• The University of Western Australia (M431), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • The University of Western Australia (M519), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 593 Citations
  • 14 h-Index

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Personal profile


Dr Anna Kemp joined the Centre for Health Services at The University of Western Australia in 2007. Her primary research interest is the utilisation of publically subsidised prescription medicines in Australia and the impact of national health policy on their use, particularly among vulnerable population groups. Her other research activities are the analysis of whole-population prescription data, cost barriers to medicines use, methods for analysing policy impacts, pharmaco-vigilance and medicines safety, and health outcomes studies using linked health data. She has a growing reputation within Australian pharmacoepidemiology and pharmaceutical policy research and she is committed to contributing to community health and wellbeing through her research.

Roles and responsibilities

Former Member, Drug Utilisation Sub Committee of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee

Research Advisor, Population Health Research Network (PHRN) Proof of Concept (PoC) Reference Group

School of Population Health Consumer and Community Advisory Council

Funding overview

Roughead E, Ryan P, Graves S, Pratt N, Shakib S, Caughey G, Huang N, Kemp A. Centre of excellence in post-marketing surveillance of medicines and devices. NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence 2013-2017: $2.5 million.

Havard A, Jorm L, Preen D, Daube M, Kemp A, Einarsdottir K, Randall D. Pharmacotherapy for smoking cessation during pregnancy and the inter-pregnancy period: a population-based cohort study. NHMRC Project Grant 2012-2016: $620,950.

Preen D, Roughead L, Saunders C, Kemp A, Bulsara M, Holman CDJ. Endocrine therapies for early breast cancer: health outcomes and policy implications in Australian clinical practice. Cancer Australia 2011-2013: $466,498 (2011 $193,070; 2012 $136,714; 2013 $136,714).

Preen DB, Kemp A, Briffa T, Sanfilippo FM, Morlet N. Does treatment of age-related macular degeneration with intravitreal injection of vascular endothelial growth factor inhibitors increase arterial thromboembolic events? NSW Save Sight Institute, 2011: $53,764.

Kemp A, Ng J, 2009, '2010 - Does Treatment of Age-Related Macular Degeneration with Intravitreal Injection of Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor Inhibitors Increase Arterial Thromboembolic Events?', UWA Research Development Award Scheme, Funds Approved: $29,579.00.

Previous positions

Deputy Chair, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences Regional Human Research Ethics Committee.
Visiting Research Fellow, The Sax Institute, Sydney.
Visiting Research Fellow, Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute, University of Wollongong.

Current projects

Endocrine therapy for early breast cancer: utilisation and outcomes in Australian practice.


Impact of Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) policy changes on utilisation of prescription medicines and health services, utilisation of endocrine therapies for breast cancer, utilisation of opioids, analysis of linked health datasets

Research expertise keywords

  • Pharmacoepidemiology
  • Health record linkage
  • Cost barriers to medicine use
  • Health services research
  • Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) data
  • Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) data
  • Australian pharmaceutical policy
  • Hormone therapies for breast cancer

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Research Output

Frequent general practitioner visits are protective against statin discontinuation after a Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme copayment increase

Seaman, K. L., Sanfilippo, F. M., Bulsara, M. K., Brett, T., Kemp-Casey, A., Roughead, E. E., Bulsara, C. & Preen, D. B., Jun 2020, In : Australian Health Review. 44, 3, p. 377-384 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Open Access
  • Use of smoking cessation pharmacotherapies during pregnancy is not associated with increased risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes: A population-based cohort study

    Tran, D. T., Preen, D. B., Einarsdottir, K., Kemp-Casey, A., Randall, D., Jorm, L. R., Choi, S. K. Y. & Havard, A., 5 Feb 2020, In : BMC Medicine. 18, 1, 15.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    First trimester exposure to varenicline was not associated with increased risk of major birth defects: Findings from the smoking MUMS (Maternal Use of Medications and Safety) study

    Tran, D. T., Preen, D. B., Einarsdottir, K., Kemp-Casey, A., Randall, D., Choi, S., Jorm, L. R. & Havard, A., Aug 2018, In : Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety. 27, p. 352-352 1 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalAbstract/Meeting Abstract

    Tobacco policy reform and population-wide antismoking activities in Australia: The impact on smoking during pregnancy

    Havard, A., Tran, D. T., Kemp-Casey, A., Einarsdóttir, K., Preen, D. B. & Jorm, L. R., 1 Sep 2018, In : Tobacco Control. 27, 5, p. 552-559 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
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