Associate Professor Tambri Housen

BSc- Nursing (Curtin), MPhil App Epi (ANU), PhD (Curtin)
Honorary Senior Lecturer

Biography

I am an infectious disease epidemiologist with substantial experience in leading teams in international public health programs. My research interests focus on cross-cultural, mixed-methods operational research, that informs policy and culturally relevant evidence-based practice. I have supervised 16 higher degree by research students and authored government reports, policy briefs, peer reviewed publications, and book chapters. I have had the privaledge of being named co-investigator on AUD$13.6 millions of funding for research and workforce strengthening grants.

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy with affiliations with the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health at the Australian National University, and the School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Newcastle. I am currently actively involved in strengthening health security workforce capacity in the Asia-Pacific region through several collaborative projects funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

My leadership style is founded on the practice of values-based leadership. The clear articulation of organizational or program values, and the creation of a positive culture grounded in these values allows for diversity in a team while striving for a common overarching vision which enables success and high levels of job satisfaction in the team.

 

Research

Research interests

  • Cross-cultural mixed-methods research to inform policy and culturally relevant best practice in health care delivery
  • Research promoting evidence-based practice in response to humanitarian crises
  • Research promoting evidence-based practice in the delivery of health care to marginalised populations

Publications

  • Dawel, A, Shou, Y, Smithson, M et al. 2021, 'Corrigendum: The Effect of COVID-19 on Mental Health and Wellbeing in a Representative Sample of Australian Adults', Frontiers in Psychiatry, vol. 11.
  • Banwell, C, Housen, T, Smurthwaite, K et al. 2021, 'Health and social concerns about living in three communities affected by per- And polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS): A qualitative study in Australia', PLOS ONE (Public Library of Science), vol. 16, no. 1.
  • Parry, A, Kirk, M, Durrheim, D et al. 2021, 'Emergency response and the need for collective competence in epidemiological teams', Bulletin of the World Health Organization, vol. 99, no. 5, pp. 351-358.
  • Parry, A, Kirk, M, Durrheim, D et al. 2020, 'Study protocol: building an evidence base for epidemiology emergency response, a mixed-methods study', BMJ Open, vol. 10, no. 6, pp. 1-8.
  • Dawel, A, Shou, Y, Smithson, M et al. 2020, 'The Effect of COVID-19 on Mental Health and Wellbeing in a Representative Sample of Australian Adults', Frontiers in Psychiatry, vol. 11, 579985
  • Kenny, B, Miller, M, McEvoy, V et al 2019, 'A protracted outbreak of Salmonella Hessarek infection associated with one brand of eggs—South Australia, March 2017 - July 2018', Communicable Diseases Intelligence, vol. 43, pp. 1-9.
  • Hii, A, Chughtai, A, Housen, T et al. 2019, 'Epidemic intelligence needs of stakeholders in the Asia-Pacific Region, 2017', International Journal of Infectious diseases, vol. 79, no. S1, pp. 1pp.
  • Harfield, S, Beazley, R, Denehy, E et al. 2019, 'An outbreak and case-control study of Salmonella Havana linked to alfalfa sprouts in South Australia, 2018', Communicable Diseases Intelligence, vol. 43, pp. 1-10.
  • Kenny, B, Miller, M, McEvoy, V et al. 2019, 'A protracted outbreak of Salmonella Hessarek infection associated with one brand of eggs - South Australia, March 2017 - July 2018', Communicable Diseases Intelligence, vol. 43, pp. -.
  • Housen, T, Lenglet, A, Shah, S et al 2019, 'Trauma in the Kashmir Valley and the mediating effect of stressors of daily life on symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety', Conflict and Health, vol. 13, no. 58, pp. 1-9.
  • Housen, T, Ara, S, Shah, A et al. 2019, 'Dua Ti Dawa Ti: understanding psychological distress in the ten districts of the Kashmir Valley and community mental health service needs', Conflict and Health, vol. 13, no. 59, pp. 1-11.
  • Housen, T, Lenglet, A, Ariti, C et al 2018, 'Validation of mental health screening instruments in the Kashmir Valley, India', Transcultural Psychiatry, vol. 55, no. 3, pp. 361-383pp.
  • Fonseca, M, Abdi, A, Karsten, J et al 2018, 'Antibiotic Resistance (ABR) in Neonates with Suspected Sepsis admitted to a Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) supported Medium Care Unit in Quetta, Pakistan', International Journal of Infectious diseases, vol. 73, pp. 123-124pp.
  • Hii, A, Chughtai, A, Housen, T et al 2018, 'Epidemic intelligence needs of stakeholders in the Asia-Pacific region', Western Pacific Surveillance and Response, vol. 9, no. 4, pp. 9pp.
  • Housen, T, Lenglet, A, Ariti, C et al 2017, 'Prevalence of anxiety, depression and posttraumatic stress disorder in the Kashmir Valley', BMJ Global Health, vol. Online, pp. 13pp..
  • Housen, T, Lenglet, A, Ariti, C et al 2017, 'Prevalence of anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder in the Kashmir Valley', BMJ Global Health, vol. 2, no. 4, pp. 1-12.

Teaching

Masters of Philosophy - Applied Epidemiology Scholars

Srean Chimm - Field Placement: Institut Pasteur du Cambodge, jPhnom Penh, Cambodia

Stephanie Wheeler - Field Placement: Hunter New England Population Health Unit, Newcastle, New South Wales

Kirsten Williamson - Field Placement: Hunter New England Population Health Unit, Newcastle, New South Wales

Stephen Harfield - Field Placement: South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute, Adelaide, South Australia

Charlee Law - Communicable Disease Epidemiology. Field Placement: Health Protection New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales

Aurysia Hii - Applied epidemiology of infectious diseases for epidemic response in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. Field Placement: Integrated Systems for Epidemic Response (ISER), University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Bernadette Kenny - Surveillance, prevention and control of infectious disease and trauma in South Australia. Field Placement: South Australian Health Communicable Disease Control Branch, Adelaide, South Australia

Jana Sisnowski - Prevention and control of sexually transmissible infections and other infectious disease across multiple settings. Field Placement: The Kirby Institute for infection and immunity in society, UNSW

Ximena Tolosa - Applied epidemiology of influenza and other respiratory infections in Australia, Bangladesh and Cambodia. Field Placement: World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza (VIDRL), Melbourne, Victoria

 

PhD Candidates

Amy Parry - Strengthening local and international epidemiology workforce during emergencies in low resource settings.

Sally Carter - Developing and evaluating a parent-level intervention to address child mental health needs in humanitarian contexts

Chaturangi Yapa - Primary health care service delivery by international actors in humanitarian emergencies

James Flint - The impact of a field epidemiology and operational research training program on health systems in Papua New Guinea