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Dr Nina Sivertsen is an Arctic Indigenous Sámi woman from Northern Norway currently living and working on Kaurna Lands in Adelaide, Australia. Nina is an RN and Lecturer within the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Flinders University.

Her inter-Indigenous research is internationally acknowledged and her work is the recipient of many awards and focuses on women's empowerment and leadership, in particular within Indigenous health. She holds a PhD about Indigenous identity and midwifery in a socio-political context of assimilation and colonisation, and aims to contribute to the growing literature of Indigenous research by Indigenous researchers in a global perspective. Her work with Indigenous women's identities and culture has led to international recognition as evidenced by her partnerships in Norway, Canada and Australia.

Nina has a strong presence within Indigenous health and women's issues and works with the International Alliance of First Nations Nurses and Midwives bringing together Indigenous health professionals from around the world to work towards an integrated approach to improving health care and health outcomes for all Indigenous people. She is also an avid researcher in the field of innovative uses of simulation strategies within nursing education, aiming to improve student experiences and also ultimately patient outcomes.

Dr Sivertsen is an active member of many community organisations and academic committees providing space for Indigenous voices within strategic planning, governance, and curriculum. She volunteers time to victim support work as well advocates towards putting consumers at the centre of health care. She is an ALLY at Flinders University supporting gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, intersex, questioning and queer (GLBTTIQQ) students and staff.

Her research interests include scholarship of teaching and learning, assessing and teaching cultural safety of future health professionals as well as exploring and working towards improving Indigenous and women's health.

Research Interests

The sub-Arctic Sami people and Indigenous Australians may be a world apart in geographical terms, yet share a common fate as Indigenous minorities emerging from centuries of colonisation. The importance of Indigenous storywork as an analytical and theoretical tool for understanding contemporary challenges have led to my research interests in Indigenous women's issues with cultural identity, and cultural traditions within clinical nursing practice.


Caring Futures Institute - COVID-19 Collaborative Research Grant Scheme. Title: Countering exclusion through community building: a strengths-based approach. Investigators: Robinson S, Xiao L, Cochran E, Bickford J, Bellon M, Lante K, Idle J, Parry Y, Willis E, Sivertsen N. AUD$49,935.

Enhancing health and wellbeing developmental outcomes for disadvantaged children 0- 18 years: A Nurse Practitioner led intervention. Parry, Y., Willis, E., Kendall, S., Marriott, R. & Sivertsen, N. Caring Futures Institute: AUD3,961.00

Rapid Applied Research Translation for Health Impact Grant 2019. Safely sleeping Aboriginal babies in South Australia. Grant/Sivertsen/Thornton/Deverix/Spurrier/Dyer/Williams/Mithcell/Cowan. $196,860.

Canadian Institute of Health Research CIHR 2018. Network Environments for Indigenous Health Research (NEIHR). Nekelc - Transforming Indigenous Health Research Environments. Bearskin/Forsythe/McCormick/Airini/Patterson/Murnaghan/Johnson/Sanderson/Blackstock/Mason/McNeil/Clark/Mchel/Bryant/Archie/Kelly/Kennedy/Sivertsen. CAD$725,000. Successful Step 1: CAD$74,960.

Rosemary Bryant AO Research Centre Seeding Grant 2018. Building nursing and midwifery capacity to maintain continuity of care for Aboriginal families and children accessing mainstream health services in the first 1000 days. Sivertsen/Grant/Deverix. $12,000.

NSW Women's Health Needs Analysis 2017. Abigail/Sivertsen/Eastman/Thomson/Tonkin/Heather. $7,000.

Canadian Institute of Health Research CIHR 2017. Ombaashi Indigenous Mentorship International Network Program. RMcCormick/Archie/Green/Riffel/Van Bibber/Airini/Blackstock/Bearskin/Butler/Walker/Clark/Delormier/Fraser/Gone/Goodwill/Hutchinson/Johnson/Patterson/Sanderson/Sivertsen/Smith/Smith. CAD $1,000,000.00.

Flinders SoNM Start Up Grant 2016. Evaluating the impact of a 3D cultural simulation experience on a diverse cohort of nursing/midwifery students. McNeill/Bell/Levett-Jones/Pront/Sivertsen/Button/Muller/Du/Shifaza/Kako/Gilham/Parker. $5,000.

Department of Social Services DSS 2016 Strengthening Communities Grant. $2,000.

Flinders FMNHS Seeding Grant 2015. Safe Sleep Space Alternative for Aboriginal Families. Grant/Sivertsen. $12,000.

Flinders SoNM Start Up Grant 2015. Culture and spirituality of older Indigenous Australians in Aboriginal aged care facilities in metropolitan Adelaide. Sivertsen/Harrington. $5,000.

Flinders FMNHS Establishment Grant 2015. Culture and spirituality of older Indigenous Australians in rural Aboriginal aged care facilities in South Australia. Sivertsen/Harrington. $10,000.

Roger Wurm Scholarship 2018. $2,696.
Ruth Gibson Memorial Award 2015. $2,000.


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