Healthy Futures, Healthy Cities


Monday, June 22, 2020

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Urban Density, once seen as a blight is now viewed as a necessary feature of existence. How can we design and ensure that cities are good for people? Climate change, digital existence, ageing, complexity, vulnerability and loneliness are new issues to deal with. The role of design for health in cities will be crucial. 

This session is made possible through the sponsorship of our major partner the Australian Digital Health Agency.

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Professor Tony Capon

Tony Capon directs the Monash Sustainable Development Institute and holds a chair in planetary health in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University. A public health physician and authority in environmental health and health promotion, his research focuses on urbanisation, sustainable development and human health. Tony is a former director of the International Institute for Global Health at United Nations University (UNU-IIGH), and has previously held professorial appointments at the University of Sydney and Australian National University. 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, and the International Advisory Board for The Lancet Planetary Health.

Clinical Professor Meredith Makeham

Clinical Professor Meredith Makeham is the Chief Medical Adviser for the Australian Digital Health Agency and leads their Clinical Advisory, Safety and Quality division.

Meredith is the lead clinical spokesperson for the organisation. She has been closely involved since joining the Agency in November 2016 in the delivery of Australia’s National Digital Health Strategy and My Health Record system to all Australians who wish to have one.

Meredith also leads the team at the Agency who are responsible for delivering the Australian contribution to the Global Digital Health Partnership. This is a collaboration of governments and government agencies from 25 countries and the WHO that share policy initiatives and information to support the improved delivery of digital health services for citizens around the world. She also chairs the GDHP Evidence and Evaluation work stream.

One of her key responsibilities includes overseeing the clinical governance of My Health Record and systems operated within the national digital infrastructure. Meredith has also supported the development of research programs with the academic community to build the evidence base for digital health benefits in Australia.

She holds honorary professorial appointments at the University of Sydney and at Macquarie University, is a practicing general practitioner in Sydney at MQ Health and has a passion for improving health systems and strengthening the role of primary care to deliver better health outcomes for people.


Doctor Lucy Gunn

Dr Lucy Gunn has 20 years of experience in research and teaching in the fields of econometrics and urban research. Her key interest is in understanding which urban environments are supportive of health and wellbeing outcomes. Her research provides an evidence base to policy makers and planners on what constitutes good urban design and provides feedback on the implementation of current and previous urban plans and their impact on the health of residents. Recent projects have spanned topics including health-economic evaluation of brownfield and greenfield sites, transit-oriented development in metropolitan Melbourne, and creating liveable cities using indicators of liveability.

Professor Jo Douglass

Professor Douglass trained in medicine at Monash University, graduating in 1984 (MBBS (Hons) BMedSc(Hons) and went on to undertake physician training at the Alfred Hospital in Respiratory Medicine, gaining her FRACP in 1992. In 1990 she left Melbourne to work in Southampton, UK to undertake doctoral studies studying immune processes in allergic asthma and rhinitis. In 1993 she moved to London to take up a position as Senior Registrar in Chest and Allergy. By 1996 she had returned to Melbourne and was appointed as a full-time hospital physician to the Department of Allergy, Asthma & Clinical Immunology at the Alfred Hospital. She became Head of the Allergy, Asthma & Clinical Immunology Service at the Alfred Hospital in 1999 and, later, an Associate Professor at Monash University. In 2012 she took up her current appointment as Head of the Department of Allergy and Clinical Immunology at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and as an Honorary Clinical Professor at the University of Melbourne. In 2013 she was awarded a Fellowship of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand, an award acknowledging exceptional contribution to Respiratory Health in Australia. She was president of the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy from 2010 to 2012.


RACP President, Professor John Wilson – AM

John Wilson graduated in Science with BSc(Hons) from The University of Melbourne in 1975 with a major interest in physics and information technology. He then qualified in Medicine in 1980 (MBBS). His physician training was at The Royal Melbourne Hospital, with a special interest in intensive care and respiratory medicine. He studied the role of inflammation in asthma and completed his PhD before moving to the UK to join a major asthma research group in 1988.

After returning to Australia in 1990, he spent 2 years at Royal Melbourne Hospital, then he was appointed as Respiratory Physician and Head of the Cystic Fibrosis Service at The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne. In this role he has received DHS Centre of Excellence, NHMRC and ARC funding, as well as service achievement awards. He is responsible for the treatment of patients with different lung disorders, including cystic fibrosis, asthma and pneumonia. His research interests include the use of video-conferencing in delivering care programs, the application of electronic health records to medical systems and new pharmacological treatments (including gene-potentiating agents) in CF lung disease.

He heads Monash Alliance ( which aims to implement eHealth initiatives in clinical care. John is Chair, Senior Medical Staff Association at Alfred Health.

John was elected to the position of RACP President-Elect in May 2018. He is a consultant to government and industry bodies in Australia and overseas.

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