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Mr Darren Garvey

Curtin University, Centre for Aboriginal Studies
Kent Street
Bentley WA, 6102
Tel: (08) 9266 1862
Fax: (08) 9266 2888


Darren Garvey is a Lecturer at the Centre for Aboriginal Studies at Curtin University, Western Australia.  He is of Torres Strait Islander descent from Cairns, North Queensland.

In his current role, Darren lectures within the Indigenous Australian Cultural Studies program at Curtin University. His current teachings explore ways of providing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander focussed study courses to diverse audiences. Darren also assisted with the coordination of the mental health and counselling specialisation at Curtin University. Prior to working at Curtin University, Darren was a counsellor and program officer for an alcohol and drug program with Queensland Health and a psychologist for Community Mental Health Services in Cairns.

Alongside his teaching commitments, Darren is also completing a PhD exploring the ways that mental health professionals, students and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people construct the arena of mental health and negotiate their participation in it. He has contributed to two publications, including editing and contributing to a handbook for psychologists working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians in 2000, and authoring a book titled Identity in contemporary psychology: developments, dilemmas and directions in 2007. This book was also shortlisted for the Australian Institute of Australian and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) Stanner Award.

Darren’s particular interests lie in the mental health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth suicide, the role of psychology with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, ethics in psychological research and cultural ways.

Last updated: 28 June 2017
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