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Director, Monash Sustainable Development Institute, Monash University

Tony Capon is a man of Ngāi Tahu and Pākehā descent, and the world's first professor of planetary health. He directs the Monash Sustainable Development Institute (MSDI) and holds a chair in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University. With more than 30 years of leadership experience in policy, practice, research and education, his research focuses on urbanisation, sustainable development and population health.

A former director of the International Institute for Global Health at United Nations University (UNU-IIGH), Tony 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, he also worked on the prevention of non-communicable diseases with the Menzies Centre for Health Policy at Sydney University.

Tony was a commissioner with the Rockefeller Foundation-Lancet Commission on Planetary Health and now chairs the WHO Technical Advisory Group on Climate Change, Environment and Health in the Western Pacific Region, co-chairs the Future Earth Health Knowledge-Action Network, and is a member of NHMRC Research Committee. He has served in numerous honorary leadership roles with not-for-profit organisations around the world.


  • 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, Menzies Centre for Health Policy
  • 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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