Roger Hugh Cook -MLA -  Member Name

    Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia

                 Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia

                      Member Name: Roger Hugh Cook


Birth Date: 20 August 1965

Birth Place: Cottesloe, Western Australia

Parents: Son of Dr Hugh David Cook, child psychiatrist, and Lynette Ada Owen, early childhood educator.

 WA's new Health Minister Roger Cook and his father Dr Hugh Cook.

Marriage and Family:
Married 1 October 2010, Burleigh Heads, Queensland to Carly Lane. Children: one son and one daughter.

Education: Educated Claremont Demonstration School and Scotch College
Murdoch University—BA (Public Admin)

Curtin University—Grad Dip Bus (PR)

Occupation: Manager

Employment History: Employed in a number of ALP MPs' offices: Stephen Smith MHR, James McGinty MLA and Senator Chris Evans
Policy Coordinator, WA Aboriginal Native Title Working Group from 2001
CEO Yamatji Marlpa Bana Baba Maaja Aboriginal Corporation 2001–2003
Manager Government Relations and Communication, SW Aboriginal Land and Sea Council 2004
State Manager CPR Communication and Public Relations 2004–2008

House in the Western Australian Parliament: MLA

Political Party: Labor
State President Australian Labor Party (WA) 1999–2000

Political Party Source: Labor
State President Australian Labor Party (WA) 1999–2000.

Date Elected: 6 September 2008

Inaugural Speech:

Valedictory Speech:

Electorate: Kwinana

Parliamentary Service Electorates:

MLA Kwinana from 6 September 2008. Elected to the Thirty-Eighth Parliament for Kwinana (new seat) on 6 September 2008. Re-elected 2013 and 2017.


Deputy Premier; Minister for Health; Mental Health from 17 March 2017

 Deputy Leader of the Opposition Shadow Minister for Health, Mental Health Indigenous Affairs from 26 September 2008 to 27 January 2012

 Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Shadow Minister for Health from 27 January 2012 to 9 April 2013

 Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Shadow Minister for Health, Science from 9 April 2013 to 26 June 2015

Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Shadow Minister for Health from 26 June 2015 to 11 March 2017

Background/Membership: Member Public Relations Institute of Australia
Member United Voice (previously Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Workers Union)
National President Australians for Native and Reconciliation until 2008
Member WA Under 18 Rugby Union touring team, United Kingdom 1982–1983
Active in triathlons

References: D Black and G Bolton, eds. Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia, Vol. 2, 1930-2010, Western Australian Parliamentary History Project, Perth 2010 , p. 49.
Parliament of Western Australia website. Current Members. Accessed 20 May 2015.

Lead fix at children’s hospital priority for Cook

Sunday, 19 March 2017

    Roger Hugh  Cook said it was important to finalise the Perth Children’s Hospital project so the system could move forward.

Health Minister Roger Cook is determined to end the lead-in-the-water contamination scandal at the new children’s hospital but does not believe filters will pass the pub test.

In his first interview since taking on the health and mental health portfolios, he said it was important to finalise the Perth Children’s Hospital project so the system could move forward.

While in Opposition he and Treasurer Ben Wyatt had not been privy to the machinations of the project but he said they would now seek answers rather than excuses.

“We need to know where the lead is coming from and why the levels are reducing, because if it is just because they’re filtering the water that won’t pass the vote of confidence from the public,” Mr Cook said.

“You want them to resolve the issue, just not find a way around it, and that is one of the first briefings I want.”

    WA's new Health Minister Roger Cook and his father Dr Hugh Cook.

The 51-year-old has been a health minister in the making for eight years, serving in the shadow role since elected as Member for Kwinana.

The youngest of six children, Mr Cook went to Scotch College before completing a public administration degree at Murdoch University.

Married to indigenous arts curator Carly Lane, he has two children, Tobias, 22, and Isabelle, 18.

He said he felt comfortable handling the public health sector and its 40,000 employees.

His 86-year-old father Hugh Cook is a child psychiatrist who still sits on WA’s Mental Health Tribunal, while his grandfather Leigh Cook was a Claremont GP and head of the group which later morphed into the Australian Medical Association.

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A priority will be reining in the elective surgery waiting list, which hovers around 20,000 patients.

Mr Cook said his approach would be “McGinty-esque” — referring to the last Labor health minister Jim McGinty — by demanding fortnightly reports from hospitals. AMA WA president Andrew Miller welcomed Mr Cook having the health and mental health portfolios.

“Having mental health under a separate but junior minister was a failed experiment and instead of giving it a special status it was relegated to second-class citizen,” Dr Miller said.

Dr Hugh David Cook

Claremont, state Western Australia


Contact details for Dr Hugh David Cook




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Medical center address


Dr David Cook

The Academic Details listed below present information collected by the University up to the end of 2013 and thus may not represent the full academic record.

Phone: 64887290



Voss, S.C., Cook, D.F., Hung, W., Dadour, I.R. 2014, 'Survival and development of the forensically important blow fly, Calliphora varifrons (Diptera: Calliphoridae) at constant temperatures', Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology, 10, 3, pp. 314-321.

