Leda Sivak

MA, BA(Hons), BSc

  • 9 Citations
  • 2 h-Index

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Leda has been working within Wardliparingga since March 2014.  Currently she is Study Coordinator for the Barngarla Language and Wellbeing Study, a five-year National Health and Medical Research Council funded project grant (2017-2021) that aims to systematically assess the social and emotional wellbeing impacts of Indigenous language reclamation with Barngarla community members from the Eyre Peninsula.  Prior to her current role, Leda worked on a range of projects within Wardliparingga, most recently as Project Manager for the development of a Model of Care for Aboriginal Prisoner Health and Wellbeing for South Australia, which was launched by the Minister for Health in early 2018 (http://www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/wps/wcm/connect/d9e831ff-6332-4cc7-95c2-0e3d8e282315/SA+Prison+Health+Service+MOC+for+Aboriginal+prisoner+health+and+wellbeing+for+SA.pdf?MOD=AJPERES&CACHEID=ROOTWORKSPACE-d9e831ff-6332-4cc7-95c2-0e3d8e282315-m5B2uMt).  Leda also has contributed to a variety of evaluation projects both within South Australia and other Australian jurisdictions.  In 2014 she was part of a national study team who developed a Wellbeing Framework to assist primary healthcare services to improve the quality of care and health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples living with chronic conditions (http://www.kvc.org.au/projects-and-studies/towards-wellbeing-model-aboriginal-torres-strait-islander-peoples-living-chronic-disease/).  Before joining the team at Wardliparingga, Leda worked as a consulting anthropologist in the field of Aboriginal cultural heritage management, undertaking fieldwork throughout South Australia and the Pilbara and Kimberley regions of Western Australia between 2008 and 2014.  Presently Leda is a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Adelaide exploring the topic:  ‘Researching Research: Redressing power imbalances in Aboriginal health research’.


  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
  • Social and Emotional Wellbeing
  • Qualitative
  • Biopsychosocial

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Research Output

  • 9 Citations
  • 2 h-Index
  • 4 Article
  • 1 Commissioned report

Can the Revival of Indigenous Languages Improve the Mental Health and Social and Emotional Wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People?

Sivak, L., Westhead, S., Richards, E., Atkinson, S., Dare, H., Richards, J., Zuckermann, G., Rosen, A., Gee, G., Wright, M., Brown, N., Ritchie, T., Walsh, M. & Brown, A., 2019, In : TheMHS e-Book of Proceedings.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

“Language Breathes Life”—Barngarla Community Perspectives on the Wellbeing Impacts of Reclaiming a Dormant Australian Aboriginal Language

Sivak, L., Westhead, S., Richards, E., Atkinson, S., Richards, J., Dare, H., Zuckermann, GA., Gee, G., Wright, M., Rosen, A., Walsh, M., Brown, N. & Brown, A., 2 Oct 2019, In : International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 16, 20, 17 p., 3918.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
2 Citations (Scopus)

Model of Care for Aboriginal Prisoner Health and Well-being for South Australia

Sivak, L. & Cantley, L., 1 Nov 2017, (In preparation) 18 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

2 Citations (Scopus)

Content analysis of bias in international print media coverage of genetically modified food

Fitzgerald, R., Campbell, H. & Sivak, L., Jan 2001, In : Rural Society. 11, 3, p. 181-196 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

5 Citations (Scopus)