Darren Garvey - Non-practicing

Darren Garvey

Qualifications

Darren has a degree in Psychology from James Cook University and a Masters in Health Promotion from Curtin University of Technology.  He has also competed a Certificate in Education (Tertiary and Further).

Professional Experience

Darren is a lecturer within the Indigenous Australian Cultural Studies program at the Centre for Aboriginal Studies. His current teaching and research concern how best to provide Indigenous studies courses to diverse audiences.

Darren has worked as a counselor and program officer for an alcohol and drug program with Queensland Health and as a psychologist for Community Mental Health Services in Cairns. More recently, he has worked as a lecturer in the Aboriginal Health Unit at the Centre for Aboriginal Studies (CAS) where he co-ordinated the Mental Health and Counselling specialisation.

He currently works as a lecturer in the Indigenous Australian Cultural Studies Program at the CAS. Darren has been a guest lecturer for other departments within and external to the University, but primarily with the Department of Psychology in their Cross Cultural and Indigenous Issues Unit of the undergraduate degree, and the Socially Relevant Contexts Unit of the Masters in Counselling.

In 2000, Darren helped edit and contribute to a handbook for psychologists working with Indigenous Australians. He has also done some work for the Australian Indigenous Health InfoNet at Edith Cowan University and Indigenous Psychological Services (a private company owned by Dr. Tracy Westerman). In 2007 he authored a book titled Indigenous identity in contemporary psychology: Developments, dilemmas and directions.

Areas of Interest / Expertise

Darren has spoken (domestically and internationally) and written about ‘the need to consider the mental health of Indigenous health workers’, ‘Indigenous youth suicide’, ‘the role of psychology with Indigenous Australians’, ‘ethics in psychological research’, and ‘meanings of cultural appropriateness.

Recent Publications

Text Books

Garvey, D., (2007) Indigenous Identity in Contemporary Psychology: Dilemmas, Development and Directions. Melbourne:  Thomson Learning

Dudgeon, P., Garvey, D and Pickett, H. (2000). Working With Indigenous Australians: A Handbook for Psychologists, Perth: Gunada Press.

Chapters

Dudgeon, P., Wright, M., Paradies, Y., Garvey, D. & Walker, I. (In press) ‘The Social, Cultural and Historical context of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians’.  Chapter 3 in Working Together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Wellbeing Principles and Practice. Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, Department of Ageing: Canberra.

Garvey, D. (2008) A review of the social and emotional wellbeing of Indigenous Australian peoples - considerations, challenges and opportunities.
http://healthbulletin.org.au/articles/a-review-of-the-social-and-emotional-wellbeing-of-indigenous-australian-peoples-%E2%80%93-considerations-challenges-and-opportunities/

 Dudgeon, P., Garvey, D. and Pickett, H. (2000) A cultural history, in Dudgeon, P., Garvey, D. and Pickett, H. (Eds) Working with Indigenous Australians: A handbook for psychologists.  Gunada Press, Curtin Indigenous Research Centre: Perth, WA. p. 27-30.

Garvey, D., P. Dudgeon, and J. Kearins (2000) Australian psychology has a black history, in Dudgeon, P., Garvey, D. and Pickett, H. (Eds) Working with Indigenous Australians: A handbook for psychologists.  Gunada Press, Curtin Indigenous Research Centre: Perth, WA. p. 231-247.

Garvey, D. (2000). A Response to the Australian Psychological Society Discussion Paper on Suicide. Australian Psychologist, 35(1), 32-35.

Current Research Activities

Darren is currently undertaking a PhD.