Enabling Indigenous Australians to flourish and thrive

"A new generation of Indigenous people are turning dreams into reality: Education; economic participation, self- esteem and success are part of this new Indigenous world, and there is no going back" (Marcia Langton (2013). Boyer lectures 2012: The quiet revolution: Indigenous people and the resources boom. Sydney: HarperCollins).

Indigenous Game Changers (IGC) answers these needs and brings together a partnership of leading Australian and international Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers, next generation researchers, government, industry partners, and communities with a shared commitment to addressing Indigenous disadvantage as a critical issue of our time. IGC's purpose is to enable Indigenous children, youth, and communities to not just succeed but thrive with a focus on educational, physical, psychological, and family and community thriving. IGC employs:

  • a positive psychology strengths-based approach founded upon identifying, building upon, and augmenting Indigenous success;
  • excellence in research to integrate and leverage in new ways, Indigenous ways of knowing, doing, and being with advances in international research that are based on western scientific approaches that have benefitted disadvantaged populations globally; and
  • prioritising the voices and agency of Indigenous children, youth, and communities and undertaking research in genuine partnership.

The program explores how to identify and replicate Indigenous Australians’ well-being to enable them to attain positive educational and life outcomes.

Program Leader

  • Professor Alexander (Alex) Yeung  

Research Team

  • Dr Anthony Dillon - Postdoctoral Research Fellow
  • Dr Georgia Durmush - Research Fellow
  • Emily Jeffrey - Research Project Officer
  • Tara Fawns - Research Project Officer

Research Program Manager

  • Clare Clendinning (acting) 

Research Program Coordinator 

  • Hasret Mehmedali

Our research streams

Indigenous Game Changers

IGC's purpose is to enable Indigenous children, youth and communities to, not just succeed, but thrive.

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Educational & Developmental Psychology

This research steam explores the factors that allow humans to flourish and to contribute to their community and society.

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Motivation & Behaviour

This program focuses focused on understanding human motivation and behaviour for the promotion of human wellness.

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North Sydney NSW 2060

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North Sydney NSW 2059