In 2015 Ken again made history as the first Indigenous member of the Federal Executive after being sworn in as the Assistant Minister for Health. Ken is responsible for Aged Care service delivery and implementation, as well as for Dementia.
Before entering politics Ken worked in community roles in the fields of Health and Education including the District Director for the Swan Education District, Director of Aboriginal Health in New South Wales and Western Australia.
Not only has Ken had an extensive career in health and education, he has also made an enormous contribution to the wider community in training and mentoring young people. This was recognised in 1996 when Ken was awarded the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Later, in 2000, 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.’
Ken brings his knowledge in the areas of Health and Education to his role as Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care and Minister for Indigenous Health, as well as a lifetime of experiences in raising a family and being part of the local Perth community