Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Leadership

Professor Adrian Miller

Professor Miller is of the Jirrbal people of North Queensland. 

Prior to coming to CDU, Adrian was Professor of Indigenous Research at Griffith University leading the Indigenous Research Network.  He was also responsible for the development and achievement of the Indigenous research plan; Indigenous student education strategy, performance indicators and targets; the operation of a dedicated student support unit for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students (GUMURRII); and the Indigenous Research Unit. 

Earlier, as Professor and Head of School at Southern Cross University’s College of Indigenous Australian Peoples, Adrian successfully led the re-establishment of the Gnibi School of Indigenous Australian Studies, implementing an innovative learning and teaching program; the development of a research strategic plan; and the delivery of a professional doctoral program.  Other appointments have included Senior Lecturer at James Cook University (JCU), Founding Head of the Department of Indigenous Studies at Macquarie University, and Higher Education Officer with the Federal Government’s Higher Education Division (on secondment from JCU).

Professor Miller’s interest include applied and translational research in communicable diseases in Indigenous communities; Indigenous public health; and Indigenous higher education.  His research capacity development has been a major focus for these activities, which have led to positive outcomes for Indigenous community members and organisations.

Adrian has supervised undergraduate honours and post-graduate research projects that focus on Indigenous health within medicine, allied health and public health disciplines.  He has undertaken leadership roles in community-based and government committees to advocate the view of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and one of his most notable attainments came in 2008 when he was invited to speak at the Oxford Round Table, Rhodes House in Oxford University.  He has twice been awarded the Australian College of Educators Teaching Award.

Professor Adrian Miller


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Office of PVC Indigenous Leadership
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