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The Exit Internationalist

Exit International is a leading end-of-life choices information & advocacy organisation

Exit International was founded in 1997 by Dr Philip Nitschke after the over-turning of the world’s first Voluntary Euthanasia law – the Rights of the Terminally Ill (ROTI) Act.

Exit sets itself apart from other aid-in-dying organisations in that we take a civil rights (read non-medical) approach to a person’s right to determine the time and manner of their passing.

Dying is not always a medical process.  As such, the dying process does not always need to involve the medical profession.  This decision is best left to the individual concerned. Exit’s aim is to ensure the individual is fully supported by family and friends and has access to the best available information.

From an organisational perspective, Exit is a non-profit Australian public company with an online membership of 20,000 supporters around the world.

Exit is supported by a small staff & an active network of volunteers worldwide.

The average age of Exit members is 75 years. The vast majority of Exit members are the well elderly. A significant minority 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.


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 Workshops for those aged 50+ or whom are seriously ill

Exit Workshops are based on The Peaceful Pill eHandbook and discuss the more practical aspects of end-of-life choices and include extensive audience Q&A.

Local Chapters

Exit’s Local Chapters provide a regular contact meeting point for members to come together and discuss their thoughts and ideas, make new friends and stay on top of the latest information.

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.

Exit Private Visits

Exit private visits are a one-on-one home visit with Exit members who are too ill to attend any other Exit meeting. These visits are not medical in nature. Drugs are not prescribed.

Peaceful Pill Forums

Exit’s Peaceful Pill forums are an online community of over 6,000 members. The forums are exclusive (on approval) to Exit members and subscribers to The Peaceful Pill eHandbook

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.

Political Advocacy

Exit works with key influential politicians and parties to affect legislative change. Since Philip Nitschke founded Exit in 1997, he has fought tirelessly for voluntary euthanasia law reform. He has stood in Australian elections twice as an Independent candidate for the Melbourne seat of Menzies. More recently, he ran on the Voluntary Euthanasia Party Senate ticket in the ACT and WA in the 2013 Federal election.

Philip Nitschke is the immediate past Deputy National Convenor of the Voluntary Euthanasia Party of Australia

Exit Publications

Exit’s newsletter is called Deliverance (or eDeliverance if online). The newsletter is published quarterly highlighting all Exit news.

The Peaceful Pill eHandbook series is published by Exit International USA.

Exit USA was founded in 2006 in Bellingham USA. The  Peaceful Pill Handbook was first published the same year.

The Exit Internationalist Email List

The Exit Internationalist is a regular free Exit News email service.

Exit Conferences & Social Events

Exit held a landmark 20th Anniversary Conference on Rational Suicide in Melbourne on 22 – 23 September 2016. This conference marked the 20th anniversary of the Rights of the Terminally Ill Act of the Northern Territory.