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Curtin academic short-listed for national book award

Media release

C307/08

18 November 2008

Darren Garvey, a lecturer at Curtin University of Technology’s Centre for Aboriginal Studies, has been short-listed for the 2008 Stanner Award.

His book, Indigenous Identity in Contemporary Psychology – Dilemmas, Developments, Directions, is only one of three short-listed for the award which is presented by the Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS).

It focuses on the development of Indigenous psychology in Australia and describes what contemporary psychology and psychologists might do to improve service delivery.

Mr Garvey, one of Australia’s first Indigenous male psychologists, said he was excited and humbled about being short-listed for this year’s award.

“I am honoured to be nominated for the award, especially because of the quality of the work that has previously won,” he said.

“I couldn’t quite believe it at first, but it is fantastic that my book is held in such high esteem.”

Mr Garvey said he hoped to use royalties from book sales and the prize money, if he received it, to set up two awards for academically talented Indigenous students, one through CAS and the other through the Australian Psychological Society.

Mr Garvey has a Bachelor Degree in Psychology from James Cook University and Master in Health Promotion from Curtin. He currently lectures in the Indigenous Australian Cultural Studies Program at CAS.

The Stanner Award is for the best published contribution to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander studies that year.  Contributions are assessed on a number of criteria including the importance of the work to advancing awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander studies and the ability to promote a greater awareness of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander culture and identities.

Note to COS/Editor: A photo of Mr Garvey is available on request.

Modified: 19 November 2008