Dr Nina Sivertsen

Senior Lecturer

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

place Sturt North (N321)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

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

Honours, awards and grants

2020 Vice President's Teaching Excellence Award
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

Teaching interests

Topic Coordinator across both undergraduate and postgraduate topics.

Curriculum Development
Curriculum development and design of NURS3005: Indigenous health specialty stream - Rheumatic Heart Disease (Rhd) And Acute Rheumatic Fever (Arf) For Health Professionals
2016-18 Team Leader Curriculum development and design of NURS1008 Indigenous Health BN undergraduate 1st year topic
NURS3001 Team Leader Curriculum development and design of new
BN undergraduate 3rd year topic
2014 Curriculum development and design of NURS3004 (Transition to Professional Practice)
2013 Curriculum development and design 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 global perspectives on policy and political contexts of health care and here students are introduced to international policies and their political contexts and how this influences health care practice and population health at a global, national and local level.

Topic coordinator
NURS2103 Health Psychology and Health Sociology
NURS1008 Indigenous Health and Cultural Safety
NURS9711 Advanced Communication
NURS3001 Dynamics of Practice 2
NURS8010 Global Perspectives on Policy and Political Contexts of Health Care
Topic lecturer
NURS3005 Transition to Professional Practice (PEP)
NURS2004 Dynamics of Practice
NURS9711 Advanced communication
NURS1006 Introduction to professional practice
NURS2103 Health Psychology and Health Sociology
NURS2724 Indigenous Health for Nurses and Midwives
NURS8733 Psychosocial Aspects of Diabetes Management
NURS3001 Dynamics of Practice 2
NURS1008 Indigenous Health and Cultural Safety
NURS8010 Global Perspectives on Policy and Political Contexts of Health Care
Supervisory interests
Biographical research
Community nursing and midwifery
Cultural safety
History, women's
Indigenous cultures
Indigenous health
Indigenous identities
Indigenous women's health
Midwifery history
Multicultural nursing workforce
Nursing education
Scholarship of teaching and learning
Simulation education strategies
Teaching and learning in higher education, quality learning
Women's health
Higher degree by research supervision
Associate supervisor: Multicultural Nursing; Workforce Development; Aged Care; Communication in Practice (1), Nursing; Vaccine hesitancy (pregnancy/early childhood) (1), Cultural safety in nursing in Norway (1)
Higher degree by research student achievements
Susan Timpani

Masters of Clinical Eduation by Research 'Storytelling during Clinical Facilitation Arts-Based Narrative Inquiry' - FEB 2020

Further information

2019 In Practice Magazine. From the Arctic Circle to Outback Australia - An Indigenous Research Journey
2018 Radio interview Coast FM 88.7 about research with the Rosemary Bryant Research Centre.
2018 RBF Video interview
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