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.
RN, BNg (Hons First Class), Grad Cert Ed (Higher Ed), PhD Flin
2019 International Women's Day Irene Bell Award
2019 Rapid Applied Research Translation for Health Impact Grant
2018 Roger Wurm Scholarship
2018 Canadian Institute of Health Research CIHR. Network Environments for Indigenous Health Research (NEIHR)
2018 Rosemary Bryant AO Research Centre Seeding Grant
2017 NSW Women's Health Needs Analysis Grant
2017 Canadian Institute of Health Research 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
2016 Building Research Leaders Program
2016 Turnitin Global Innovations Award - Finalist
2016 JBI Comprehensive Systematic Review Training Program, Certified Reviewer
2015 Golden Key Asia-Pacific Outstanding Service Award
2015 Flinders Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences Seeding Grant
2015 Ruth Gibson Memorial Award
2015 Office for Women Board Training Scholarship with the Australian Institute of Company Directors: Foundations of Directorship and Governance for Directors Course
2015 Flinders Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences Establishment Grant
2015 Flinders School of Nursing and Midwifery Start-Up Grant
2010 Flinders University Overseas Research Student Conference Travel Grant
2009 Golden Key Asia-Pacific Achievement in Health Sciences Award
2009 Flinders University Conference Travel Grant
2007 Flinders University Research Scholarship
2007 Flinders University Medal
2005 Golden Key International Honour Society for outstanding Scholastic achievement and excellence
2005 Chancellor's Letter of Commendation, Flinders University
The sub-Arctic Sámi 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.
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.
Topic Coordinator across both undergraduate and postgraduate topics.
2016 - 2018 Team Leader Development of new BN curriculum NURS1008 Indigenous Health (first year topic)
2014 – 2015 Team Leader Development of new BN curriculum NURS3001 Simulation/Deteriorating patients/Team communication (final year topic)
2014 Development of NURS3004 (Transition to Professional Practice)
2013 Development and writing of NURS2004 (Dynamics of Practice)
Student Mobility (Canada) theme specific liaison: Indigenous Health.
Teaching Indigenous health for nurses and midwives. This teaching is designed to enhance nursing students' understanding and awareness of health of Indigenous Australian Peoples in Australia from historical and contemporary perspectives within a framework of cultural safety. It is important to examine the way Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health is currently addressed within the Australian health system and critically examine the impacts of racism and discrimination on health and illness.
Teaching Psychology and Sociology for health professionals. Teachings focus on psychological influences on maintenance of health and responses to illness. It also applies a sociological perspective to the construction of health and illness and health care policy and practice.
Teaching Advanced Communication which provides an opportunity for Registered Nurses to enhance their communication skills within the context of a leadership role in a clinical/community organisational unit. A core emphasis of this topic is communicating with a diverse range of people as part of an interdisciplinary team and advanced communication skills related to team leading and team building, conflict resolution, counselling, professional interactions and relationships, human resource management and group work. It includes cultural, psychological and social aspects of communication.
Board Director Victim Support Services SA
Board Director Health Consumer Alliance SA
AlterNative - International Journal of Indigenous Peoples
Iranian Journal of Nursing and Midwifery Research, Editorial Board and Consultant
Flinders Start-Up Grant, Reviewer
Scientific Committee Member:
Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) 2016-
Annual Women's Leadership and Empowerment Conference, Bangkok, Thailand, 2015, 2018
International Alliance of First Nations Nurses & Midwives Committee Member 2016-
National Council of Women SA, State Coordinator and State Advisor Rural and Urban Women, 2015-
SA Health Clinical Training Council Workgroup: Embedding Simulation (Simulated Learning Environment) 2015
SA Child Health Clinical Network, 2014–2015
Health Consumer Advocate, HCASA, 2013-
Flinders Faculty Committee of Teaching and Learning 2016-2017
Flinders Faculty Courses and Curricula Committee 2016-2017
Board of Studies SoNM 2016-2017
Honours Subcommittee 2017
Faculty Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health 2015-2017
Undergraduate Nursing Course Advisory Committee, SoNM 2014-2015
Equal Opportunity & Diversity Committee 2013-2015
ALLY Network representative 2012-
Postgraduate Subcommittee 2014-2015
Undergraduate Nursing Subcommittee 2012-
International Programs Advisory Committee 2006-2011
Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives 2014-
Australian National Committee for UN Women 2014-2016
SNF-Sámi NissonForum / Sámi Women’s Forum, Kárášjohka, Norwegian Sámiland 2016-
Sámi Electoral Register, Norway 2006-
STTI - Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society 2016-
Sturt Honor Society 2013-2016
Golden Key International Honour Society 2005-
Mentor Connect@Flinders, 2013-2014
Inspire Peer Mentoring Program 2009-2011
2018 Radio interview Coast FM 88.7 about research with the Rosemary Bryant Research Centre: Culturally safe nursing and midwifery care for Aboriginal families in the first 1000 days.
2018 Radio interview ABC 891 about work with National Council of Women SA
2018 Accredited Youth Mental Health First Aider
2017 San'yas - Indigenous Cultural Safety & Mental Health Training Program, Canada
2016 3M Thesis Judge SoNM, Flinders
2016 JBI Joanna Briggs Institute Comprehensive Systematic Review (CSR) Training Program
2015 SA Health Clinical Training Council Workgroup: Invited member of Embedding Simulation (Simulated Learning Environment)
2015 Invited speaker Centre for University Teaching (CUT), Flinders, seminar series about ‘Research into Teaching’ centred on Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
2015 Organizer and invited speaker National Council of Women SA seminar: 'Unfinished Business...' - Aboriginal Recognition in the Australian Constitution, 23 May, Adelaide
2015 Student Mobility (Canada) theme specific liaison: Indigenous Health
2015 Premier's Women's Directory
2015 NHET Simulation Courses
2015 Invited guest speaker to Health Science HLTH2101, 'Cultural Safety'
2014 Invited guest speaker to Poche Centre of Indigenous Health and Well-being, 'Models of cross-cultural work'
2013 Invited guest speaker to Flinders University, 'Cultural Safety'
2012 Invited guest speaker to Australian College of Midwives SA
2012 Invited guest speaker Flinders University, 'Indigenous Health - Models of Health'
2012 Co-arranger and presenter of 'Cultural Safety 3 day workshop', Poche Centre of Indigenous Health and Well-being
2010 Invited guest speaker UniSA, Magill Campus, 'Community Research and Work: Examples from my PhD'
2007 Invited guest speaker Flinders University, 'Undertaking an Honours Degree'
2007 Radio Interview Radio Adelaide 101.5 FM, International Links: Circumpolar Nursing: Exploring Sámi nurses' experience of culture in their practice
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