Vale Professor Andrew Kemp AM
3 April 2020:
It is with great sadness that we advise that Professor Andrew Kemp AM passed away at the age of 77 years, on Friday 3rd April 2020. He will be dearly missed and on behalf of ASCIA we send condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.
Professor Kemp was a long term ASCIA member who was well recognised for his significant contributions to clinical practice and research into paediatric allergic disease. He held several key, pro bono positions within the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA). These include membership on the ASCIA Council, Chairing of the ASCIA Paediatric Committee and membership of the ASCIA Anaphylaxis Committee. In these roles, he was involved in the development of several important ASCIA documents that are still used throughout Australia and New Zealand. These include ASCIA Action Plans for Anaphylaxis, ASCIA Guidelines for adrenaline (epinephrine) prescription and ASCIA food allergen challenge protocols.
Professor Kemp also made substantial contributions to the specialty of clinical immunology and allergy, by ensuring excellence in the training, supervision and examination of specialist junior doctors whilst training to obtain specialist recognition. Together with his mentoring of paediatric clinical immunology/allergy specialists, this has resulted in a new generation of specialists who have been involved in significant advances in clinical practice and research into paediatric allergic disease, particularly in the area of food allergy and allergy prevention. He was also a constant and vocal advocate for the safe and rational use of therapeutics and for excellence in all aspects of clinical care.
In recognition of his considerable contributions to medicine, Professor Andrew Kemp was named on the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2018 as a Member (AM) in the General Division, for his significant service to medicine, and to medical education, in the field of paediatric allergy and immunology as a clinician, academic and researcher.