Book details

Contributions from the Festschrift will be published in a book called 'From Healthy Workers to a Healthy Planet: Reflections based on AJ (Tony) McMichael’s four decades of contribution to epidemiological understanding'. The book is expected to be published late in 2015.



Since at least the time of John Snow, followed by Ronald Ross, epidemiologists have been at the forefront in assembling evidence and then advocating for social change in order to protect and improve population health. Despite the enormous improvement in living standards and life expectancy in recent decades, new threats have emerged to health of global significance. Epidemiology remains essential, as do leaders in that field.

One such leading epidemiologist is Professor AJ (Tony) McMichael. Highlights of his work include in occupational health (the 'healthy worker effect'), nutrition, tobacco and cancer. Tony has been especially prominent in environmental epidemiology, with seminal contributions to understanding the health impacts of long-recognised pollutants such as lead, and new contaminants and threats such as greenhouse gases and ecological destruction. He has also been a leader in systemic approaches to public health, for example his paper 'Prisoners of the Proximate' and books such as Planetary Overload and The LS factor (Hetzel and McMichael).

This book, divided into these themes, combines some of McMichael's key papers with commentaries and contributions by leading and emerging public health figures. This unique publication will be more than historical record. We hope that it will also provide an opportunity for readers, to appreciate the life and times of a leading contemporary figure in public health. It should also foster greater understanding of these themes of crucial importance to contemporary public health, even among readers broadly familiar with them.

Editors details

Associate Professor Colin Butler: National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, ANU, (2008-present) Medical graduate (1987), DTM&H (1990), MSc (1996), PhD (ANU, 2002); academic appointments: 2002-present (mostly at ANU), ARC Future Fellow (2011-2015); co-founder and medical director, Benevolent Organisation for Development, Health and Insight [BODHI], 1989-present; Publications: 1 edited book in preparation, 1 co edited book; almost 100 papers and chapters; co-editor EcoHealth (since 2010)

Associate Professor Jane Dixon: National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health ANU; BA (Soc Wk) (1980), MSW (1990), PhD (2000); co-founder of the International Society for Equity in Health (2000) and Australia 21 (2001). Publication summary: 1 sole authored book, 1 co-authored book, 3 co-edited books, more than 100 papers, book chapters and reports; co-editor of 5 special issues of national and international journals; editorial board International Journal of Sociology of Agriculture and Food. Co-chair of the ANU Colleges of Science E-Press Committee.

Professor Tony Capon: Foundation Professor of Public Health, Faculty of Health, University of Canberra, Canberra, Australia(2011-present) Medical graduate (1983), PhD (UQ, 1989), FAFPHM (1991); academic appointments: 2011-present – Head, Discipline of Public Health, University of Canberra, 2008-2011 – Professor of Population Health, Australian National University, 2006-2008 – Consultant in Urban Health Policy, University of Sydney; 1991-2006 – Director of Public Health, Sydney West Area Health Service. Publication summary: more than 90 papers, reports and book chapters; co-editor for 5 special issues of national and international journals.

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