Professor of Midwifery at University of Western Sydney

Hannah Dahlen is the Professor of Midwifery in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at UWS. She has been a midwife for 24 years and still practices. She is one of the first midwives in Australia to gain Eligibility and access to a Medicare provider number following government reforms in 2010.

Hannah has strong national and international research partnerships, has received 12 grants since 2000, including being CI on two NHMRC grants in 2011 and has had over 60 publications in the past seven years. She has spoken at over 100 national and international conference and given invited keynote addresses at half of these.

Hannah is the National Media Spokesperson for Australian College of Midwives and has been interviewed in print, radio and TV over 300 times and featured in two documentaries. Hannah is a past President of the Australian College of Midwives and received Life Membership in 2008 for outstanding contributions to the profession of Midwifery.

In November 2012 she was named in the Sydney Morning Herald’s list of 100 “people who change our city for the better” A panelist on the selection panel for the special feature in the (sydney) magazine described Hannah as “probably the leading force promoting natural birth and midwife-led care in Australia.” Hannah was named as one of the leading “science and knowledge thinkers” for 2012.


  • 2008–present
    Associate Professor of Midwifery , University of Western Sydney


  • 2007 
    Univeristy of Technology Sydney, PhD

Grants and Contracts

  • 2011
    APP1022422. Birthplace in Australia: A prospective cohort study
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  • 2011
    Improving maternal and infant outcomes: A multicentre RCT of midwifery & dental intervention
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Research Areas

  • Midwifery (111006)
  • Nursing (1110)

Contact Hannah for

  • General
  • Media request
  • Speaking request
  • Consulting / Advising
  • Research collaboration
  • Research supervision