West Australian MP Ken Wyatt has been promoted to the position of minister for aged care and Indigenous health, in an announcement made by the prime minister this morning.

“Just as Ken was the first Indigenous person to be elected to the House of Representatives, and the first to be appointed to the executive of the commonwealth government, he is now the first Indigenous person appointed to the commonwealth ministry,” Mr Turnbull told reporters in Sydney this morning.

Mr Wyatt said soon after the announcement, “words cannot describe the pride I feel for myself and my family”.

The full media release can be read on the SBS website here.