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Associate Professor Yvette Miller
Associate Professor
Faculty of Health,
School of Public Health & Social Work
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Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI),
IHBI Health Projects,
IHBI Public Health and Social Work - HDHS
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Public Health and Health Services
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Doctor of Philosophy - Human Movement Studies (University of Queensland), BA (Psychology) (Hons) (University of Newcastle)


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


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.

Yvette is a specialist in evaluating health and community services from the perspective of the people that use and deliver them, and designing products and services that enable quality healthcare decision making. Her expertise has primarily been applied in maternity, mental health, and alcohol and other drug services.

Her distinguished national and international reputation is based primarily on her theoretical and applied innovations in the field of maternity care. Her work holds women at the centre of maternity care, finding new ways for women to effectively access and engage with maternal and infant health information (health literacy), work with their maternity healthcare providers to select appropriate treatments or management options (shared decision making), and provide feedback on their maternity care processes and outcomes (quality improvement). She is committed to growing an evidence-base in consumer-centred maternity care that can be readily converted into improved policy and practice for real-world benefits.

Most of Yvette’s research is applied, and about moving initiatives with proven small-scale effectiveness into field settings to establish their impact. She collaborates with a broad array of health professionals and social and behavioural scientists who share a public health or population-level perspective in planning and conducting research, and a woman-centred and consumer-focused approach to health service delivery and reform.

She has received over 9 million dollars in research funding and co-founded the Queensland Centre for Mothers & Babies and the Having a Baby in Queensland Survey Program. With consumers and other collaborators, Yvette has developed products and systems for consumer-centred public reporting of maternity health service performance and consumer decision making (such as the ‘Birthplace’ facility comparison tool, and a suite of decision-making tools for specific medical procedures in pregnancy and birth). She also co-designed ‘MobileMums’, a program dedicated to supporting women’s physical activity after birth.

Her collaborative research 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, Queensland Health, Caboolture Hospital and the Mater Hospital. To date, Yvette has authored and co-authored over 200 books, journal articles, technical and research reports and conference proceedings.

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Yvette Miller.


HDR supervision is central to Associate Professor Miller’s teaching and research agenda. The PhD, Masters and Honours students whom she has mentored have routinely published articles from their work in peer-reviewed journals and gone on to create careers in clinical, research, and academic settings. She takes an individualised, apprentice-based approach that supports students in the preparation of their theses while facilitating a broad and strategic approach to skill development that is tailored to individual goals.


This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Yvette Miller.


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
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


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.


For publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Research projects

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

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
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Physical Activity;Health Promotion;Preventive Medicine