Professor Anthony Capon

BMedSci MBBS PhD FAFPHM
Professor of Planetary Health
Sydney School of Public Health


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Biographical details

Tony is a public health physician and authority on environmental health and health promotion. His research focuses on urbanisation, sustainable development and human health. A former director of the global health institute at United Nations University (UNU-IIGH), he has held professorial appointments at Australian National University and University of Canberra. During 1991-2006, Tony was the inaugural director of public health and medical officer of health in western Sydney. Since 2008, he has been advising the International Council for Science on the development of their global interdisciplinary program on health and wellbeing in the changing urban environment using systems approaches. Tony has won NHMRC and WHO fellowships, and research funding from NHMRC, ARC, CSIRO, Rockefeller Foundation and British Council. He is a member of the Rockefeller Foundation–Lancet Commission on Planetary Health that published its report Safeguarding human health in the Anthropocene epoch in 2015, the advisory committee for the Planetary Health Alliance and the Editorial Advisory Board for The Lancet Planetary Health.

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Capon, A., Dannenberg, A. (2016). Healthy Communities. In Howard Frumkin (Eds.), Environmental Health: From Global to Local, 3rd Edition, (pp. 377-413). San Francisco: Jossey Bass.
  • Kent, J., Thompson, S., Capon, A. (2012). Healthy Planning. In Thompson, S. M. & Maginn, P. (Eds.), Planning Australia, (pp. 381-408). Melbourne: Cambridge University Press.
  • Capon, A., Thompson, S. (2011). Built environments of the future. In A L Dannenberg, H Frumkin, and R J Jackson (Eds.), Making Healthy Places: Designing and Building for Health, Well-being, and Sustainability, (pp. 366-378). Washington: Island Press.

Journals

  • Kuruppu, N., Capon, A. (2016). Climate change and health. The Lancet, 387(10017), 430-430. [More Information]
  • Phan, K., Kim, K., Huoy, L., Phan, S., Se, S., Capon, A., Hashim, J. (2016). Current status of arsenic exposure and social implication in the Mekong River basin of Cambodia. Environmental Geochemistry and Health, 38(3), 763-772. [More Information]
  • Chapman, R., Howden-Chapman, P., Capon, A. (2016). Understanding the systemic nature of cities to improve health and climate change mitigation. Environment International, 94, 380-7. [More Information]
  • Siri, J., Newell, B., Proust, K., Capon, A. (2016). Urbanization, Extreme Events, and Health: The Case for Systems Approaches in Mitigation, Management, and Response. Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health, 28, 15S-27S. [More Information]
  • Capon, A., Siri, J. (2015). Debate on the paper by Diez Roux [Debate sobre o artigo de Diez Roux]. Cadernos De Saude Publica, 31, S21-S22. [More Information]
  • Whitmee, S., Haines, A., Beyrer, C., Boltz, F., Capon, A., de Souza Dias, B., Ezeh, A., Frumkin, H., Gong, P., et al (2015). Safeguarding human health in the Anthropocene epoch: report of The Rockefeller Foundation-Lancet Commission on planetary health. Lancet Neurology, 386(10007), 1973-2028. [More Information]
  • de Oliveira, J., Doll, C., Siri, J., Dreyfus, M., Farzaneh, H., Capon, A. (2015). Urban governance and the systems approaches to health-environment co-benefits in cities. Cadernos De Saude Publica, 31(Suppl 1), 25-38. [More Information]
  • Capon, A. (2014). Human occupations as determinants of population health: Linking perspectives on people, places and planet. Journal of Occupational Science, 21(1), 8-11. [More Information]
  • Charlesworth, K., Madden, D., Capon, A. (2013). Environmentally sustainable health care: using an educational intervention to engage the public health medical workforce in Australia. New South Wales Public Health Bulletin, 24(2), 76-80. [More Information]
  • Rissel, C., Greaves, S., Wen, L., Capon, A., Crane, M., Standen, C. (2013). Evaluating the transport, health and economic impacts of new urban cycling infrastructure in Sydney, Australia - protocol paper. BMC Public Health, 13(1), 1-8. [More Information]
  • Schandl, H., Boyden, S., Capon, A., Hosking, K. (2012). 'Biosensitive' cities-a conceptual framework for integrative understanding of the health of people and planetary ecosystems. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 4(4), 378-384. [More Information]
  • Bai, X., Nath, I., Capon, A., Hasan, N., Jaron, D. (2012). Health and wellbeing in the changing urban environment: Complex challenges, scientific responses, and the way forward. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 4(4), 465-472. [More Information]
  • Proust, K., Newell, B., Brown, H., Capon, A., Browne, C., Burton, A., Dixon, J., Mu, L., Zarafu, M. (2012). Human health and climate change: Leverage points for adaptation in urban environments. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 9(6), 2134-2158. [More Information]
  • Bambrick, H., Capon, A., Barnett, G., Beaty, R., Burton, A. (2011). Climate change and health in the Urban environment: Adaptation opportunities in Australian cities. Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health, 23(2 Suppl.), 67S-79S. [More Information]
  • Brown, H., Proust, K., Spickett, J., Capon, A. (2011). The potential role of health impact assessment in tackling the complexity of climate change adaptation for health. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 22, S48-S53.

