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Research Biography

Nina Sivertsen is an Indigenous Sámi woman living and working on Kaurna Lands in Australia. She holds a position as Senior Lecturer (Nursing), Flinders University, and Associate Professor, Arctic University of Norway. Her academic work encompasses curriculum design and implementation, with cultural responsiveness in the centre to positively engage students in learning about First Nations health.

In her research, she focuses on community and health systems research in partnership with First Peoples and contributes to restorative policy and practice, especially around women’s health in a socio-political context of assimilation and colonisation. She works in inter-Indigenous settings together with First Nations health professionals from around the world to improve healthcare and health outcomes for all First Nations people. 

Nina’s work in the nexus of Indigenous women’s identities, culture, health, and education has led to international recognition as evidenced by her partnerships in Norway, Canada and Australia. She is the recipient of numerous awards; amongst them the 2022 Flinders Reconciliation Award, 2021 Women in Innovation Award, the 2020 Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Innovation in Teaching, as well as being a finalist of the 2021 AFR National Teaching Excellence Awards.

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 works with research higher degree students to create new knowledge and build capacity enabling students to fulfil their potential as independent academics and researchers of the future.

Dr Sivertsen welcomes interdisciplinary opportunities for research collaboration and research supervision.

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. 

My research interests revolve around qualitative studies in First Nations health systems and services, with a particular focus on the integration of culture in care. I am dedicated to exploring the complexities and nuances of Indigenous healthcare experiences, emphasising community-driven approaches that prioritise cultural safety and competency. By engaging with Indigenous communities and stakeholders, my work seeks to unearth culturally responsive healthcare practices, address health disparities, and empower Indigenous voices in shaping policies and services. My ultimate aim is to contribute to the enhancement of healthcare systems that honor and respect Indigenous traditions, knowledge, and values while improving health outcomes for First Nations peoples.


2023 SALHN Collaborative Clinician Grant: Birthing Experiences
2023 OEY Child Health Development Checks Stage 2
2022 Flinders Foundation: The needs of Early Menarche in South Australian Primary Schools
2022 OEY Child Health Development Checks Stage 1
2022 Flinders Foundation Grant Exploring interprofessional education for child protection
2022 Hospital Research Foundation: Health access for women and children leaving DV
2021 Arts in Health: Innovative ways to teach nursing students about First Nations health
2021 Nexus Arts Cultivator Residency
2021 Channel 7 Research Foundation Grant
2020 CFI COViD-19 Collaboration Grant
2020 Community Partnership Grant
2020 CFI Enhancing wellbeing for disadvantaged children
2019 MRFF Rapid Applied Research Translation for Health Impact Grant
2018 Canadian Institute of Health Research CIHR. Network Environments for Indigenous Health Research (NEIHR)
2018 Rosemary Bryant Foundation Seeding Grant
2017 NSW Women's Health Needs Analysis Grant
2017 CIHR Ombaashi - International Indigenous Mentorship Network Program Grant
2016 School of Nursing and Midwifery Start-Up Grant
2016 Department of Social Services DSS Strengthening Communities Grant
2015 Flinders Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences Seeding Grant
2015 Flinders Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences Establishment Grant
2015 Flinders School of Nursing and Midwifery Start-Up Grant


Research Expertise

Research Areas: systematic reviews, health services research, workforce development, culture in care, First Nations People’s health, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women’s and children’s health, First Nations birthing experiences, birthing on country model, cultural diversity in health, cultural safety, nursing, curriculum design, Indigenous health in global contexts, consequences of colonisation on health and well-being, decolonisation in health and education, inclusive research methods, ethics, qualitative methods.

Supervisor Philosophy

Dr Sivertsen is committed to creating a supportive and inclusive research environment where students are encouraged to explore their intellectual passions, challenge existing paradigms, and make significant contributions to their respective fields. I prioritise open communication, active listening, and tailored guidance to meet each student's unique needs and aspirations. Ultimately, my goal is to empower and equip my students with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to excel as independent researchers and scholars.

Completed Supervisions


Associate Supervisor: Nursing communication. Flinders University, College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Adelaide, Australia. Completion due: 2026.

Associate Supervisor: Family presence during resuscitation – An Indonesian protocol. Flinders University, College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Adelaide, Australia. Completion due 2025.

Associate Supervisor: Vaccine hesitancy and decision-making in pregnancy. Flinders University, College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Adelaide, Australia. Completed 2023.

Associate Supervisor: Sámi nursing; Cultural safety; Nurses’ experiences meeting Sámi patients. University of Tromsø, The Arctic University of Norway, Faculty of Health Sciences. Completion due 2024.

Master of Science by Research

Principal Supervisor: Unsuccessful research funding – exploring impact on researchers in Australia. Flinders University, College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Completion due 2024.

Associate Supervisor: Arts based nursing education. Flinders University, College of Nursing and Health Sciences. 2018 – 2019. Completed 2020.

Master by Coursework and Research

Principal Supervisor: Endorsed midwife in Aboriginal Community Controlled Health (rural remote setting). Completed 2022.

Associate Supervisor: Multicultural Nursing; Workforce Development; Aged Care; Communication in Practice. Flinders University, College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Completion due 2022. Completed 2022.


Principal Supervisor: Family experiences of health care and support when Aboriginal families experience a child is removed from family care during or around birthing in mainstream hospitals. Flinders University, College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Completed 2023.

Principal Supervisor: A Qualitative Systematic Review of Paramedics Lived Experiences of Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect in the US, UK, and Australia. Flinders University, College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Completion due 2021. Completed 2022.

Education/Academic qualification

Graduate Certificate Education (Higher Education), Flinders University

Award Date: 1 Aug 2016

PhD, (Ng/Midwif), Flinders University

Award Date: 14 Sept 2014


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Research Areas

  • Healthy start to life
  • Knowledge translation and implementation science
  • Nursing
  • Health emergencies and health security

Supervisory Interests

  • Nursing education
  • Teaching and learning in higher education, quality learning
  • Indigenous cultures
  • Indigenous health
  • Cultural safety
  • Indigenous women's health
  • Women's health
  • Biographical research
  • Indigenous identities
  • Midwifery history
  • Community nursing and midwifery
  • Multicultural nursing workforce
  • Simulation education strategies


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