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Ms Margaret Miller

Research Project Manager

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 6549, Mobile: 0418422835, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO31.502
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 6549
Mobile: 0418422835
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO31.502  


Margaret is a Senior Research Project Manager in the School of Medicine and Health Sciences


  • Public health nutritionist with extensive experience in planning, costing, implementing and evaluating  nutrition and health promotion policies and programs at local, state and national level in Australia.
  • Principal or Associate Investigator for a range of local, state and national public health nutrition, epidemiological and health promotion research projects.
  • Author of over 30 research and evaluation papers in peer reviewed journals and numerous published health promotion strategic plans, program evaluation reports and nutritional surveys.
  • Freelance journalist with over 200 published articles on nutrition and health. Editorial advisor Health & Medicine, West Australian Newspaper

Professional Associations

  • Professional Affairs Secretary and member World Public Health Nutrition Association
  • Life Member Dietitians Association of Australia
  • Accredited Practicing Dietitian (DAA)

Awards and Recognition

National and International Awards

  • John M Kinney award for best paediatric nutrition paper in Nutrition journal 2014
  • Most downloaded paper in Australian Journal Primary Health 2013
  • Life membership Dietitians Association of Australia 2014
  • National Service Award 1992 Dietitians Association of Australia 1992

University and National Teaching Awards

  • Vice Chancellor’s Award Community Engagement 2012

National and International Research Positions

  • APHCRI Linkage and Exchange Travelling Fellowship 2007

Research Areas and Interests

  • Nutrition promotion implementation and evaluation in schools, nutrition monitoring and surveillance, public health nutrition workforce and capacity building


  • Graduate Diploma in Public Sector Management, Curtin University of Technology, 1993.
  • Master of Applied Science (Public Health), Curtin University of Technology, 1981.
  • Graduate Diploma in Dietetics, Curtin University of Technology, 1975.


