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Dr Ken Wyatt

Federal Minister for Aged Care & Minister for Indigenous Health; Federal Member for Hasluck
Shop 10-12, Forrestfield Forum, 80 Hale Road, PO Box 325
Forrestfield WA, 6058
Tel: (08) 9359 0322
Fax: (08) 9359 0197
 

Biography

The Hon Ken Wyatt is the Federal Minister for Aged Care and Minister for Indigenous Health. He was born at Roelands Mission Farm, a former home for young Aboriginal children removed from their families, located near Bunbury in Western Australia (WA). Ken’s heritage is Yamatji, with Irish ancestry on his father’s side, and Wongi and Noongar ancestry on his mother’s side.

From 2001-2003, Ken held the position of Pro Chancellor of Edith Cowan University in Western Australia, although he relinquished the role to take up his appointment as Director of Aboriginal Health in New South Wales. From 2010, Ken has held the role of Federal Member for Hasluck making history as the first Aboriginal member of the House of Representatives. In 2015, Ken became the first Aboriginal member of the Federal Executive after being sworn in as the Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care. He made history again in 2016, as the first Aboriginal Minister to service in a Federal Government after being appointed as the Minister for Aged Care and Minister for Indigenous Health.

Prior to commencing in his current role, Ken had a long career working in Health and Education in positions such as, Director for the Swan Education District and Director of Aboriginal Health in WA. From 1992-2002, he was Director of Aboriginal Education, with the WA Department of Education, where his work focussed on improving the educational outcomes for Aboriginal students. Ken then went on to become the Director of the Office of Aboriginal Health at the WA Department of Health. During this time, he also served as the Co-chair on the Council of Australian Government’s Indigenous Health Working Group. His long history working in the areas of Health and Education have aided his work in providing support for the community as the Federal Member for Hasluck, WA.

Ken is also an active member of the Health and Human Rights Committees and is the Chair of the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

In 2002, Ken was awarded a Centenary of Federation Medal for ‘his efforts and contribution to improving the quality of life for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and mainstream Australian society in education and health’. In 1996, as a result of his tireless work in health and education and contribution to the wider community in training and mentoring young people, Mr Wyatt was awarded the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

 
Last updated: 3 July 2017
 
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