About Hannah

Hannah Dahlen is a Professor of Midwifery and Higher Degree Research Director in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the Western Sydney University. Hannah has had national and international success with grants (three NHMRC, one ARC, two COST). Hannah has published more than 100 papers and has given papers at over 100 conferences and seminars with half of these being invited keynote addresses. Hannah is one of the top ranking Western Sydney authors for The Conversation.  Hannah has been cited in the media over 1000 times and has been a part of three documentary films. Hannah has strong international collaborations. She is co-founder of the international research collaboration EPIIC (Epigenetic Impact of Childbirth). In November 2012 she was named in the Sydney Morning Herald’s list of 100 “people who change our city for the better”. She was named as one of the leading “science and knowledge thinkers” for 2012 due to her research and public profile. Hannah has a strong profile in the profession of midwifery. She is a past National President of the Australian College of Midwives and she sits on several peak National and State committees. Hannah sits on several state and National Health committees. Hannah is still a practising midwife and works in a private group practice in Sydney.

Hannah has experience with both quantitative and qualitative methodologies.  She has undertaken systematic reviews, randomised controlled trials, prospective cohort studies, retrospective cohort studies, population based studies, surveys, grounded theory, narrative analysis, ethnography, thematic analysis, content analysis (qual and quant), and mixed methods.

Area of expertise includes: midwifery, normal birth, birth interventions, media, water birth, perineal trauma, incontinence, epigenetics, oral health, health policy, acupuncture, homebirth, birth centres, fear, risk, birth trauma, human rights in childbirth, models of care, vaginal examination, ,maternal death, maternal complications, perinatal outcomes, young parents, obesity, CALD women’s outcomes, birth positions, birth experiences,

Hannah competed her PhD in 2008 and commenced supervising higher degree students then. During the past 8 years she has had ten higher degree completions. Hannah currently supervises three Honours students. She has had three Honours completions, all First Class Honours. One of her Honours students received the University Medal at Western Sydney in 2011. She is currently supervising five PhD students has had six PhD completions. She has had four Masters Honours completions. In total she has had 10 higher degree completions. Six of these students have received scholarships. These students have published 26 papers during their candidature and presented over 50 conference papers. They have appeared in the media, written for the Conversation and are translating their research into practice through writing guidelines for NSW Health, providing consultancies and teaching.

Hannah has been deputy HDR director 2013-14 and HDR director 2015 onwards.

This information has been contributed by Professor Dahlen.


  • PhD University of Technology, Sydney
  • BNurs University of Technology, Sydney
  • MComN University of Sydney
  • BNurs University of Technology, Sydney


  • Human rights in childbirth
  • Normal birth
  • Perinatal Maternal and Infant Health
  • Perineal care

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Dean’s Unit – School Of Nursing And Midwifery
  • School Of Nursing And Midwifery