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History of disability services

This is a timeline of disability services in Western Australia dating back to the early 1900s. This collection of information, photographs and illustrations highlights some of the changes in disability services over the years and the challenges ahead.

Claremont Hospital for the Insane had a 'quiet and chronic block'


  •  Early 1900s – Hospitals for the insane
  • 1940s-1950s – Birth of the associations
  • 1950s-1960s – New direction for policy
  • 1970s – Training model
  • 1981 – International Year of Disabled Persons
  • 1985 – Review and consultation
  • 1986-1991 – Federal and state funding reform
  • 1986-1991 – Western Australian reform
  • 2012 - The introduction of My Way

For more historical accounts on disability services, see Oral histories.