Helena Anolak

Position: Program Coordinator – Perinatal and Infant Mental Health & Clinical Placement Coordinator - Midwifery
Discipline: Midwifery
Location: Mt Helen campus, H106
Phone: (03) 5327 9355
Email: h.anolak@federation.edu.au


  • PhD studies – University of Canberra – 2017-Current
  • Graduate Certificate of Tertiary Teaching – Open University – 2012
  • Master of Midwifery Studies – The University of Newcastle – 2007
    [Modules completed leadership and management in practice and leading change in practice. Thesis Focus: Timing of cord clamping post birth on a full-term healthy infant].
  • Graduate Diploma of Midwifery – The University of Newcastle – 2005
    [Final dissertation topic: Smoking in Pregnancy]
  • Bachelor of Health Science (Nursing) – La Trobe University – 2002
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts – La Trobe University – 1999



  • Graduate Diploma of Midwifery
  • Master of Health (Perinatal and infant mental health)


  • Midwifery as a profession (MIDGD6202)
  • Research methods for evidence-based practice (MIDGD6205)
  • Midwifery partnerships with First Nations Families (MIDGD6207)
  • Perinatal and Infant Mental Health 1 (HEALP6201)
  • Perinatal and Infant Mental Health 2 (HEALP6202)
  • Advanced Perinatal and Infant Mental Health 3 (HEALP6203)


Helena Anolak is a registered nurse and midwife with experience practicing in a range of local, national, and international clinical areas in diverse settings such as Canada, Kenya, and the UK.

Helena has been working with Federation University Australia since 2022 and is currently the Program Coordinator of the perinatal and infant mental health Master of Health program. She is also the clinical placement coordinator for all midwifery and related disciplines

Helena loves all things pregnancy and birth with her research interests laying in human rights, perinatal mental health, antenatal care, and arts in health. Her PhD focuses mainly on the fetal-maternal bond and the transition to motherhood which aligns with her passion for improving and strengthening maternity care for women and their families.

Research interests

  • Human rights
  • Perinatal Mental Health
  • Arts in Health
  • Education of Midwifery students
  • Antenatal Care


Systematic review of group-based creative arts interventions in support of informal caregivers of adults: a narrative synthesis (2022) Ageing and Society, 1-34, DOI: 10.1017/S0144686X2200068X

What’s wrong with using the F word? A systematic integrative review of how the fetus is talked about in situations of fetal demise or high risk of fetal loss (2019) Midwifery, 79. p-11

Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) combined with Music, Drawing and Narrative (MDN) as an intervention for reducing perinatal anxiety. Women and Birth 31(supp 1), S30-S31. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wombi.2018.08.095

Is the “flipped” pedagogical model the answer to the challenges of rural nursing education? (2018) Nurse Education Today, 66 pp. 15-18

Looking back to understand what lies ahead: Students’ visual journey (2018) Australian Nursing and Midwifery journal. 26, 1, p.1

From reflection will come effective action: A first year midwifery students’ visual journey (2017) Women and Birth 30, 1, p. 36-37

Africa And Its Shifting Values: Rights and Wrongs? Criminal Justice and The Riddles of Deliverance, (2016) Journal of The Philosophy of International Law, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp 10-25

Breastfeeding and Motherhood: Facts and Figures in Re-energising best practice (2015). The Australian Journal of Child and Family Health Nursing, 11 (2), page 22-27

Our bodies, our choices: Zoe’s Law on Fetal Personhood (2015). Women and Birth, Mar; 28 (1):60-4

Hazards of Rhetoric in War—Blouses And Insignia: Privileges and Non-Privileges of ‘Enemy’ Populations? Policies of Irresponsibility, Journal of The Philosophy of International Law, Volume 6, Issue 2 (2015), pp 28-34

The Pill — A Rose Ringed by a Thorn Bush? Past and Present Ramifications, Australian Journal of Gender & Law, Vol. 2, 2009, 1-3.

Legalising Divorce in the Republic of Ireland: A Canonical Harness to the Legal Liberation of the Right to Marriage among the Disenfranchised, (2009) Law and Religion E-Journal, available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1465343


  • Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF)
  • The Australian College of Midwives (ACM)
  • International Confederation of Midwives (ICM)
  • The Midwife Tribe (TMT)
  • Centre of Perinatal Excellence (COPE)
  • International Honour Society - Golden Key Scholar