Tammy is an experienced public health practitioner, researcher and dedicated educator. She has worked in the public health field for over 20 years. Her interests and expertise are primarily in community engagement and mosquito borne disease management, using behavioural and social science perspectives, as well as health system strengthening specifically in public health emergency operation center management. This expertise has been recognised globally, with current and previous high-level involvement with the World Health Organization, in both these areas.

Recent consultancies/working groups/advisory roles

2021- Current, Member WHO Technical Advisory Group - Arbovirus,  assisting the rollout of the new Global Arbovirus Initiative. https://www.who.int/groups/technical-advisory-group-arbovirus-(tag-arbovirus)/about

2015-2021 Research Consultant & Temporary Advisor, WHO EOC-NET

2021 Chief Investigator, EOC global cross sectional survey 

2021/2022 co-contributor update of WHO Framework for a Public Health Emergency Operations Centre 2nd Edition (yet to be published)

2015-2019 Advisor 7x WHO EOC-NET Meetings (6x Geneva and Thailand)

2015 Co-contributor WHO Best Practice Guidelines Framework for Public Health Emergency Operation Centre 2015

Handbook for developing a public health emergency operations centre, Part  A – policies, plans, procedures, & part C – training and exercise; WHO Systematic Review of Public Health Emergency Operation Plans and Procedures             

Recent presentations/guest speaker invitations

2023 - Invited speaker 'Communication for Behavioural Impact in Dengue Fever Outbreak Response'. WHO-SEARO Webinar Series on Dengue Outbreak Control in the South-East Asia Region.

2023 - Invited speaker‘Best practice community engagement in Arbovirus control in the Asia-Pacific Region’. WHO TAG Arbovirus Meeting, Ghana.

2023 - Oral Presentation - Factors influencing community participation approaches in Aedes management in the Torres Strait, 15th Mosquito Control Association of Australia Conference, Brisbane

2023 - Poster Presentation - Aedes mosquito management in the Torres Strait: what is impeding a community-based model of practice? 2nd Annual Southern Cross Tropical Medicine Conference, Sydney, Australia.

2021 - Poster Presentation - The buzz factors influencing community engagement in Aedes aegypti management in north Queensland. Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service Symposium, Cairns, Australia 

2019 -  Poster Presentation‘Gaps and Opportunities in EOC Research’, WHO Health Emergency Operation Centres Network Meeting, Chiang Mai, Thailand 

2019 - Invited Panel Chair Emergency Operations Centers, Research and Innovation, WHO Health Emergency Operation Centres Network Meeting, Chiang Mai, Thailand.

2019 - Allen, T, Crouch, A, Topp, SM. Mosquito-borne disease and community engagement in high-income countries: scoping review. Global Health Security Conference. Sydney, Australia (Poster Presentation)

2017 - Invited Speaker, ‘Community Engagement and Risk Communication' Health and Humanitarian Action in Emergencies Course, Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance, Hawaii (held in Cairns)

2016 - Invited Expert, Asia-Europe Foundation and European Centre Disease Control: How can we better prepared for the next global health threat: planning & implementing risk communication. Stockholm, Sweden.

2014 - Spencer, R, Allen, T. ‘Systematic Review of PHEOC Plans and Procedures’, First Public Health Emergency Operation Centre Framework Meeting, WHO, Geneva (Oral Presentation).

2014 - Spencer, R. Allen, T. Using a disaster management system to respond to public health emergencies, Australasian Tropical Health Conference, Cairns, Australia (Oral Presentation)

2011 - Allen, T. Long, S. Dengue Fever Social Mobilisation Pilot Project, Australian Health Promotion Association Conference, Cairns, Australia.

Recent Awards

2020 - Team Lead, JCU Citation Teaching Award  

2017 - First Author, Best Paper: Journal of Tropical Medicine and Health : Impact of the Lymphatic Filariasis Control Program towards elimination of filariasis in Vanuatu: 1997-2006.

  • HS2406: Health Promotion in Dentistry (Level 2; CNS)
  • TM5525: Communicable Disease Control (Level 5; TSV)
  • TM5547: Public Health Program Planning and Evaluation (Level 5; TSV)
  • Mosquito borne disease, community engagement
  • Public Health Emergency Operation Centres
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2020 - 2020 JCU Citation Award : Connecting oral health promotion theory to practice: enhancing dentistry student learning through authentic, real-world experience and collaborative, inspirational teaching.
  • 2017 - Best Paper 2017 - Journal of Tropical Medicine and Health : Impact of the Lymphatic Filariasis Control Program towards elimination of filariasis in Vanuatu: 1997-2006.
  • 2017 to 2023 - WHO Collaborating Centre for Vector-borne and Neglected Tropical Diseases
  • 2014 to 2021 - WHO EOC-Network Member, WHO advisor/consultant
  • 2015 to 2019 - Public Health Association of Australia, Oral Health Working Group; Queensland Representative (2016&2017)
  • 2016 to 2017 - Australian Health Promotion Association Member
  • 2022 - Public Health Program Planning and Evaluation Masterclass
  • 2018 - Teaching Consultancy: Deadly Sex Project Planning Workshop
  • 2016 - Teaching Consultancy: Health Promotion 5 Day Short Course

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Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) - ASEAN-Pacific Infectious Disease Detection and Response (APIDDaR) Program

Securing the frontline for health secure communities

Indicative Funding
$795,776 over 3 years (administered by Red Cross Australia)
The aim is to build capacity to detect/respond to infectious disease outbreaks through frontline public health (human and animal) workforce which includes community members, volunteers, community health workers, environmental health workers, biosecurity and environmental officers and primary health care staff. This will be achieved through: Strengthened capability at community/primary care levels to anticipate outbreaks; Improved response at early stages of potential outbreaks; A quality timely and thorough response to outbreaks at the frontline level ; An operational learning and feedback process for continued improvement and currency of detection of and response to infectious diseases outbreaks.
Maxine Whittaker, Lisa Natoli, Allen Ross, Effie Espino, Lars Henning, Sarah Larkins, Sarah-Jane Wilson, Sandra Downing, Tammy Allen, Mahmudur Rahman, Sayera Banu, Nadia Ali Rima, Asharul Islam, Sukanta Chowdhury, Syed Moinuddin Satter and Veronica Bell (College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences, Red Cross Australia, Icddr,b, Research Institute of Tropical Medicine, College of Medicine & Dentistry and Australian Research Centre for Medical Engineering (UWA))
Health security; Infectious Diseases; Surveillance Systems; Community Engagement; One Health; Health workforce development

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