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Dr Darren Garvey

Senior Lecturer

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 5219, Email:, Campus: Mount Lawley, Room: ML15109
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5219
Campus: Mount Lawley  
Room: ML15109  


Darren was born and raised in Cairns, North Queensland, and his heritage extends north to the Torres Strait region of Australia. He has a background in community mental health, and extensive teaching and curriculum design experience, informed by over two decades working for the Centre for Aboriginal Studies at Curtin University.

Darren has spoken domestically and internationally on a range of topics including ‘the need to consider the mental health of Indigenous health workers’, ‘the role of psychology with Indigenous Australians’, ‘ethics in psychological research’ and ‘Indigenous research methodologies’. He has written and contributed to many articles, chapters and books on these and other issues.

His research areas include Indigenous mental health and psychology, service recipient and service provider experience in mental health systems, and scholarship of teaching and learning – particularly that relating to student and teacher experience of Indigenous studies. He is interested in qualitative research around how people account for their movements within, towards and away from social settings.


  • Doctor of Philososphy, Curtin University of Technology, 2016.
  • Master of Health Promotion, Curtin University of Technology, 2015.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Lipscombe, T., Dzidic, P., Garvey, D., (2020), Coloniser control and the art of disremembering a “dark history”: Duality in Australia Day and Australian history. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 30(3), 322-335, DOI: 10.1002/casp.2444.
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