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Health of People, Places and Planet


This book, three years in preparation, has involved numerous people in its various stages from conception to completion.

We start by thanking Professor Gabriele Bammer, then Director of the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health (NCEPH) at The Australian National University (ANU), who in 2011 conceived the holding of a conference in honour of Professor Tony McMichael, who was to retire at the end of 2012. ANU and NCEPH, with others, provided funding for the conference, held in November 2012. NCEPH then made further financial and in kind contributions to the production of this book, which completes Tony’s festschrift.1

We thank ANU Press, and especially Dr Farid Rahimi (from the ANU Press Colleges of Science Committee) and Emily Tinker, who respectively shepherded the manuscript through the review and production processes.

During the process of compiling the book, Colin Butler moved to the University of Canberra (UC), which graciously supported the task of finishing it. We also particularly thank Emeritus Professor Colin Soskolne at the University of Alberta, Canada, and an adjunct professor at UC. Finally, we thank all reviewers, all authors and the many well-wishers.

1 Traditionally, festschrifts are books. ‘Fest’ conveys celebration, ‘schrift’ denotes text. In this case, we assert both the conference and this book were part of Tony’s festschrift with an Australian flavour.

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