Seth Westhead


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Seth Westhead (BHSc Nutrition/Physiology, MPH) has family connections to the Awabakal and Wiradjuri nations of NSW and is a Research Associate with Wardliparingga Aboriginal Health Equity Theme, South Australian Health & Medical Research Institute.

Through his research work, Seth strives to better understand how social and cultural determinants drive health and social inequities within society, particularly as it relates to the Indigenous population. He seeks to better equip communities and young people with tools and evidence for public health advocacy and enable communities to translate health research into meaningful action. Specifically, Seth has expertise in the: 1) conceptual development of Aboriginal specific social determinants and well-being frameworks and tools, 2) implementation of projects involving community engagement and community-led governance structures 2), and 3) undertaking of qualitative research methodologies and community and stakeholder participation interpretation of findings. 

Prior to his research work, Seth gained 10 years’ experience as a youth mentor across various government and non-government programs, focusing on the cultural development and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people. Seth is also a founding member and current Co-Chair of the First Nations Youth Health & Wellbeing Committee, a committee focused on bi-national collaboration and strengthening the health and wellbeing of Indigenous young people.

Education/Academic qualification

Masters, University of Adelaide

Award Date: 1 Jul 2018

Bachelor's Degree, University of Adelaide

Award Date: 1 Jul 2016

External positions

Affiliate Fellow Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Adelaide

1 Feb 2019 → …


  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
  • Adolescent health
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Public health
  • Social and Emotional Wellbeing


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