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Director, Monash Sustainable Development Institute, Monash University

Tony Capon directs the Monash Sustainable Development Institute (MSDI) and holds a chair in planetary health in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University.

Tony is a public health physician and an authority in environmental health and health promotion. His research focuses on urbanisation, sustainable development and population health. He has more than 30 years of leadership experience in research, education, policy and practice.

A former director of the International Institute for Global Health at United Nations University (UNU-IIGH), Tony previously held professorial appointments with the University of Sydney and Australian National University. 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.

Tony is a member of the Rockefeller Foundation-Lancet Commission of Planetary Health and co-chairs the Future Earth Health Knowledge-Action Network. He has held NHMRC and WHO 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 Planetary Health Alliance.


  • 2019–present
    Director, Monash Sustainable Development Institute, Monash University
  • 2016–2019
    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


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

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