A former medical doctor, in 1996 Philip helped four of his terminally ill patients to die using Australia’s Rights of the Terminally Ill Act.
Philip is the co-author of:
- Killing Me Softly: Voluntary Euthanasia and the Road to the Peaceful Pill (with Fiona Stewart) (Penguin, 2005)
- The Peaceful Pill Handbook (with Fiona Stewart) (Exit International, 2006 – 2022)
- Damned If I Do – Autobiography (with Peter Corris) (Melbourne University Press, 2013)
The Deliverance Machine (used in the Northern Territory by his patients in 1996) is on display in the British Science Museum in London.
Philip holds a PhD in experimental physics from Flinders University. He is a graduate of Sydney University Medical School.