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Vale Dr Philip Deschamp

Vale Dr Philip Deschamp

12/07/2019

NDS is deeply saddened to hear that Dr Philip Deschamp passed away on Thursday, 11 July. He was 76 years old.

Phil was working as a teacher in New Guinea more than 50 years ago when he slipped off a jetty and injured his spine. After completing his rehabilitation at the Royal Perth Rehabilitation Hospital he returned to teaching, in his wheelchair, at the Education Department of Western Australia. He eventually rose to the position of Superintendent of Research.

After completing his PhD, Phil established an education research company and another company to provide schools with better student information. He has served as Chair of the Board of the Quadriplegic Centre and as President of the Paraplegic/Quadriplegic Association of Western Australia. He served on the Boards of the Authority for Intellectually Handicapped Persons, the WA Disability Services Commission and Royal Perth Hospital. He was also Chair of the Ministerial Advisory Council for Disability Services and the WA Disability Services Commission’s Standards Monitoring Committee.

Phil was a co-founder of one of the very first Commonwealth-funded organisations run by people with disability to arrange their own accommodation support services under the attendant care scheme. In 1996, Phil co-founded My Place, where his wisdom, insight and life experiences enabled the organisation to become a significant provider of individualised supports to people with disability who wish to live in their own homes.

On behalf of the WA disability sector, we extend our deepest sympathies to Phil’s family, friends and colleagues.

Contact information
Geoff Holden, Manager Sector Capability and Stewardship, 08 9208 9808,