Professor Lynn Kemp

Professor Lynn Kemp

Professor in Nursing,
School of Nursing and Midwifery


Dr Lynn Kemp is recognised as an international leader in the field of early childhood interventions in primary and community health and translational research. Her local, national and international research in early childhood is bringing quality evidence-based early intervention programs to vulnerable families with young children in Australia and world-wide.

Originally trained as a registered nurse at the then Lidcombe Hospital, Lynn commenced her academic career in 2002 with a commitment to improving health equity for vulnerable groups, focussed on the critical early years of life.  The Maternal Early Childhood Sustained Home-visiting (MECSH) program Lynn developed in south-western Sydney has received USA government approval as an effective, evidence-based sustained home visiting intervention. MECSH is now implemented in Australia, the UK, USA and South Korea, currently serving more than 15,000 families world-wide. Significantly, in South Korea, her work has been instrumental in the establishment of a universal child and family health service system, serving the city’s 10million residents, where previously families had no access to such support.

Lynn’s work is leading translation of research findings into population-scale programs. Through the MECSH programs nurses working with families have, as described by one nurse, "a great opportunity to facilitate some changes, empower families to find a way forward that might be different from their past." Her skill in supporting population scale implementation is now also informing strategies for improved adoption of effective cancer and volunteer interventions. Lynn is an academic leader graduating 11 PhD students in the past 5 years, and an honorary fellow at Kings College London.

This information has been contributed by Professor Kemp.


  • NSW Premier s Women of the Year finalist 2015-03-04


  • Community Child Health
  • Translational Research

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • School of Nursing and Midwifery


  • Good Beginnings Australia Programs Advisory Committee


Phone: (02) 8738 9387
Location: Off Campus

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Journal Articles

  • Rossiter, C., Schmied, V., Kemp, L., Fowler, C., Kruske, S. and Homer, C. (2017), 'Responding to families with complex needs : a national survey of child and family health nurses', Journal of Advanced Nursing, vol 73, no 2 , pp 386 - 398.
  • Goldfeld, S., Price, A., Bryson, H., Bruce, T., Mensah, F., Orsini, F., Gold, L., Hiscock, H., Smith, C., Bishop, L., Jackson, D. and Kemp, L. (2017), ''Right@home' : a randomised controlled trial of sustained nurse home visiting from pregnancy to child age 2 years, versus usual care, to improve parent care, parent responsivity and the home learning environment at 2 years', Health Services Research, vol 7, no 3 .
  • Price, A., Bryson, H., Mensah, F., Kemp, L., Bishop, L. and Goldfeld, S. (2017), '[In Press] The feasibility and acceptability of a population-level antenatal risk factor survey : cross-sectional pilot study', Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, .
  • Ogbo, F., Eastwood, J., Page, A., Arora, A., McKenzie, A., Jalaludin, B., Tennant, E., Miller, E., Kohlhoff, J., Noble, J., Chaves, K., Jones, J., Smoleniec, J., Chay, P., Smith, B., Oei, J., Short, K., Collie, L., Kemp, L., Raman, S., Woolfenden, S., Clark, T., Blight, V., Eapen, V. and Early Years Research Group, x. (2017), 'Prevalence and determinants of cessation of exclusive breastfeeding in the early postnatal period in Sydney, Australia', International Breastfeeding Journal, vol 12, no 1 .
  • Kemp, L. (2016), 'Adaptation and fidelity : a recipe analogy for achieving both in population scale implementation', Prevention Science, vol 17, no 4 , pp 429 - 438.
  • Comino, E., Knight, J., Grace, R., Kemp, L. and Wright, D. (2016), 'The Gudaga research program : a case study in undertaking research with an urban Aboriginal community', Australian Social Work, vol 69, no 4 , pp 443 - 455.
  • Rollans, M., Kohlhoff, J., Meade, T., Kemp, L. and Schmied, V. (2016), 'Partner involvement : negotiating the presence of partners in psychosocial assessment as conducted by midwives and child and family health nurses', Infant Mental Health Journal, vol 37, no 3 , pp 302 - 312.
  • Eastwood, J., Kemp, L. and Jalaludin, B. (2016), 'Realist theory construction for a mixed method multilevel study of neighbourhood context and postnatal depression', SpringerPlus, vol 5 .
  • Schmied, V., Langdon, R., Matthey, S., Kemp, L., Austin, M. and Johnson, M. (2016), 'Antenatal psychosocial risk status and Australian women's use of primary care and specialist mental health services in the year after birth : a prospective study', BMC Women's Health, vol 16, no 1 .
  • Woolfenden, S., Eapen, V., Jalaludin, B., Hayen, A., Kemp, L., Dissanyake, C., Hendry, A., Axelsson, E., Overs, B. and [and 6 others], x. (2016), 'Prevalence and factors associated with parental concerns about development detected by the Parents' Evaluation of Developmental Status (PEDS) at 6-month, 12-month and 18-month well-child checks in a birth cohort', BMJ Open, vol 6, no 9 .
  • Eastwood, J., Kemp, L. and Jalaludin, B. (2016), '[In Press] Each is in different circumstances anyway : a realist multilevel situational analysis of maternal depression in South Western Sydney, Australia', Sage Open, .
  • Eastwood, J., Kemp, L. and Jalaludin, B. (2015), 'Being alone and expectations lost : a critical realist study of maternal depression in South Western Sydney', SpringerPlus, vol 4, no 1 .

Other Publications

  • 2008, 'The Role and Nature of Universal Health Services for Pregnant Women, Children and Families in Australia: Literature Review', Research Report


Originallytrained as a registered nurse, Professor Kemp had 10 years of clinical nursingservice. She commenced her academic career in 2002 and has developed asignificant program of community-based children and young people's researchthat includes world and Australian-first intervention studies such as theMaternal Early Childhood Sustained Home-visiting (MECSH) study, the firstrandomised trial of sustained nurse home visiting commencing antenatally andcontinuing to child-age 2 years, that is embedded in universal health services,the Bulundidi Gudaga trial of sustained nurse home visiting in an urbanAboriginal community, the right@home randomised trial of sustained nurse homevisiting, and the Volunteer Family Connect trial of volunteer home visiting.Professor Kemp is now leading an international program of translationalresearch, studying the implementation of these effective interventions at population scale world-wide with programmes in Australia, England, South Koreaand the USA.

This information has been contributed by Professor Kemp.

Current Projects

Title: Strengthening families and communities through volunteering [via Macquarie Uni]
Years: 2015-09-29 - 2019-12-31
ID: P00023747
Western Researchers: Lynn Kemp
  • Anonymous Donation
Title: Translating 'proportionate universal healthcare' into meaningful service system design to achieve outcomes for families with young children
Years: 2017-02-01 - 2018-01-31
ID: P00023593
Western Researchers: Lynn Kemp, Virginia Schmied, Ann Dadich and Kenny Lawson
  • University of Western Sydney
  • South Western Sydney Local Health District
  • Southern NSW Local Health District

Previous Projects

Title: Closing the Gap: Early Childhood Sustained Home Visiting for families of Aboriginal infants in an urban community [via UNSW - no funding to Western Sydney Uni]
Years: 2015-05-01 - 2015-12-31
ID: P00022936
Western Researchers: Lynn Kemp
  • National Health and Medical Research Council (ACRG)

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