Theme Member
Leda Sivak


Phone: 08 8128 4242



Master of Arts (Anthropology)

Bachelor of Arts with Honours (Anthropology)

Bachelor of Science (Neuroscience)

Certificate IV Project Management


Leda Sivak has been working at Wardliparingga since early 2014. First, as Program Manager of the Kanyini Vascular Collaboration, Leda provided project management and research support to a Centre for Research Excellence that had been established in 2005. In that role she also contributed to the development of a Wellbeing Framework to support the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples living with chronic disease. More recently Leda has been an active member of Wardliparingga’s Evaluation Team, which conducts complex, multi-disciplinary program and service evaluations both within South Australia and interstate. In addition, Leda has provided editorial support to the South Australian Aboriginal Diabetes Strategy and South Australian Aboriginal Heart and Stroke Plan projects. Her current role is within the Wardliparingga team that is developing an Improvement Guide for actions impacting on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people for Version Two of the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards.

Leda is also currently enrolled as a PhD candidate within the Department of Anthropology at the University of Adelaide, co-supervised by Professor Alex Brown (Deputy Director, SAHMRI) and Dr Susan Hemer (Department of Anthropology, University of Adelaide). Her topic is broadly focused on the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal health workforces and the cultural safety of organisations. Leda is a member of the SAHMRI Student Association Committee.


Davy, C., Rickards, B., Cass, A., Brady, J., DeVries, J., Fewquandie, B., Ingram, S., Liu, H., Peiris, D., Mentha, R., Simon, P., Togni, S., Kite, E., Sivak, L., Askew, D., Hackett, M., Brown, A. ‘Facilitating engagement through strong relationships between primary healthcare and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’, Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health (in press, March 2016).

Davy, C., Kite, E., Sivak, L. et al. ‘Wellbeing Framework: Supporting the development of contextually relevant models of care for aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples living with chronic disease, Australian Diabetes Educator’, 19(1), March 2016.

Stewart, M., O’Brien, M., Sivak, L. et al. ‘Developing locally specific ‘wellbeing models’ for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples living with chronic disease’, proceedings of the National Rural Health Conference, Darwin 24-27 May 2015.

Sivak, L., Arney, F. and Lewig, K. A Pilot Exploration of a Family Home Visiting Program for Families of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children, Aboriginal Family Home Visiting Research Partnership, November 2, 2007.

Sivak, L. ‘Historicising Whiteness in the Context of Contemporary Consultation’, in Historicising Whiteness: Transnational Perspectives on the Construction of an Identity, Melbourne: RMIT Press, 2007.

Scott, D., Salveron, M., Reimer, E., Nichols, S., Sivak, L., and Arney, F. 2007. Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth ‘Positive Partnerships with Parents of Young Children’, Topical Paper 9: How important are relationships to the achievement of outcomes and service delivery and what are the relationship characteristics that improve outcome? Prepared by Australian Centre for Child Protection, March 2007.

Sivak, L. ‘Culture and Science: A Critical Assessment of Consultation about Biotechnology in New Zealand’, Journal of Management Communication, 10(3), August 2006.

H. Campbell., Fitzgerald, R., and Sivak, L. ‘Content Analysis of Bias in International Print Media Coverage of Genetically Modified Foods’, Rural Society, 2001; 11(3):181-196.

Sivak. L. Centre for the Study of Agriculture, Food and Environment Strategic Issues for GMOs in Primary Production: Key economic drivers and emerging issues: Discussion Paper, No.1. 2000. University of Otago, Dunedin: Centre for the Study of Agriculture Food and Environment, School of Social Sciences.

Research Interests

Leda’s primary research interests relate to connections between bio-physical, socio-cultural, and psycho-spiritual aspects of wellbeing and health, with a particular commitment to enhancing the wellbeing and health outcomes of Indigenous peoples.  

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