NACCHO Aboriginal Health News Alerts : @KenWyattMP humbled by the opportunity to be an Indigenous Health Minister @AIDAAustralia @TheAHCWA

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” The health outcomes of Indigenous Australians are of paramount importance to me. I am humbled by the opportunity to be the first Indigenous person to be appointed to the Commonwealth Ministry and to be the Minister responsible for such an important portfolio,”

Article 1 of 3 Below : Ken Wyatt pictured above with the other 3 Aboriginal politicians (right ) and Billy T Tompkins ( left ) doing the traditional welcome

Minister for Aged Care and Minister for Indigenous Health Ken Wyatt

We are very confident that Mr Wyatt, as an Aboriginal person with a long history working in health before entering politics, will have a better understanding of the issues affecting Aboriginal people’s health and wellbeing.
  
AHCWA and the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHSs) in WA very much look forward to working with Mr Wyatt to ensure ACCHSs continue to deliver culturally appropriate health services across WA.”

Article 2 below : AHCWA Chairperson Michelle Nelson-Cox

“We are excited to meet with Minister Wyatt to discuss equitable health and life outcomes for Indigenous Australians and the cultural wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

AIDA is passionate about improving the health outcomes for Indigenous Australians and we are confident that our goal of growing the number of Indigenous doctors to reach population parity will significantly assist in closing the health gap for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.”

Article 3 Australian Indigenous Doctor’s Association ( AIDA)  CEO Mr Craig Dukes

Article 1 full text Minister for Aged Care and Indigenous Health Appointment

Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care, Ken Wyatt AM, MP has welcomed today’s appointment of Greg Hunt as the new Minister for Health and his own appointment as the Minister for Aged Care and Minister for Indigenous Health.

“It is a great honour and privilege to have been asked by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to serve as Minister for Aged Care and Minister for Indigenous Health,” Mr Wyatt said.

“I am thrilled that the importance of Aged Care has been recognised by the Prime Minister having been elevated to its own Ministry and I am honoured to be serving as the Minister responsible for such an important portfolio.

“Aged Care is a partnership between the consumer, their carers, the providers, the policy makers, the government and the wider community and I look forward to be able to take on this new and crucial role in that partnership.

“Consultation with the sector has been a feature of aged care reform up until now and I will ensure consultation with the sector will continue to be a cornerstone for initiatives in this area.”

In addition to being appointed the Minister for Aged Care, Mr Wyatt will also assume the newly created role of Minister for Indigenous Health.

“The health outcomes of Indigenous Australians are of paramount importance to me. I am humbled by the opportunity to be the first Indigenous person to be appointed to the Commonwealth Ministry and to be the Minister responsible for such an important portfolio,” Mr Wyatt said.

Mr Wyatt paid tribute to the people of his electorate for their support.

“I want to sincerely thank the people of Hasluck for giving me this enormous opportunity, not just as their representative, but to also serve the nation in two crucial portfolios. I am incredibly grateful for their support and humbled by their trust in me as their local representative,” Mr Wyatt said.

“I look forward to working with both Minister Hunt and Assistant Minister Dr David Gillespie.”

Article 2 Full Text The Aboriginal Health Council of WA is hopeful the new Minister for Indigenous Health will make closing the gap a priority.

Ken Wyatt was the first Aboriginal Australian elected to the Lower House and has now made history by being the first Aboriginal person appointed to the Commonwealth ministry.

AHCWA Chairperson Michelle Nelson-Cox said the promotion of Mr Wyatt was a good sign that the government was prepared to take Aboriginal health seriously.

“Successive governments have made very slow progress in closing the gap, and the life expectancy for Aboriginal people is still 10 years lower than the general population,” she said.

“We are very confident that Mr Wyatt, as an Aboriginal person with a long history working in health before entering politics, will have a better understanding of the issues affecting Aboriginal people’s health and wellbeing.

“AHCWA and the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHSs) in WA very much look forward to working with Mr Wyatt to ensure ACCHSs continue to deliver culturally appropriate health services across WA.”

Ms Nelson-Cox said AHCWA would seek a meeting with Mr Wyatt to bring him up to date on the health needs of Aboriginal people in WA.

“We really hope that Mr Wyatt can make sure that the health of Aboriginal people is made a priority for the decision-makers in Canberra,” she said.

“We hope that this will be a new era of collaboration in the health sector and will result in better decisions and better outcomes for the health of Aboriginal people.”

Article 3 Australian Indigenous Doctor’s Association welcomes the appointment of the first Indigenous Minister

The Australian Indigenous Doctors Association (AIDA) is pleased to welcome the appointment of the Hon. Ken Wyatt AM, MP as the Minister for Aged Care and Minister for Indigenous Health.

We would like to recognise the significance of Minister Wyatt’s appointment as the first Indigenous person to be promoted to the ministry and the significance that the Parliament has appointed a Minister for Indigenous Health.

Minister Wyatt said “health outcomes of Indigenous Australians are of paramount importance to me. I am humbled by the opportunity to be the first Indigenous person to be appointed to the Commonwealth Ministry and to be the Minister responsible for such an important portfolio.”

We are excited by Minister Wyatt’s appointment because of his extensive experience as a senior public servant in Indigenous health and we are confident that Minister Wyatt will be able to affect real change in such an important area.”

 

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