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Mr Darren Garvey

Darren Garvey

Darren Garvey was born and raised in Cairns, North Queensland and his heritage extends to and reflects the diversity of the Torres Strait. Darren has a degree in Psychology from James Cook University of North Queensland and postgraduate qualifications in Health Promotions and Tertiary Education from Curtin University of Technology. For the past 15 years he has worked at the Centre for Aboriginal Studies at Curtin, now lecturing in the Indigenous Australian Cultural Studies Program. He is presently pursuing his PhD on how mental health professionals, students and Indigenous people construct the arena of Indigenous mental health and negotiate their participation in it. In 2000 he helped edit and contribute to a handbook for psychologists working with Indigenous Australians, and recently published the book 'Indigenous identity in contemporary psychology: Dilemmas, developments, directions' (2007, Melbourne: Thomson) which was shortlisted for the AIATSIS Stanner Award. Darren is a devoted family man and the proud father of Oliver and Elliot.


Negotiating the 'contested arena' of Indigenous mental health: An investigation of the discursive strategies employed by clients and employees