Over the past twenty-five years Helen has travelled extensively throughout Asia, in particular Indonesia, completing a Masters Degree in Anthropology majoring in Indonesian language and culture at Monash University in 2006.

As a committee member of the Australian Indonesian Association of Victoria (AIAV) since 2001 positions held include Secretary from 2004 to 2006 and President from 2009 to 2012. More recent activities have included organizing workshops and presentations by invited Indonesian dignitaries at the University of Melbourne together with Nani Pollard. However Helen Anderson probably best know as the crossword lady setting bi-lingual crossword puzzles for the monthly AIAV newsletter. Since completing her post graduate studies she has been employed in the Insurance industry.