Tammy Allen has been working in the public health field for 20 years. Her career began as a practitioner coordinating community based projects in a range of culturally and geographically diverse settings including rural injury prevention in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia, youth health development in low socio-economic communities in Perth, suicide prevention in Western Samoa and dengue fever prevention in north Queensland. She has also been involved in strengthening health system responses to public health emergencies through supporting the use public health emergency operation centres. 

Over the last decade Tammy has transferred her practitioner skills into an academic environment where she teaches the next generation of public health practitioners a wide range of knowledge and skills from risk communication and community engagement; to public health project planning and evaluation; and public health emergency operation center planning.

Since 2015, Tammy has worked closely with the World Health Organisation, Emergency Operations Centre Network in the development of key documents considered best practice in responding to public health emergencies across the globe. The following are links to the documents she has contributed to, and been acknowledged in:

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=1

Tammy has also demonstrated leadership in risk communication and public heatlh emergency response, as an invited guest to a joint workshop European CDC and the Asia-Europe Foundation (2016) How Can We Be Better Prepared for the Next Global Health Threat? Planning and Implementing Emergency Risk Communication. https://www.asef.org/images/docs/Workshop%20Report%20FINAL%20Hi_resolution.pdf


  • HS2406: Health Promotion in Dentistry (Level 2; CNS)
  • TM5525: Communicable Disease Control (Level 5; TSV)
  • TM5569: Health Promotion Strategies and Methods (Level 5; CNS)
  • Community engagement
  • Oral Health Promotion
  • Mosquito Borne Disease Prevention
  • Public Health Emergency Operation Centres
  • 2007 to 2012 - Senior Health Promotion Advisor/Injury Prevention Network Coordinator, Tropical Regional Services (Cairns)
  • 2005 to 2007 - Youth Health Development Officer, 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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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Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - ASEAN-Pacific Infectious Disease Detection and Response (APIDDaR) Program

Securing the frontline for health secure communities

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$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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