Planetary health: what is it and what should doctors do?

Anthony G Capon, Nicholas J Talley AC and Richard C Horton
Med J Aust 2018; 208 (7): . || doi: 10.5694/mja18.00219
Published online: 16 April 2018

Planetary health is the business of the medical profession because the health of our patients is at risk

During the lifetime of many MJA readers, there have been remarkable improvements in human health. Since 1950, global average life expectancy has risen 25 years to its current level of 72 years, and global infant mortality rates have decreased substantially from around 210 per 1000 live births to just over 30 per 1000 now.1-3

  • Anthony G Capon1
  • Nicholas J Talley AC2
  • Richard C Horton3

  • 1 Professor of Planetary Health, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW
  • 2 Editor-in-Chief, Medical Journal of Australia, Sydney, NSW
  • 3 Editor-in-Chief, Lancet, London, UK


Competing interests:

Anthony Capon is a member of the Editorial Advisory Committee. Anthony Capon and Richard Horton are members of the Commission on Planetary Health.


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