Ms Tamara Riley

PhD, MPhil (Applied Epidemiology), BVSc, DipGov, ProfCert Indigenous Research, GradCert Indigenous Research and Leadership
Research Associate
ANU College of Health and Medicine
T: 02 6125 5499

Areas of expertise

  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Health And Wellbeing 4504
  • Veterinary Sciences 3009
  • Epidemiology 4202
  • One Health 420315
  • Public Health 4206

Research interests

One Health, animal health and management, zoonoses, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing, epidemiology, Indigenous data sovereignty


Tamara Riley is a Wiradjuri woman with family ties to Western NSW. Tamara is an Early Career Researcher within the National Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Wellbeing Research at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health (NCEPH) where she completed her PhD. She has also been a Visiting Scholar at The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies and The Roslin Institute at the University of Edinburgh. Tamara is a Veterinarian and Epidemiologist, and her research focuses on One Health (the relationship between animal, human and environmental health) within Aboriginal communities. 

Tamara completed a Bachelor of Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney and went on to complete the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources graduate program with a Diploma of Government. She completed a Masters of Philosophy in Applied Epidemiology at the ANU, Graduate Certificate of Indigenous Research and Leadership, and the Melbourne Poche Leadership Fellows Program at the University of Melbourne. Tamara has also worked as a Researcher at the National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA) and as a member of Wildlife Health Australia's (WHA) Management Committee.

Researcher's projects

Riley, T. Walu-win mayiny balugan mawang (well people and animals all together): Implications for One Health and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

Riley T, Meredith A, Anderson NE, Cumming B, Thandrayen J, Lovett R. Undertaking One Health research with Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities: Implications of a One Health pilot study. CABI One Health Cases. Dec 2023.  

Riley T, Lovett R, Cumming B, Meredith A, Anderson NE, Thandrayen J. Data analysis of zoonoes notifications in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Populations in Australia 1996-2021: Implications for One Health. Frontiers in Public Health. Oct 2023, 11:1175835.

Riley T, Cumming B, Thandrayen J, Meredith A, Anderson NE, Lovett R. One Health and Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities: A One Health Pilot Study. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health. July 2023, 20, 6416.

Riley T, Anderson NE, Lovett R, Meredith A, Cumming B. Zoonoses and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population: A One Health scoping review. PLOS Global Public Health. 2022 Oct 2(10): e0000921.

Riley T, Guthrie J, Whop L, Walsh N, Jackson A, Weeramanthri T. A successful partnership model for COVID-19 vaccination in Aboriginal communities in New South Wales. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. 2022 Aug.

Riley T, Anderson NE, Lovett R, Meredith A, Cumming B, Thandrayen J. One Health in Indigenous Communities: A Critical Review of the Evidence. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021 Oct 28;18(21):11303. 

Riley T, Lovett R, Banks E, Thandrayen J, Sherriff S, Muthayya S, Spokes L, Wright L, Thurber KA. Markers of chronic disease risk in a cohort of Aboriginal children: findings from the Study of Environment on Aboriginal Resilience and Child Health (SEARCH). Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. 2021 Dec;45(6):637-42.  

Riley T, Lovett R, Thandrayen J, Cumming B, Thurber KA. Evaluating Impacts of a One Health Approach to Companion Animal Health and Management in a Remote Aboriginal Community in the Northern Territory, Australia. Animals. 2020 Oct 1;10(10):1790.

Riley T. 2020. Partnerships in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research

Projects and Grants

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