014

State of Queensland Award for Best New Investigator – Health Promotion, ($2000), 2009 Australian Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport. Brisbane 14-17th October 2009. Fjeldsoe BS, Miller YD & Marshall AL. Mediators of physical activity behaviour change in MobileMums: An intervention delivered via mobile telephone SMS for postnatal women, 2009

UQ Postdoctoral Award, The contribution of Pregnancy Health Behaviours to Poor Maternal and Infant Health Outcomes in a Community sample in Queensland, 2007

Sanofi-Aventis Travel Grant, Australasian Diabetes in Pregnancy Society 2007 Annual Scientific Meeting. (Denise Koh, PhD candidate) “Physical activity and diet behaviours from pregnancy to postnatal among women with gestational diabetes mellitus.”, 2007

Citation Award, 10th International Congress on Behavioural Medicine, 2008. Fjeldsoe BS, Marshall AL, Miller YD. Beware: Use of accelerometers in field-based physical activity research with women, 2008

Citation Award, 10th International Congress on Behavioural Medicine, 2008. Koh D, Miller YD, Marshall AL, Brown WJ,  McIntyre, HD. Physical activity behaviour among women with previous gestational diabetes mellitus, 2008

Best student poster, Australasian Society for Behavioural Health and Medicine (ASBHM) 8th Annual Scientific Conference, Brisbane, Australia, February 10-12, 2010. Thompson R, Wojcieszek AM, Prosser S & Miller YD. Birth Writes: maximising the Effectiveness of Online Perinatal Health Information, 2010

Honourable Mention award, 2013 International Lactation Consultant Association Conference: Born to Breastfeed: A Global Public Health Imperative, July 25 – 28, 2013, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Brodribb W & Miller YD. Do Home Visits Postpartum Affect Breastfeeding Rates?, 2013

Citation Award, 10th International Congress on Behavioural Medicine, 2008. Koh D, Miller YD, Marshall AL, Brown WJ, McIntyre, HD. Physical activity behaviour among women with previous gestational diabetes mellitus, 2008

Citation Award, 10th International Congress on Behavioural Medicine, 2008. Fjeldsoe BS, Marshall AL, Miller YD. Beware: Use of accelerometers in field-based physical activity research with women, 2008

Citation award, 9th International Congress on Behavioural Medicine, 2008. O’Dwyer S, Miller Y, Brown WJ. Physical activity and memory complaints in older women from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health, 2007

1st place Investigator Award, Cooper Institute Conference Series: Innovative Approaches to Understanding and Influencing Physical Activity, Dallas, Texas, USA. Miller YD, Trost S & Brown WJ: “Will you take care of the kids?” Mediating effects of partner support in changing physical activity among women with young children, 2001

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Yvette Miller.

Publications


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Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Title
Helping Women meet their Physical Activity Goals: A Randomised, Controlled Trial of a Personalised Program Delivered by Mobile Telephone Text Messaging
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
614244
Start year
2010
Keywords
Physical Activity; Health Promotion; Preventive Medicine

Supervision