Professor of Midwifery, Associate Dean Research and HDR, Midwifery Discipline Leader, Western Sydney University

Hannah Dahlen is the Professor of Midwifery, Associate Dean Research and HDR and Midwifery Discipline Leader in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Western Sydney. She has been a midwife for 30 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 15 grants since 2000, including being CI on two NHMRC grants in 2011 and has had over 200 publications. She has spoken at over 100 national and international conference in the past five years and given invited keynote addresses at half of these.

Hannah has been interviewed in print, radio and TV hundreds of times and featured in four 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 2019 Hannah was awarded a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia (General Division) in the Queen’s birthday honours list for her significant services to midwifery, nursing and medical education and research. 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.

Experience

  • 2008–present
    Professor of Midwifery , Western Sydney University

Education

  • 2007 
    Univeristy of Technology Sydney, PhD

Grants and Contracts

  • 2011
    APP1022422. Birthplace in Australia: A prospective cohort study
    Role:
    CI
    Funding Source:
    NHMRC
  • 2011
    Improving maternal and infant outcomes: A multicentre RCT of midwifery & dental intervention
    Role:
    CI
    Funding Source:
    NHMRC

Research Areas

  • Midwifery (111006)
  • Nursing (1110)

Honours

AM