Tony Capon

Tony Capon

Tony Capon

  • Type: Executive
  • Position: Director – Monash Sustainable Development Institute
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Professor Tony Capon is Director of Monash Sustainable Development Institute and holds a Chair in Planetary Health in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University.  Tony has more than two decades of senior leadership and management experience in public health policy, research and education, and has consulted in many countries and for a wide variety of organisations.

Tony is an Advisory Board Member of the Global Health Alliance, a member of the Rockefeller Foundation–Lancet Commission on Planetary Health that published its report Safeguarding human health in the Anthropocene epoch in 2015, and the International Advisory Board for The Lancet Planetary Health.

A former director of the International Institute for Global Health at United Nations University (UNU-IIGH), Tony has held professorial appointments at the University of Sydney and Australian National University and is a Foundation Fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine in the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.


sustainable development, planetary health, climate change and health, urban health, human ecology

Research Interests

An internationally recognised public health physician and authority on environmental health and health promotion, Tony's policy-relevant research focuses on urbanisation, sustainable development, and population health. Tony has been prominent in the nexus between climate and health in Australia for many years as evidenced by his co-authored 2010 publication examining research and policy priorities in this field.  He publishes regularly in international health and environmental science journals including The Lancet and Nature Climate Change.  In 2017, he co-founded the MJA-Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change to track progress in Australia.

As founder of the CSIRO funded Flagship Collaboration Cluster on Urbanism, Climate Adaptation and Health during 2010-2013, Tony led an interdisciplinary team across seven institutions building new knowledge for decision making about Australian cities to protect and promote health in a changing climate.  As founding co-director of the NSW Healthy Built Environments Program with Prof Susan Thompson (UNSW, Urban Planning), Tony has made substantial contributions to understanding relationships between health and the built environment, including planning for active living, healthy food systems and social connection. This program focused on research, interdisciplinary education for built environment and health professionals, in-service capacity building, and professional leadership.


FAFPHM (Royal Australasian College of Physicians)    
Grad Dip Hlth Prom (Curtin University)
PhD (University of Queensland)
MBBS (University of Queensland)
BMedSci (University of Queensland)

Recent Publications

L Hospers, JW Smallcombe, NB Morris, A Capon, O Jay, 2020, Electric fans: A potential stay-at-home cooling strategy during the COVID-19 pandemic this summer?, Science of the Total Environment 747, 141180

Manfred Lenzen, Arunima Malik, Mengyu Li, Jacob Fry, Helga Weisz, Peter-Paul Pichler, Leonardo Suveges Moreira Chaves, Anthony Capon, David Pencheon, 2020, The environmental footprint of health care: a global assessment, The Lancet Planetary Health 4 (7), e271-e279

SN Lo, A Skarbek, A Capon, 2020, Recovery from the pandemic: Evidence-based public policy to safeguard Australian health, The Medical Journal of Australia, 1

R Patrick, F Armstrong, T Hancock, A Capon, JA Smith, 2020, Climate change and health promotion in Australia: Navigating political, policy, advocacy and research challenges, Health promotion journal of Australia: official journal of Australian Association of Health Promotion Professionals, 30, 3 p.295

GJ FitzGerald, A Capon, P Aitken, 2019, Resilient health systems: preparing for climate disasters and other emergencies, Med J Aust 210 (7), 304-05

Tony's other research publications and reports can be found here.

Current Supervisions

Jane Wardani - Towards a Practice Framework for Transdisciplinary Collaboration in Planetary Health

Zefan Yu - A bottom-up global urban sustainability assessment approach and its applications in urban social-environmental studies under various urbanization scenarios

Associate Professor Liam Smith

Director - BehaviourWorks Australia  
P: +61 3 9904 7107

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