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Kathryn Campbell

Kathryn Campbell

Manager, Healthy Parks Healthy People
Parks Victoria, Australia

Kathryn Campbell is Manager Healthy Parks Healthy People for Parks Victoria, having recently returned to Australia from a two year term as Programme Officer for Biodiversity and Health activities at the Convention on Biological Diversity (UNEP), in Montreal, Canada. Her work with Parks Victoria focuses on integrating the health benefits of parks and nature into everyday lives of Victorians so that they can reap the physical, mental and spiritual benefits of time spent in nature; healthy parks healthy people. She partners with governments, organizations and institutions and covers aspects of policy, programs, politics and implementation. Kathryn has 20 years experience in protected areas, parks and natural resource management with local authorities, sub-national governments and as a small business owner in Australia. Kathryn holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Science from Monash University and a Bachelor’s degree in Zoology from the University of Melbourne. She likes exploring new cities, spending time in nature with her family, and developing her visual arts skills that are inspired by nature.

August 14, 2013
View from an urban park with Melbourne in the background. Photo: Parks Victoria

The health benefits of the natural environment One of the most important factors in promoting good health and preventing chronic disease is regular physical activity; ranked second only to tobacco control. With less than a third of Australians getting enough physical activity, this is leading to increased risks of chronic disease and mental ill health. … Continue reading Expanding the Guest List at City Parks

March 20, 2013

Since writing my last blog in October 2012, I returned to Victoria, Australia, at the conclusion of an exciting two year secondment to the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Montreal, Canada. The focus there was on further embedding biological diversity (biodiversity) and human health matters in the work of the Convention; increasing … Continue reading Working Beyond Park Boundaries to Benefit Public Health in Victoria, Australia

November 7, 2012

With the global urban population expected to double to around 6.5 billion by 2050, the future outlook for biodiversity can be positive, particularly if biodiversity is seen as a part of the solution to some of our most urgent development challenges. Biodiversity underpins the functioning of the ecosystems on which we depend for our food … Continue reading Maintaining Functioning Urban Ecosystems Can Significantly Improve Human Health and Well-Being