Professor of Planetary Health, University of Sydney

Tony Capon is Professor of Planetary Health in the School of Public Health at the University of Sydney. A former director of the global health institute at United Nations University (UNU-IIGH), he is a public health physician and authority in environmental health and health promotion. His research focuses on urbanisation, sustainable development and population health. Tony has 30 years of leadership and management experience in public health research, education, policy and practice.

Previously, Tony held professorial appointments with Australian National University and the University of Canberra. He was the founding convenor of the climate change adaptation research network for human health in Australia. The inaugural director of public health and medical officer of health in western Sydney, Tony also worked on the control of non-communicable diseases with the charitable organisation Oxford Health Alliance.

Since 2008, Tony has been advising the International Council for Science on the development of a global interdisciplinary science program on health and wellbeing in the changing urban environment using systems approaches. He has held National Health and Medical Research Council and World Health Organization Fellowships, and has served in numerous honorary leadership roles with professional societies and not-for-profit organisations including the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine in the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, the International Society for Urban Health and the Frank Fenner Foundation (previously called Nature and Society Forum).

Experience

  • 2016–present
    Professor of Planetary Health, University of Sydney
  • 2013–2016
    Director, International Institute for Global Health, United Nations University
  • 2011–2013
    Foundation Professor and Head, Discipline of Public Health, University of Canberra
  • 2008–2011
    Professor of Population Health, Australian National University
  • 2007–2008
    Consultant in Urban Health Policy, Australian Health Policy Institute
  • 1991–2006
    Director of Public Health and Medical Officer of Health, Western Sydney Area Health Service
  • 1989–1991
    NHMRC Australian Applied Health Sciences Fellow, Menzies School of Health Research

Education

  • 1991 
    Royal Australasian College of Physicians, FAFPHM
  • 1989 
    University of Queensland, PhD
  • 1983 
    University of Queensland, MBBS
  • 1981 
    University of Queensland, BMedSci

Research Areas

  • Public Health And Health Services (1117)
  • Built Environment And Design (12)
  • Environmental Sciences (05)