Annual Frank Archibald Memorial Lecture

Published 23 November 2015

On 7 December 2015 Professor Rhonda Marriott will present the Annual Frank Archibald Memorial Lecture at the University of New England in association with Oorala Aboriginal Centre.

Born in Derby, Western Australia, Prof Marriott is a descendant of the Kimberley Nyikina Aboriginal people, and is Professor, Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing in the School of Psychology and Exercise Science at Murdoch University in Western Australia.

She is a senior researcher with expertise in Aboriginal material and child health and has been a registered nurse and midwife for more than 40 years. In 2003 Prof Marriott was invited to become the inaugural Head of the School of Nursing at Murdoch University, becoming the first Indigenous Head of a University School of Nursing in Australia.

Rhonda Marriott (cropped)

Professor Rhonda Marriott

Prof Marriott is passionate about improving social and emotional wellbeing outcomes of Aboriginal people and was honoured by her peers in 2014 with a Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives Life-time Achievement Award.

In her presentation, entitled Valuing Ngaarda Ways in Research, Prof Marriott will share her experience in partnering with Ngaarda people of the Pilbara for research purposes.

The Frank Archibald Memorial Lecture is an annual event held in honour of Mr Frank Archibald, a revered Aboriginal community member of the Armidale area. Mr Archibald was renowned for his knowledge and interest in all issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, particularly education.

Established in 1986, the lecture is presented by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander speakers who are leading professionals in their fields and UNE will commemorate the lecture’s 30th anniversary in 2016.

Over recent years, speakers have included Romlie Mokak, Professor Karen Martin, Dr Pat O’Shane, Mick Dodson, Noel Pearson, the late Charles Perkins, Senator Aden Ridgeway, and Lynette Riley – founding Director of UNE’s Oorala Aboriginal Centre.

This year’s Archibald Lecture details are available on the UNE’s Event Calendar.

For more information about the lecture contact Francesca Stahlut on 6773 5049 or on

The lecture will also be streamed to the Future Campus at Parramatta. Contact for more information.