Recent Research Grants

  • Request for food and nutrition curriculum support materials as part of the WA Healthy Children Program - K-10 School Food and Nutrition Curriculum Support Materials,  Department of Health WA,  WA Healthy Children Program,  2013 - 2021,  $982,895.
  • What motivates and supports primary school teachers to teach nutrition?,  Healthway (WA Health Promotion Foundation),  Healthway - Scholarship,  2016 - 2019,  $111,111.
  • Transformational games: A way to engage adolescents in nutrition education? ,  Healthway (WA Health Promotion Foundation),  Health Promotion Research - Exploratory Research Grants,  2016 - 2018,  $56,634.
  • Evaluation of Foodbank WA s School Breakfast and Food Nutrition Program (01/2015FBWA),  Foodbank,  Grant,  2015 - 2018,  $345,288.
  • Integrating student engagement and best practice pedagogy relevant to Year 7-8 students in a nutrition education (life skills) context: A conceptual framework approach.,  Healthway (WA Health Promotion Foundation),  Healthway - Scholarship,  2015 - 2017,  $58,816.
  • ’Bodysnarking’ among adolescent girls: Peers, body image and social media,  Healthway (WA Health Promotion Foundation),  Healthway - Research Starter Grant,  2013 - 2016,  $28,463.
  • SNACPlus: A whole-of-centre approach to healthy eating in WA Child Care Centres.,  Healthway (WA Health Promotion Foundation),  Healthway - Research Starter Grant,  2014 - 2016,  $28,216.
  • Ngala Parent Healthy Lifestyle Program,  Ngala Community Services,  Department of Health Grant,  2013 - 2015,  $111,170.
  • Changing Health Acting Together: CHAT Evaluation ,  Catholic Education Office of WA,  School Drug Education and Road Aware,  2013 - 2015,  $120,486.
  • Research and Evaluation Framework Stage 2 Proposal: Implementation Support,  Department of Health WA,  Grant,  2013 - 2015,  $44,918.
  • A review of the WA Healthy School Project (WAHSP) for the Child and Adolescent Community Health, WA Country Health Service, and the Chronic Disease Prevention Directorate,  Department of Health WA,  Health Corporate Network Tender,  2013 - 2015,  $134,523.
  • Development of a Research and Evaluation Framework to Guide NfP Tenders, Delivery and Reporting on Good Health Funded Health Promotion Programs,  Department of Health WA,  Grant,  2012 - 2013,  $98,595.
  • Preventing Early Childhood Obesity: Translating Evidence into Practice,  Healthway (WA Health Promotion Foundation),  Healthway - Grant,  2008 - 2012,  $440,689.
  • Further analyses of the CAPANS 2008 nutrition data sets,  Department of Sport and Recreation WA,  Physical Activity Task Force - Grant,  2010 - 2011,  $49,709.
  • Preventing Obesity from Early Childhood,  Department of Health WA,  Grant,  2010 - 2011,  $29,936.
  • Children and Adolescent Physical Activity and Nutrition Survey 2008,  Department of Sport and Recreation WA,  Grant,  2008 - 2010,  $497,189.
  • Evaluation of the Department of Education and Training's Physical Activity Strategy,  Department of Education and Training WA,  Grant,  2007 - 2008,  $52,033.
  • Engaging Families in Primary Care - International Collaboration to Overcome Barriers,  Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute,  Linkage & Exchange Travelling Fellowships,  2007,  $39,860.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Milne, E., Greenop, KR., Ramankutty, P., Miller, M., De Klerk, NH., Armstrong, BK., Almond, T., O'Callaghan, NJ., Fenech, M., (2015), Blood micronutrients and DNA damage in children. Molecular Nutrition and Food Research, 59(10), 2057-2065, Germany, Wiley-VCH Verlag, DOI: 10.1002/mnfr.201500110.
  • Greenop, K., Miller, M., Bailey, H., De Klerk, N., Attia, J., Kellie, S., Bower, C., Armstrong, B., Milne, E., (2015), Childhood folate, B6, B12, and food group intake and the risk of childhood brain tumors: results from an Australian case–control study. Cancer Causes and Control, 26(6), 871-879, Netherlands, Kluwer Academic Publishers, DOI: 10.1007/s10552-015-0562-z.
  • Milne, E., O'Callaghan, N., Ramankutty, P., De Klerk, NH., Greenop, KR., Armstrong, BK., Miller, M., Fenech, M., (2015), Plasma micronutrient levels and telomere length in children. Nutrition, 31(2), 331-336, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.nut.2014.08.005.
  • Rudant, J., Lightfoot, T., Urayama, KY., Petridou, E., Dockerty, JD., Magnani, C., Milne, E., Spector, LG., Ashton, LJ., Dessypris, N., Kang, AY., Miller, M., Rondelli, R., Simpson, J., Stiakaki, E., Orsi, L., Roman, E., Metayer, C., Infante-Rivard, C., Clavel, J., (2015), Childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia and indicators of early immune stimulation: A childhood leukemia international consortium study. American Journal of Epidemiology, 181(8), 549-562, Oxford University Press, DOI: 10.1093/aje/kwu298.
