Exit International is a leading end-of-life choices information & advocacy organisation
Exit International was founded in 1997 by Dr Philip Nitschke.
Exit has offices in Australia (head office), the US, the Netherlands and Ireland.
Exit is unique in the right to die movement in that the organisation sees a ‘good death’ as a fundamental human right, rather than a medical privilege reserved only for the terminally ill.
Exit is a non-profit public company with an online supporter base of over 30,000 around the world.
Exit is supported by a small staff & an active network of volunteers.
Exit’s income is achieved from memberships, bequests and other donations.
The average age of Exit members is 75 years. The vast majority of Exit members are the well elderly. A significant minority of members are seriously ill.
Exit was formerly known as the Voluntary Euthanasia Research Foundation (VERF).
At Exit, we believe that it is a fundamental human right for every adult of sound mind, to be able to plan for the end of their life in a way that is reliable, peaceful & at a time of their choosing – Dr Philip Nitschke
Exit Public Meetings
Exit Public Meetings are free and open to all. Public meetings focus on the political history of the Voluntary Euthanasia/ Assisted / Rational Suicide debate and a person’s right to choose.
Exit Online Workshops
Since the COVID-10 pandemic, Exit has taken its flagship Workshop program Online. Exit Workshops are reserved for those aged 50 years+, of sound mind (and/ or who are seriously ill).
Exit’s Online Workshops are based on The Peaceful Pill eHandbook and examine the practical aspects of end-of-life choices, allowing for extensive audience Q&A.
Prior to COVID-10, Exit held public meeting Livestreams three times a year from Amsterdam.
Exit’s Local Chapters operate at the grass-roots level where they provide a regular meeting point for members to come together and discuss their thoughts and ideas, make new friends and stay on top of the latest information. During COVID-19, chapter meetings are being held on Zoom.
Exit Coffee & Chats
A subset of Chapter activities, Exit coffee and chat groups are small local groups of Exit members who meet privately in members’ homes for friendship, support and information. During COVID-19, coffe & chat groups are meeting on Zoom.
Peaceful Pill Online Forums
Exit’s Peaceful Pill forums are an online community of Exit Members/ Subscribers of The Peaceful Pill eHandbook. from all over the world.
Research & Development
Exit undertakes an active program of R&D across a range of end of life issues. The results are published in The Peaceful Pill eHandbook.
The current chief R&D Project involves the 3D printed Sarco Euthanasia Capsule which is currently on display at the Cube Design Museum in Kerkrade in the Netherlands.
Since Philip Nitschke founded Exit in 1997, he has fought tirelessly for voluntary euthanasia law reform. When he lived in Australia, he stood twice as an Independent candidate for the Melbourne seat of Menzies. In 2013, he ran on the Voluntary Euthanasia Party Senate ticket in the ACT and West Australia and is a past Deputy National Convenor of the Voluntary Euthanasia Party of Australia.
Exit’s newsletter is called Deliverance. The newsletter is published quarterly highlighting all Exit news.
The Peaceful Pill eHandbook series is published by Exit International in the US and the Netherlands.
Other Exit books include:
Damned If I Do: Autobiography of Philip Nitschke (Melbourne University PRress)
Exit Internationalist Email List
The Exit Internationalist is a regular free Exit News email service.
Exit Conferences & Social Events
Exit is currently preparing to host a multi-lingual conference in Brussels in 2020.
If you feel that you are in need of emotional/ psychological help, please use the phone numbers listed below:
Australia Lifeline: 13 11 14
NZ Suicide Prevention: 0508 828 865
USA: National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1 800 273 8255
Canada Crisis Services: 1 833 456 4566
UK Samaritans: 116 123
NOSP Ireland: 016352139