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 Thriving 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. Indigenous Thriving’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. Indigenous Thriving 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 Janet Mooney

MA, GradDipEd, BEd, PhD

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Research Program Manager

Alicia Franklin

   Dr Alicia Egan

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Research Team:

Anthony Dillon

   Dr Anthony Dillon

   Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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Our research streams

Indigenous Thriving

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

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Positive 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 and Behaviour

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

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