Cook, D.F., Voss, S.C., Dadour, I.R. 2012, 'The laying of live larvae by the blowfly Calliphora varifrons (Diptera: Calliphoridae)',Forensic Science International, 23 July 2012, pp. 3pp.

Cook, D.F., Dadour, I.R. 2011, 'Larviposition in the ovoviviparous blowfly Calliphora dubia', MEDICAL AND VETERINARY ENTOMOLOGY, 25, pp. 53-57.

Voss, S.C., Cook, D.F., Dadour, I.R. 2011, 'Decomposition and insect succession of clothed and unclothed carcasses in Western Australia', FORENSIC SCIENCE INTERNATIONAL, 211, pp. 67-75.

Cook, D.F., Dadour, I.R., Voss, S.C. 2011, 'Management of stable fly and other nuisance flies breeding in rotting vegetable matter associated with horticultural crop production', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PEST MANAGEMENT, 57, 4, pp. 315-320.


Dr Sasha Jenkins, Dr David Cook, Emeritus Professor Lynette Abbott, Mr Ian Waite 2015, 'Reducting stable fly emergence in soils amended with litter ', Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation. 

Dr David Cook 2013, 'Managing Biting Fly in Vegetable Crop Residues',
 WA Department of Agriculture & Food ex Horticulture Australia Ltd. 

Professor Philip Vercoe, Dr Johan Greeff, Dr David Cook, Dr Gavin Flematti 2012, 'Genetics of Breeding for Breech Flystrike Resistance',Australian Wool Innovation Limited.

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2016 Masters. Mr McIntosh. Supervised by: Dr Voss, Dr Cook, A/Prof Franklin

 Roger Hugh Cook

Roger Hugh Cook (born 20 August 1965) is an Australian politician who has been a member of the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia since 2008, representing the seat of Kwinana. He was elected deputy leader of the Labor Party ten days after first being elected to parliament, and continues to hold the position. Before entering politics, Cook worked as a public relations consultant. He had earlier been involved in student politics, serving as the first president of the National Union of Students

Early Life

Cook was born in Perth, and attended Scotch College. He went on to Murdoch University, completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in public administration, and later completed a graduate business diploma (specialising in public relations) at Curtin University. Whilst at Murdoch, Cook became involved in student politics, serving as a student representative on the university's senate. He was also involved in the establishment of the National Union of Students in mid-1986, becoming its first national president as a representative of the National Organisation of Labor Students.

After graduating, Cook worked in the offices of a number of Labor MPs, including Stephen Smith, Jim McGinty, and Chris Evans, He served as state president of the Labor Party from 1999 to 2000. Cook later became involved with indigenous advocacy groups, serving at various times as a policy coordinator for the Western Australian Aboriginal Native Title Working Group, as CEO of the Yamatji Marlpa Barna Baba Maaja Aboriginal Corporation, and as government relations manager for the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council. From 2004 to 2008, he was state manager of CPR, a public relations firm which is closely associated with the Labor Party.



At the 2008 state election, Cook won the seat of Kwinana in a tightly fought contest, winning by 300 votes from independent candidate Carol Adams, the mayor of the Town of Kwinana.  Adams had unsuccessfully attempted to gain Labor pre-selection, and later accused Alan Carpenter of "parachuting" Cook into the sea.  On 16 September, ten days after the election, Cook was elected to the position of deputy leader of the Labor Party under Eric Ripper.  He is a member of the Labor Left faction, backed by the United Voice trade union (previously known as the Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Union.  After Ripper was replaced by Mark McGowan as leader of the opposition in January 2012, Cook maintained his position as deputy leader.  He was re-elected at the 2013 state election, with an increased majority.  


Cook has held the following portfolios since his election in 2008:[2]

26 September 2008 – 27 January 2012: Deputy Leader of the Opposition; Shadow Minister for Health; Shadow Minister for Mental Health; Shadow Minister for Indigenous Affairs

27 January 2012 – 9 April 2013: Deputy Leader of the Opposition; Shadow Minister for Health

9 April 2013 – 26 June 2015: Deputy Leader of the Opposition; Shadow Minister for Health; Shadow Minister for Science

26 June 2015 – 17 March 2017: Deputy Leader of the Opposition; Shadow Minister for Health

17 March 2017 - present: Minister for Health and Minister for Mental Health[9]


  1.  Roger Hugh Cook, Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  2.  Mr Roger Hugh Cook MLA BA, GradDipBus (PR) – Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
  3. Senate minutes 22 June 1987 – Murdoch University. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
  4.  About Roger – Roger Cook official website. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
  5. Murray, Paul (11 September 2008). "Labor's plight a child of several dead-beat dads". Archived from the original on 12 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-14.
  6. van Schoubroeck, Lesley (2010). The Lure of Politics: Geoff Gallop's Government, 2001–2006. Crawley, Western Australia: UWA Publishing. p. 251.ISBN 978-1-74258-069-2.
  7. "Ripper elected WA Labor Leader". ABC News. 16 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-16.
  8.  Trenwith, Courtney (23 January 2012). "McGowan officially elected Labor leader". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 23 January 2012.
  9.  ABC WA election: McGowan unveils Labor 'cabinet for the times' with Cook as deputy, Wyatt named treasurer 16 March 2017
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