Tammy Allen has 20 years experience working in the public health field. Trained as a health promotion practitioner she has a diverse set of skills including project management, research, evaluation, communication, and emergency preparedness and response.

Tammy spent the first 10 years of her career as a practitioner coordinating community based projects in a range of culturally and geographically diverse settings including the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia; low socio-economic communities in Perth; Western Samoa and north Queensland. Over the last decade she has transferred her practitioner skills into an academic environment where she teaches the next generation of public health practitioners topics from risk communication and community engagement; to public health project planning and evaluation; and public health emergency operation center planning.

Tammy has three diverse research areas of interest:

1) Strengthening emergency operation centre responses to public health emergencies

2021 - Tammy is currently leading the research underpinning the revision of the WHO Framework for a Public Health Emergency Operations Centre, with a particular focus on exploring the barriers, enablers and challenges of using a PHEOC to respond to PHEs including COVID-19. (Consultancy $26,000)

Since 2015, Tammy has worked closely with the World Health Organisation, Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) Network in strengthening country level responses to public health emergencies such as COVID-19. She is a global leader in EOC research, having helped develop the evidence base underpinning the best practice guidelines and handbooks for establishing public health emergency operations centres: World Health Organisation (2015) Framework for a Public Health Emergency Operations Centre : https://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/196135/9789241565134_eng.pdf?sequence=1 ; World Health Organisation, Handbook for Developing a Public Health Emergency Operations Centre, Part C: Training and Exercises:  https://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/311545/9789241515139-eng.pdf?sequence=1 ;World Health Organisation, Handbook for Developing a Public Health Emergency Operations Centre Part A: Policies, Plans and Procedures : https://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/277191/9789241515122-eng.pdf?sequence=1T

 2) Aedes mosquito management and community engagement

Tammy is currently implementing a PhD project focusing on understanding the factors influencing community engagement in mosquito management in high income countries. Tammy is passionate about promoting bottom up approaches to health outcomes, particularly in the context of mosquito borne diseases having previously worked in this field in north Queensland.

3) Oral Health Promotion

Tammy has been teaching JCU Dentistry students health promotion since 2011. As part of this, she has supervised dentistry student 4th year research projects focused on oral health promotion. She is always interested in looking at ways to strengthen health promotion in dentistry through teaching and through implementing local oral health promotion projects in collaboration with dentistry students and industry.




  • HS2406: Health Promotion in Dentistry (Level 2; CNS)
  • TM5525: Communicable Disease Control (Level 5; TSV)
  • TM5547: Public Health Program Planning and Evaluation (Level 5; CNS)
  • TM5569: Health Promotion Strategies and Methods (Level 5; CNS)
  • Oral Health Promotion
  • Public Health Emergency Operation Centres
  • 2019 to present - Senior Lecturer, James Cook University
  • 2012 to 2019 - Lecturer, James Cook University
  • 2010 to 2012 - Casual lecturer, James Cook University
  • 2007 to 2012 - Senior Health Promotion Advisor/Injury Prevention Network Coordinator, Tropical Regional Services (Cairns)
  • 2005 to 2007 - Youth Health Development Specialist, South Metro Public Health (Perth, Western Australia)
  • 2004 - Education, Information and Communication Program Officer, Samoa Lifeline (Western Samoa)
  • 2003 to 2004 - Research Officer, University of Western Australia (Perth, Western Australia)
  • 2002 to 2003 - Health Promotion Officer - Injury Prevention, Wheatbelt Public Health Unit (Northam, Western Australia)
  • 2001 to 2002 - Research Assistant, Curtin University
Research Disciplines
  • Best Paper 2017 - Journal of Tropical Medicine and Health : Impact of the Lymphatic Filariasis Control Program towards elimination of filariasis in Vanuatu: 1997-2006.
  • 2020 JCU Citation Award : Connecting oral health promotion theory to practice: enhancing dentistry student learning through authentic, real-world experience and collaborative, inspirational teaching.
  • 2018 - Sustainable Development Goals and Citizen Science & Maximisation Group
  • 2017 - WHO Collaborating Centre for Vector-borne and Neglected Tropical Diseases
  • 2014 to 2021 - WHO EOC-Network Member, WHO temporary advisor
  • 2015 to 2019 - Public Health Association of Australia, Oral Health Working Group; Queensland Representative (2016&2017)
  • 2016 to 2017 - Australian Health Promotion Association Member
  • 2021: Research Consultancy - Chief Investigator World Health Organisation, Cross sectional survey exploring key shortcomings and opportunities to improve the WHO Framework for a Public Health Emergency Operations Centre – Tammy Allen ($13,000)
  • 2020: Research Consultancy - Chief Investigator World Health Organisation, Contribution, enablers and challenges of using an Emergency Operation Center in Public Health Emergency Management: Scoping Review ($13,000)
  • 2019 - Poster Presentation - EOC Research Gaps and Opportunities @ EOC-Network Annual General Meeting
  • 2018 - Teaching Consultancy: Deadly Sex Project Planning Workshop
  • 2016 - Teaching Consultancy: Health Promotion 5 Day Short Course
  • 2015 - Co-Chief Investigator: WHO Summary Report and Glossary. Contract funding $9000 US; TA $A1000
  • 2014 - Co-Investigator: WHO Systematic Review of Public Health Emergency Center Policy, Plans and Procedures. Contract funding $US10,000; TA $A1279
  • 2014 - Australasian Tropical Health Conference, Cairns. Presentation : Using a disaster management system to respond to public health emergencies

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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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