Ro Mcfarlane


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 Dr Rosemary McFarlane is an Assistant Professor in Public Health at the University of Canberra. She has significant experience and expertise at the interface between health, biodiversity, environmental sustainability and food production. This area is also known as One Health, EcoHealth, Planetary Health and Ecological Public Health. Her unique perspectives derive in part from her initial training as a Veterinarian, and direct hands-on experience in primary production and natural resource management in marginal climatic and agronomic regions. Her PhD training was with the late Professor Tony McMichael and his team of experts in the area of the health impacts of climate and broader ecological change.

Dr McFarlane works extensively with community groups and government to develop landscape-level health solutions. She facilitated the declaration of the 9.8 million ha Ngaanyatjarra Indigenous Protected Area, W.A., and was an instigator of Australian Antarctic Division’s biosecurity measures to protect Antarctic wildlife from human and livestock diseases. She has a long association with Landcare in NSW, ACT and NT , Catchment Management Associations and working with schools and education bodies. 

She has also worked on collaborative projects with W.H.O., IUCN, and other international organisations. Her current research explores health linkages in ecosystem service frameworks, zoonotic disease ecology and the quality of parks and greenspace on health and wellbeing. 

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Australian National University

… → 2014

Master, University of New England NSW

… → 2005

Bachelor, University of Sydney

… → 1989

External positions

Fellow, Frank Fenner Foundation

1 Sep 2017 → …

Visiting Fellow, Australian National University

1 Nov 20151 Nov 2016

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infectious disease Earth & Environmental Sciences
seals Agriculture & Biology
Emerging Communicable Diseases Medicine & Life Sciences
Islands Medicine & Life Sciences
serodiagnosis Agriculture & Biology
agglutination tests Agriculture & Biology
Antarctica Agriculture & Biology
biodiversity Earth & Environmental Sciences

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Research Output 1994 2019

Ecosystem services for human health in Oceania

McFarlane, R., Horwitz, P., Arabena, K., Capon, A., Jenkins, A. P., Jupiter, S., Negrin, J., Parkes, M. & Saketa, S., Oct 2019, In : Ecosystem Services. 39, p. 1-5 5 p., 100976.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

Environmental Health, Planetary Boundaries and Limits to Growth

BUTLER, C., Higgs, K. & McFarlane, R., 2019, Encyclopedia of Environmental Health. Nriagu, J. (ed.). 2 ed. Oxford, UK: Elsevier, p. 1-11 11 p. (Reference Module in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences).

Research output: A Conference proceeding or a Chapter in BookEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary

genetically modified organism
population decline
environmental risk
health risk

Climate change, food security and population health in the Anthropocene

BUTLER, C. & MCFARLANE, R., 2018, Encyclopedia of the Anthropocene . Dellasala, D. & Goldstein, M. (eds.). Oxford, United Kingdom: Elsevier, p. 453-459 7 p. (Encyclopedia of the Anthropocene).

Research output: A Conference proceeding or a Chapter in BookEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary

food security
climate change
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Food and Agricultural Organization
2 Citations (Scopus)

Cross-cutting principles for planetary health education.

Stone, S. B., Golden, C., Myers, S. & Planetary Health Education Brainstorming Group , 2018, In : Lancet Planetary health. 2, 5, p. 192-194 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

Open Access
health promotion
1 Citation (Scopus)
1 Downloads (Pure)

Ecosystem-based translation of health research: expanding frameworks for environmental health

Mcfarlane, R., Butler, C. D., Maynard, S., Cork, S. & Weinstein, P., 2018, In : Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. p. 1-4 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Environmental Health
United Nations
Conservation of Natural Resources

Activities 2019 2019

  • 2 Invited talk
  • 1 Oral presentation

Impact of addressing Sustainable Development Goal 3 Health and Wellbeing on Forests and Forest People

Ro Mcfarlane (Speaker)
29 Sep 20195 Oct 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Natural capital and ecosystem service management for health and wellbeing in Oceania

Ro Mcfarlane (Speaker)
5 Sep 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

Landcare Linking Biodiversity

Ro Mcfarlane (Speaker)
Sep 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk