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Dr Ken Wyatt

Federal Member for Hasluck
Shop 10-12, Forrestfield Forum, 80 Hale Road
Forrestfield WA, 6058
Tel: (08) 9359 0322
Fax: (08) 9359 0197
 

Biography

Dr Ken Wyatt was born at Roelands Mission farm, near Bunbury south of Perth in Western Australia, a former home for young indigenous children removed from their families. Wyatt's father's heritage included Yamatji, Wangai and Nyoongar and some Irish ancestry. His mother's family heritage included Wongi and Nyoongar ancestry.

Ken believes that education and access to the knowledge society involves life-long learning and is the key to the change and making informed decisions of choice. He was Director of Aboriginal Education with the WA Department of Education from 1992 until June 2002 where the focus of his work was on improving educational outcomes for Aboriginal students. Ken then served as Director for Aboriginal Health with the NSW Department of Health until 2007 and Co-chaired the Council of Australian Government's Indigenous Health Working Group whilst serving as Director, Office of Aboriginal Health in the Department of Health, Western Australia.

He also held the position of Pro Chancellor of Edith Cowan University Western Australia for a period from 2001-2003 when he relinquished the role to take up his appointment as Director Aboriginal Health in New South Wales. His leadership at the national level and within New South Wales was widely acknowledged and appreciated by many.

At the 2010 federal election Ken was elected as the Liberal Party Member for Hasluck in Western Australia.

In 1996 he was honoured to receive an Order of Australia in the Queen's Birthday Honours List and in 2000 The Centenary of Federation Medal for his efforts and contribution towards improving the quality of life, firstly for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and to mainstream Australia society in education and health.

Ken has been actively involved with numerous committees associated with Aboriginal Affairs, Education, Health and the Aboriginal Lands Trust at the community, State and National levels and with ATSIC as a Regional Chair. He became a member of the Australian House of Representatives in September 2010, the first Aboriginal person to be elected to the Lower House.

Ken is passionate and strongly committed to working towards achieving better outcomes and opportunities for Indigenous Australians and Australian society marked by justice, legitimacy and integrity and he has done much to anchor a commitment among many to supporting these essential virtues.

 
Last updated: 3 December 2012
 
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