About

Tammy Allen has 20 years experience in the public health field. For the first decade of her public health career she was as a practitioner coordinating community based public health programs in culturally and geographically diverse settings including the Wheatbelt region of western Australia, the Pacific region (Western Samoa) and far north Queensland.

SInce 2011, Tammy has been working at James Cook University as a teaching/resarch academic teaching 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's research is focused on two key areas - public health emergency operation centers and sustainable, empowering approaches to mosquito borne disease management.

1) Strengthening emergency operation centre responses to public health emergencies

Tammy has been an advisor and consultant to the World Health Organisation's Emergency Operations Centre Network (EOC-NET) Geneva since 2015. This work is focused on strengthening country level responses to public health emergencies such as COVID-19. She is a global EOC research leader, contributing to the research 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 ;

More recently in 2021, Tammy is 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.

 2) Aedes mosquito management and community engagement

Tammy is also completing a PhD project focusing on understanding the factors influencing community engagement and empowering approaches 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.

 

 

 

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)
  • TM5569: Health Promotion Strategies and Methods (Level 5; CNS)
Interests
Research
  • Mosquito borne disease, community engagement
  • Public Health Emergency Operation Centres
Research Disciplines
Honours
Awards
  • 2020 JCU Citation Award : Connecting oral health promotion theory to practice: enhancing dentistry student learning through authentic, real-world experience and collaborative, inspirational teaching.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 2020: Research Consultancy - Chief Investigator World Health Organisation, Contribution, enablers and challenges of using an Emergency Operation Center in Public Health Emergency
  • 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
Publications

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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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  • 5+ collaborations
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