Professor Lynn Kemp

Professor Lynn Kemp

Professor in Nursing,
School of Nursing and Midwifery

Biography

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.

Qualifications

  • PhD(Health) University of Western Sydney, Macarthur

Awards

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

Interests

  • Community Child Health
  • Translational Research

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • School of Nursing and Midwifery

Committees

  • Good Beginnings Australia Programs Advisory Committee

Contact

Email: Lynn.Kemp@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone: (02) 8738 9387
Mobile:
Location: Off Campus
Website:

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Publications

Chapters in Books

  • Kaplun, C., Grace, R., Knight, J., Anderson, J., West, N., Mack, H., Comino, E. and Kemp, L. (2017), '"Everybody has got their own story" : urban Aboriginal families and the transition to school', Families and Transition to School, Springer 9783319583273.

Journal Articles

  • George, A., Grace, R., Elcombe, E., Villarosa, A., Mack, H., Kemp, L., Ajwani, S., Wright, D., Anderson, C., Bucknall, N. and Comino, E. (2018), 'The oral health behaviours and fluid consumption practices of young urban Aboriginal preschool children in South-western Sydney, New South Wales, Australia', Health Promotion Journal of Australia, vol 29, no 1 , pp 23 - 30.
  • Bruce, T., Byrne, F. and Kemp, L. (2018), 'Using Skype to support remote clinical supervision for health professionals delivering a sustained maternal early childhood programme : a phenomenographical study', Contemporary Nurse, vol 54, no 1 , pp 4 - 12.
  • Goldfield, S., Price, A. and Kemp, L. (2018), 'Designing, testing, and implementing a sustainable nurse home visiting program : right@home', Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, vol 1419, no 1 , pp 141 - 159.
  • Eastwood, J., Kemp, L. and Jalaludin, B. (2018), '[In Press] "Being alone and expectations lost" : a realist theory of neighborhood context, stress, depression, and the developmental origins of health and disease', Sage Open, .
  • 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), 'The feasibility and acceptability of a population-level antenatal risk factor survey : cross-sectional pilot study', Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, vol 53, no 6 , pp 572 - 577.
  • 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. 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., Cowley, S. and Byrne, F. (2017), 'Maternal early childhood sustained home-visiting (MECSH) : a UK update', Journal of Health Visiting, vol 5, no 8 , pp 392 - 397.
  • Short, K., Eadie, P., Descallar, J., Comino, E. and Kemp, L. (2017), 'Longitudinal vocabulary development in Australian urban Aboriginal children : protective and risk factors', Child: Care, Health and Development, vol 43, no 6 , pp 906 - 917.
  • Comino, E., Elcombe, E., Jalaludin, B., Kemp, L., Wright, D. and Harris, M. (2017), 'The general health of a cohort of Aboriginal children (0-7 years) in Sydney', Medical Journal of Australia, vol 207, no 1 , pp 37 - 38.
  • 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), 'Each is in different circumstances anyway : a realist multilevel situational analysis of maternal depression in South Western Sydney, Australia', Sage Open, vol 6, no 4 .
  • Byrne, F., Grace, R., Tredoux, J. and Kemp, L. (2016), 'Structured social relationships : a review of volunteer home visiting programs for parents of young children', Australian Health Review, vol 40, no 3 , pp 262 - 269.
  • Kemp, L., Bruce, T. and Byrne, F. (2016), 'Parenting effectively despite : the Maternal Early Childhood Sustained Home-visiting program', Australian Nursing and Midwifery Journal, vol 24, no 2 , pp 43 - 43.
  • Schmied, V., Homer, C., Fowler, C., Psaila, K., Barclay, L., Wilson, I., Kemp, L., Fasher, M. and Kruske, S. (2015), 'Implementing a national approach to universal child and family health services in Australia : professionals' views of the challenges and opportunities', Health and Social Care in the Community, vol 23, no 2 , pp 159 - 170.
  • 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 .
  • Woolfenden, S., Posada, N., Krchnakova, R., Crawford, J., Gilbert, J., Jursik, B., Sarkozy, V., Perkins, D. and Kemp, L. (2015), 'Equitable access to developmental surveillance and early intervention : understanding the barriers for children from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds', Health Expectations, vol 18, no 6 , pp 3286 - 3301.
  • Friesen, E., Comino, E., Reath, J., Derrett, A., Johnson, M., Powell Davies, G., Liaw, S. and Kemp, L. (2014), 'Building research capacity in south-west Sydney through a Primary and Community Health Research Unit', Australian Journal of Primary Health, vol 20, no 1 , pp 4 - 8.
  • Schmied, V., Fowler, C., Rossiter, C., Homer, C., Kruske, S., Barclay, L., Wilson, I., Kemp, L., Fasher, M., Psaila, K. and Hesson, A. (2014), 'Nature and frequency of services provided by child and family health nurses in Australia : results of a national survey', Australian Health Review, vol 38, no 2 , pp 177 - 185.
  • Eastwood, J., Kemp, L. and Jalaludin, B. (2014), 'Explaining ecological clusters of maternal depression in South Western Sydney', BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, vol 14 .
  • Woolfenden, S., Eapen, V., Williams, K., Hayen, A., Spencer, N. and Kemp, L. (2014), 'A systematic review of the prevalence of parental concerns measured by the Parents' Evaluation of Developmental Status (PEDS) indicating developmental risk', BMC Pediatrics, vol 14, no 1 .