  • Milne, E., Greenop, KR., Scott, RJ., Haber, M., Norris, MD., Attia, J., Jamieson, SE., Miller, M., Bower, C., Bailey, HD., Dawson, S., McCowage, GB., De Klerk, NH., Van Bockxmeer, FM., Armstrong, BK., (2015), Folate pathway gene polymorphisms, maternal folic acid use, and risk of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention, 24(1), 48-56, American Association for Cancer Research Inc., DOI: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-14-0680.
  • Greenop, KR., Bailey, HD., Miller, M., Scott, RJ., Attia, J., Ashton, LJ., Downie, P., Armstrong, BK., Milne, E., (2015), Breastfeeding and nutrition to 2 years of age and risk of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia and brain tumors. Nutrition and Cancer, 67(3), 431-441, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/01635581.2015.998839.
  • Greenop, KR., Miller, M., Bailey, HD., Scott, RJ., Attia, J., Bower, C., Van Bockxmeer, FM., Ashton, LJ., Armstrong, BK., Milne, E., (2015), Paternal dietary folate, B6 and B12 intake, and the risk of childhood brain tumors. Nutrition and Cancer, 67(2), 224-230, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/01635581.2015.990571.
  • Bailey, H., Miller, M., Greenop, K., Bower, C., Attia, J., Marshall, G., Armstrong, B., Milne, E., (2014), Paternal intake of folate and vitamins B6 and B12 before conception and risk of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Cancer Causes and Control, 25(12), 1615-1625, Netherlands, Springer Netherlands, DOI: 10.1007/s10552-014-0466-3.
  • Greenop, K., Miller, M., Attia, J., Ashton, L., Cohn, R., Armstrong, B., Milne, E., (2014), Maternal consumption of coffee and tea during pregnancy and risk of childhood brain tumors: results from an Australian case–control study. Cancer Causes and Control, 25(10), 1321-1327, Netherlands, Springer Netherlands, DOI: 10.1007/s10552-014-0437-8.
  • Greenop, K., Miller, M., De Klerk, N., Scott, R., Attia, J., Ashton, L., Dalla-Pozza, L., Bower, C., Armstrong, B., Milne, E., (2014), Maternal dietary intake of folate and vitamins B6 and B12 during pregnancy and risk of childhood brain tumors. Nutrition and Cancer: an international journal, 66(5), 800-809, United Kingdom, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/01635581.2014.916326.
  • Miller, M., Hearn, L., Van Der Plight, P., Willcox, J., Campbell, K., (2014), Preventing maternal and early childhood obesity: the fetal flaw in Australian perinatal care. Australian Journal of Primary Health, 20(2), 123-127, , DOI: 10.1071/PY13080.
  • Hearn, L., Miller, M., Lester, L., (2014), Reaching Perinatal Women Online: The Healthy You, Healthy Baby Website and App. Journal of Obesity, 2014(1), Article 573928, Hindawi Publishing Corporation, DOI: 10.1155/2014/573928.
  • Martin, K., Rosenberg, M., Pratt, I., Miller, M., McCormack, G., Giles-Corti, B., Magarey, A., Bull, F., Devine, A., (2014), Prevalence of overweight, obesity and underweight in Western Australian school-aged children; 2008 compared with 2003. PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITION, 17(12), 2687-2691, CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS, Cambridge University Press, DOI: 10.1017/S136898001300311X.
  • Ramankutty, P., De Klerk, N., Miller, M., Fenech, M., O'Callaghan, N., Armstrong, BK., Milne, E., (2014), Ultraviolet radiation exposure and serum vitamin D levels in young children. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 50(9), 713-720, Milton QLD, Blackwell Publishing, DOI: 10.1111/jpc.12657.
  • Arrow, P., Raheb, J., Miller, M., (2013), Brief oral health promotion intervention among parents of young children to reduce early childhood dental decay. BMC Public Health, 13(1), Article 245, United Kingdom, BioMed Central, DOI: 10.1186/1471-2458-13-245.
  • Hearn, L., Miller, M., Fletcher, A., (2013), Online healthy lifestyle support in the perinatal period: What do women want and do they use it?. Australian Journal of Primary Health, 19(4), 313-318, DOI: 10.1071/PY13039.

Conference Publications

  • Miller, M., Hearn, L., Fletcher, A., Green, L., (2013), Ngala Healthy You, Healthy Baby: a personalized online program to support healthy weight in pregnancy and early life. Refereed Proceedings of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association conference: Global Networks-Global Divides: Bridging New and Traditional Communication Challenges, 21p.,, Australian and New Zealand Communication Association.

Research Student Supervision

Associate Supervisor

  • Master of Public Health,  Development Of The Meal Framework: A Multiliteracies Approach To Engaging Adolescents In Nutrition Education
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