Tambri Housen

Associate Professor, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle; Founding Director, Solidarity in Health

Tambri is an Associate Professor and infectious disease epidemiologist, affiliated with the University of Newcastle and the Australian National University. Tambri completed a Bachelor of Science (Nursing), Diploma in Tropical Nursing, Master in Public Health and Tropical Medicine, PhD in International Health, and Master of Philosophy in Applied Epidemiology. Tambri has over 20 years’ experience developing and delivering trainings for population health practitioners from diverse backgrounds, including frontline community health care workers in Africa and Asia, health security workforce in the Indo-Pacific region and various post-graduate university training programs. Tambri has worked as a consultant field epidemiologist with Australian Public Health Departments, Médecins Sans Frontières, the World Health Organization's Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN), and a number of private consultancy companies.

Between 2017 – 2021 Tambri served as faculty on Australia’s FETP (Masters of Applied Epidemiology - MAE), in the roles of curriculum convenor and program convenor. Through her university affiliations Tambri continues to supervise MAE fellows and PhD candidates focused on quality improvement, inclusivity, and impact evaluation of FETP training programs. In 2018 Tambri received the Australian National University Joint Colleges of Science Award for Excellence in Education in recognition of her approach to student supervision, and in 2019 she became a fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She is currently completing a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

Tambri is actively involved in strengthening field epidemiology capability in the Asia-Pacific region, working with the National Department of Health in Papua New Guinea on creating a scaffold for a nationally sustainable FETP. A significant component of this work involves the review and update of the intermediate curricula to ensure contextualization and constructive alignment of content, learning outcomes, assessment criteria, and core competencies. In this role Tambri is also working with partners on development and piloting of a One Health frontline FETP program, and a multi-stage rapid response team and after action review training program. This work has a strong focus on strengthening the capability of FETP trainers and mentors in principles of adult learning, leadership, and mentoring.

Tambri’s research interests include cross-cultural mixed-methods research to inform policy and culturally relevant best practice in health care delivery and research promoting community engagement in evidence-based decision making.