  • Harris, P., Sainsbury, P. and Kemp, L. (2014), 'The fit between health impact assessment and public policy : practice meets theory', Social Science and Medicine, vol 108 , pp 46 - 53.
  • Eastwood, J., Jalaludin, B., Kemp, L. and Phung, H. (2014), 'Bayesian hierarchical spatial regression of maternal depressive symptoms in South Western Sydney, Australia', SpringerPlus, vol 3 .
  • Rollans, M., Schmied, V., Kemp, L. and Meade, T. (2013), ''We just ask some questions...' : the process of antenatal psychosocial assessment by midwives', Midwifery, vol 29, no 8 , pp 935 - 942.
  • Rollans, M., Schmied, V., Kemp, L. and Meade, T. (2013), 'Negotiating policy in practice : child and family health nurses' approach to the process of postnatal psychosocial assessment', BMC Health Services Research, vol 13, no 1 .
  • Rollans, M., Schmied, V., Kemp, L. and Meade, T. (2013), 'Digging over that old ground : an Australian perspective of women's experience of psychosocial assessment and depression screening in pregnancy and following birth', BMC Women's Health, vol 13, no 1 .
  • Kemp, L., Harris, E., McMahon, C., Matthey, S., Vimpani, G., Anderson, T., Schmied, V. and Aslam, H. (2013), 'Benefits of psychosocial intervention and continuity of care by child and family health nurses in the pre- and postnatal period : process evaluation', Journal of Advanced Nursing, vol 69, no 8 , pp 1850 - 1861.
  • Schmied, V., Johnson, M., Naidoo, N., Austin, M., Matthey, S., Kemp, L., Mills, A., Meade, T. and Yeo, A. (2013), 'Maternal mental health in Australia and New Zealand : a review of longitudinal studies', Women and Birth, vol 26, no 3 , pp 167 - 178.
  • Eastwood, J., Jalaludin, B., Kemp, L., Phung, H., Barnett, B. and Tobin, J. (2013), 'Social exclusion, infant behavior, social isolation, and maternal expectations independently predict maternal depressive symptoms', Brain and Behavior, vol 3, no 1 , pp 14 - 23.
  • Eastwood, J., Jalaludin, B., Kemp, L., Phung, H. and Barnett, B. (2013), 'Immigrant maternal depression and social networks : a multilevel Bayesian spatial logistic regression in South Western Sydney, Australia', Spatial and Spatio-temporal Epidemiology, vol 6 , pp 49 - 58.
  • Haigh, F., Baum, F., Dannenberg, A., Harris, M., Harris-Roxas, B., Keleher, H., Kemp, L., Morgan, R., Ng Chok, H., Spickett, J. and Harris, E. (2013), 'The effectiveness of health impact assessment in influencing decision-making in Australia and New Zealand 2005-2009', BMC Public Health, vol 13, no 1 .
  • Haigh, F., Harris, E., Ng Chok, H., Baum, F., Harris-Roxas, B., Kemp, L., Spickett, J., Keleher, H., Morgan, R., Harris, M., Wendel, A. and Dannenberg, A. (2013), 'Characteristics of health impact assessments reported in Australia and New Zealand 2005-2009', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, vol 37, no 6 , pp 534 - 546.
  • Nathan, S., Kemp, L., Bunde-Birouste, A., MacKenzie, J., Evers, C. and Shwe, T. (2013), '"We wouldn't of made friends if we didn't come to Football United" : the impacts of a football program on young people's peer, prosocial and cross-cultural relationships', BMC Public Health, vol 13, no 1 .
  • Eastwood, J., Kemp, L., Jalaludin, B. and Phung, H. (2013), 'Neighborhood adversity, ethnic diversity, and weak social cohesion and social networks predict high rates of maternal depressive symptoms : a critical realist ecological study in South Western Sydney, Australia', International Journal of Health Services, vol 43, no 2 , pp 241 - 266.
  • Eastwood, J., Jalaludin, B., Kemp, L., Phung, H. and Adusumilli, S. (2013), 'Clusters of maternal depressive symptoms in South Western Sydney, Australia', Spatial and Spatio-temporal Epidemiology, vol 4, no 1 , pp 25 - 31.
  • Eastwood, J., Jalaludin, B., Kemp, L., Phung, H., Barnett, B. and Tobin, J. (2013), 'Corrigendum: Social exclusion, infant behavior, social isolation, and maternal expectations independently predict maternal depressive symptoms', Brain and Behavior, vol 3, no 3 , pp 327 - 327.
  • Johnson, M., Schmied, V., Lupton, S., Austin, M., Matthey, S., Kemp, L., Meade, T. and Yeo, A. (2012), 'Measuring perinatal mental health risk', Archives of Women's Mental Health, vol 15, no 5 , pp 375 - 386.
  • Bazeley, P. and Kemp, L. (2012), 'Mosaics, triangles, and DNA : metaphors for integrated analysis in mixed methods research', Journal of Mixed Methods Research, vol 6, no 1 , pp 55 - 72.
  • Cowley, S., Kemp, L., Day, C. and Appleton, J. (2012), 'Research and the organisation of complex provision : conceptualising health visiting services and early years programmes', Journal of Research in Nursing, vol 17, no 2 , pp 108 - 124.
  • Eastwood, J., Jalaludin, B., Kemp, L., Phung, H. and Barnett, B. (2012), 'Relationship of postnatal depressive symptoms to infant temperament, maternal expectations, social support and other potential risk factors : findings from a large Australian cross-sectional study', BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, vol 12 .
  • Rhee, J., Zwar, N. and Kemp, L. (2012), 'Advance care planning and interpersonal relationships : a two-way street', Family Practice, vol 30, no 2 , pp 219 - 226.
  • Harris, P., Kemp, L. and Sainsbury, P. (2012), 'The essential elements of health impact assessment and healthy public policy : a qualitative study of practitioner perspectives', BMJ Open, vol 2, no 6 .
  • Shortus, T., Kemp, L., McKenzie, S. and Harris, M. (2011), ''Managing patient involvement' : provider perspectives on diabetes decision-making', Health Expectations, vol 16, no 2 , pp 189 - 198.

