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Catherine King has represented the federal seat of Ballarat since 2001.
She served as Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Ageing in the Gillard government and was elevated to Cabinet – in the role of Minister for Regional Services – by Kevin Rudd in 2013.
She was appointed Shadow Minister for Health and Medicare in October 2013 and has held the portfolio ever since – making her Australia’s longest-serving federal shadow health minister.
Ms King has a background in social work and health policy. She served in senior roles at the Commonwealth Department of Health and as a senior manager at KPMG’s Health Consulting Practice.
She holds a Degree in Social Work and a Masters in Public Policy from the Australian National University and has recently completed a law degree from Deakin University.
This is her first National Press Club address.