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Darren Garvey was born and raised in Cairns, North Queensland, yet his heritage extends to and reflects the diversity of the Torres Strait. Darren has a degree in Psychology from James Cook University in North Queensland and postgraduate classifications in Health Promotion and Tertiary Education from Curtin University.
For the past 15 years he has worked at the Centre for Aboriginal Studies at Curtin University, coordinating the Mental Health and Counselling specialisation and lecturing in the Indigenous Australian Cultural Studies Program. He is presently pursuing his PhD on how the arena of Indigenous mental health is constructed and negotiated by mental health professionals, students and Indigenous people.
Darren has spoken both domestically and internationally, and written the need to consider the mental health of Indigenous health workers; Indigenous youth suicide; the role of psychology with Indigenous Australian people; ethics in psychological research; and meanings of cultural appropriateness. In 2000 he helped edit and contribute to a handbook for psychologists Working with Indigenous Australians, and published the book Indigenous identity in contemporary psychology: dilemmas, developments, directions (2007) which was shortlisted for the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Stanner Award.
Darren is a devoted family man and is the proud father of Oliver and Elliott.