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. 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 research, education, policy and practice.
Previously, Tony 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.
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).