Other Publications

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

Originally trained 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]
Funder:
  • Anonymous Donation
Western Researchers:
Years: 2015-09-29 - 2019-12-31
ID: P00023747
Title: Bulundidi Gudaga: supporting a strong start to learning for urban Aboriginal children
Funder:
  • Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation
Western Researchers:
Years: 2017-05-01 - 2019-03-31
ID: P00024034
Title: Can home-visiting improve early school entry outcomes?: Following the right@home randomised trial to age 5 years [no funding to WSU]
Funder:
  • National Health and Medical Research Council (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Lynn Kemp
Years: 2015-01-01 - 2019-12-31
ID: P00024172
Title: MECSH-Tower Hamlets
Funder:
  • Tower Hamlets GP Care Group CIC
Western Researchers:
Years: 2017-02-21 - 2020-02-21
ID: P00024229
Title: MECSH-South Eastern Sydney Local Health District
Funder:
  • NSW Department of Health
Western Researchers:
Years: 2016-05-31 -
ID: P00024230
Title: MECSH_SLHD Healthy Families Healthy Children (HFHC) program
Funder:
  • Sydney Local Health District
Western Researchers:
Years: 2016-09-26 -
ID: P00024231

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]
Funder:
  • National Health and Medical Research Council (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Lynn Kemp
Years: 2015-05-01 - 2015-12-31
ID: P00022936
Title: An ecological study of school transition and the early years of school for Aboriginal children in an urban community [via UNSW - no funding to UWS]
Funder:
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
Western Researchers:
Years: 2015-05-01 - 2015-12-31
ID: P00022938
Title: Trial of sustained nurse home visiting to CALD families in the SWSLHD
Funder:
  • South Western Sydney Local Health District
Western Researchers:
Years: 2017-06-01 - 2017-12-31
ID: P00024156
Title: Sustained Health Home Visiting for Families with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds with low English Proficiency (LEP): determining the efficacy of program delivery using interpreters or in-language community support
Funder:
  • South West Sydney Research
Western Researchers: Lynn Kemp and Cathy Kaplun
Years: 2017-07-26 - 2018-07-31
ID: P00024498
Title: MECSH- Southern NSW LHD
Funder:
  • Southern NSW Local Health District
Western Researchers: Lynn Kemp
Years: 2016-05-12 - 2018-05-18
ID: P00024212
Title: MECSH- right@home sustained nurse home visiting ARACY
Funder:
  • Australian Research Alliance for Children & Youth
Western Researchers:
Years: 2016-05-31 - 2017-07-10
ID: P00024213
Title: MECSH- Sydney Local Health District (LHD)-
Funder:
  • NSW Department of Health
Western Researchers: Lynn Kemp
Years: 2016-03-03 - 2016-11-22
ID: P00024220
Title: Translating 'proportionate universal healthcare' into meaningful service system design to achieve outcomes for families with young children
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
  • South Western Sydney Local Health District
  • Southern NSW Local Health District
Western Researchers: Lynn Kemp, Virginia Schmied, Ann Dadich and Kenny Lawson
Years: 2017-02-01 - 2018-01-31
ID: P00023593

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