About

Tammy has been working in the public health field for over 20 years and has diverse interests in the communicable and non-communicable disease field. She spent the first 10 years of her career coordinating community-based public health/health promotion programs in culturally and geographically diverse settings including injury prevention and youth health development in Western Australia, suicide prevention in Western Samoa, and injury prevention in north Queensland. Tammy was part of the coordination team who were successful in certifying Cairns as a WHO Safe Community in 2009.

After this point, Tammy's shifted focus to the public health emergency field, as a health promotion advisor in the first emergency operation centre established in Queensland to respond to a large dengue fever outbreak in north Queensland (2008-2009).

In 2010/11, Tammy began working at JCU and progressed her work in the public health emergency field at a global level. In 2015, she was part of a team engaged by WHO, Geneva, to conduct research informing the development of the best practice guidelines- Framework for a Public Health Emergency Operations Centre. Since this time she has been an advisor/consultant to WHO's EOC-NET.   In 2021, Tammy led the research underpinning the updating of the WHO Framework for a Public Health Emergency Operations Centre exploring the barriers, enablers and challenges of using a PHEOC to respond to PHEs including COVID-19. Tammy was also part of the writing team updating the Framework.

Drawing on her social science and community engagement expertise in dengue fever prevention, Tammy is leading a PhD project looking at community empowerment and Aedes mosquito management. In 2021, she was selected to be part of the World Health Organisation's new Technical Advisory Group for Arboviruses, to assist with the implementation of a new Global Integrated Arbovirus Initiative - https://www.who.int/groups/technical-advisory-group-arbovirus-(tag-arbovirus)/about

Teaching - In 2020, she led a team to winning a JCU Teaching Citation Award for connecting oral health promotion theory to practice: enhancing dentistry student learning through authentic, real-world experience and collaborative, inspirational teaching.

Teaching
  • 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)
Interests
Research
  • Mosquito borne disease, community engagement
  • Public Health Emergency Operation Centres
Research Disciplines
Honours
Awards
  • 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.
Memberships
  • 2017 to 2021 - 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
Other
  • 2020: Research Consultancy - Chief Investigator World Health Organisation, Contribution, enablers and challenges of using an Emergency Operation Center in Public Health Emergency
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 2021 - Oral Presentation: The buzz factors influencing community engagement in Aedes aegypti management in north Queensland. Australian Mosquito Association Conference
  • 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.
  • 2014 - Co-Investigator: WHO Systematic Review of Public Health Emergency Center Policy, Plans and Procedures. Contract funding
  • 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)
Summary
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.
Investigators
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))
Keywords
Health security; Infectious Diseases; Surveillance Systems; Community Engagement; One Health; Health workforce development
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