Maternal Early Childhood Sustained Home Visiting (MECSH) Program

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Lynn Kemp, a director at the Ingham's Institute who will also be performing at the awards ceremony. Picture: Simon Bennett

Lynn Kemp, a director at the Ingham’s Institute who will also be performing at the awards ceremony. Picture: Simon Bennett

Lynn Kemp is a University of New South Wales researcher and heads up one of the Ingham Institute’s community health groups, responsible for developing a world standard nursing home-visiting program called Maternity Early Childhood Sustained Home-visiting, which is also known as MECSH.

The international recognised and success of MECSH has grown exponentially, and this program was born out of Sydney South West at the Ingham Institute and has been expanded worldwide.

Twelve years after Professor Kemp began her career at the Ingham Institute, The Maternal Early Childhood Sustained Home Visiting program has been adopted in Britain and Korea with great success.

“MECSH program started in South Western Sydney in 2002 in response to a need for some improvement of services for families with young children living in disadvantaged communities in South Western Sydney.” Professor Kemp said.

“And so, there was some funding awarded through what was then a community solutions and crime prevention strategy funding from the then premier’s department of New South Wales government.”

“The first step in Korea has been to work locally to develop and implement a universal home-visiting program, on to which then we subsequently can put the additional, more intensive support services for the vulnerable families,”

“The program has been going for a year in Korea and the focus on the first year has been on getting the training and the systems in place to implement a universal home-visiting program for all families, and to start building on that to implement the sustained home-visiting program for the vulnerable families.”

Professor Kemp will provide her program to other countries that need assistance developing healthcare for families at risk.

The team will meet delegates next month to discuss implementing the program in China.

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