2016

  • Kuruppu, N., Capon, A. (2016). Climate change and health. The Lancet, 387(10017), 430-430. [More Information]
  • Phan, K., Kim, K., Huoy, L., Phan, S., Se, S., Capon, A., Hashim, J. (2016). Current status of arsenic exposure and social implication in the Mekong River basin of Cambodia. Environmental Geochemistry and Health, 38(3), 763-772. [More Information]
  • Capon, A., Dannenberg, A. (2016). Healthy Communities. In Howard Frumkin (Eds.), Environmental Health: From Global to Local, 3rd Edition, (pp. 377-413). San Francisco: Jossey Bass.
  • Chapman, R., Howden-Chapman, P., Capon, A. (2016). Understanding the systemic nature of cities to improve health and climate change mitigation. Environment International, 94, 380-7. [More Information]
  • Siri, J., Newell, B., Proust, K., Capon, A. (2016). Urbanization, Extreme Events, and Health: The Case for Systems Approaches in Mitigation, Management, and Response. Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health, 28, 15S-27S. [More Information]

2015

  • Capon, A., Siri, J. (2015). Debate on the paper by Diez Roux [Debate sobre o artigo de Diez Roux]. Cadernos De Saude Publica, 31, S21-S22. [More Information]
  • Whitmee, S., Haines, A., Beyrer, C., Boltz, F., Capon, A., de Souza Dias, B., Ezeh, A., Frumkin, H., Gong, P., et al (2015). Safeguarding human health in the Anthropocene epoch: report of The Rockefeller Foundation-Lancet Commission on planetary health. Lancet Neurology, 386(10007), 1973-2028. [More Information]
  • de Oliveira, J., Doll, C., Siri, J., Dreyfus, M., Farzaneh, H., Capon, A. (2015). Urban governance and the systems approaches to health-environment co-benefits in cities. Cadernos De Saude Publica, 31(Suppl 1), 25-38. [More Information]

2014

  • Capon, A. (2014). Human occupations as determinants of population health: Linking perspectives on people, places and planet. Journal of Occupational Science, 21(1), 8-11. [More Information]

2013

  • Charlesworth, K., Madden, D., Capon, A. (2013). Environmentally sustainable health care: using an educational intervention to engage the public health medical workforce in Australia. New South Wales Public Health Bulletin, 24(2), 76-80. [More Information]
  • Rissel, C., Greaves, S., Wen, L., Capon, A., Crane, M., Standen, C. (2013). Evaluating the transport, health and economic impacts of new urban cycling infrastructure in Sydney, Australia - protocol paper. BMC Public Health, 13(1), 1-8. [More Information]

2012

  • Schandl, H., Boyden, S., Capon, A., Hosking, K. (2012). 'Biosensitive' cities-a conceptual framework for integrative understanding of the health of people and planetary ecosystems. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 4(4), 378-384. [More Information]
  • Bai, X., Nath, I., Capon, A., Hasan, N., Jaron, D. (2012). Health and wellbeing in the changing urban environment: Complex challenges, scientific responses, and the way forward. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 4(4), 465-472. [More Information]
  • Kent, J., Thompson, S., Capon, A. (2012). Healthy Planning. In Thompson, S. M. & Maginn, P. (Eds.), Planning Australia, (pp. 381-408). Melbourne: Cambridge University Press.
  • Proust, K., Newell, B., Brown, H., Capon, A., Browne, C., Burton, A., Dixon, J., Mu, L., Zarafu, M. (2012). Human health and climate change: Leverage points for adaptation in urban environments. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 9(6), 2134-2158. [More Information]

2011

  • Capon, A., Thompson, S. (2011). Built environments of the future. In A L Dannenberg, H Frumkin, and R J Jackson (Eds.), Making Healthy Places: Designing and Building for Health, Well-being, and Sustainability, (pp. 366-378). Washington: Island Press.
  • Bambrick, H., Capon, A., Barnett, G., Beaty, R., Burton, A. (2011). Climate change and health in the Urban environment: Adaptation opportunities in Australian cities. Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health, 23(2 Suppl.), 67S-79S. [More Information]
  • Brown, H., Proust, K., Spickett, J., Capon, A. (2011). The potential role of health impact assessment in tackling the complexity of climate change adaptation for health. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 22, S48-S53.

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