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Ken Wyatt focused on health of young Indigenous children in new role

Indigenous health Federal government Ministerial portfolios Australia

The Prime Minister has retooled his frontbench following the resignation of Sussan Ley—Greg Hunt has been appointed Health Minister, while Arthur Sinodinos moves into Industry.

The reshuffle also means Australia will have its first ever federal Aboriginal minister—with West Australian MP Ken Wyatt given responsibility for Aged Care and Indigenous Health.

'I certainly want to focus on the 0-8 years of a young person's life', he says.

'Then we can break the cycles of not only poverty, but poor health, and in the long term see the outcomes of people living longer and eventually reaching parity with all Australians'.

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