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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.

Exit is unique in the right to die movement globally in that Exit represents a  human rights (non-medical) approach to a person’s right to determine the time and manner of their death.

Dying is not a medical process.  As such, you don’t necessarily need the white coat by the bed.

Exit’s aim is to ensure that all rational adults have access to the best available information so that they may make informed decisions over when and how they die.

Exit is a non-profit Australian public company with an online membership of around 30,000 supporters 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.


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

Exit Workshops (for those aged 50 years+, of sound mind and/ or who are seriously ill)  are based on The Peaceful Pill eHandbook and discuss the more practical aspects of end-of-life choices and include extensive audience Q&A.

Exit Livestreams

Exit Livestreams are held three  times a year  from Amsterdam.  These fully-online, 2-hour workshop sessions are based on The Peaceful Pill eHandbook Each livestream takes a topic from the Peaceful Pill eHandbook.  Livestreams are interactive with a chat box provided for real time questions. See Livestreams for more information.

Local Chapters

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.

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.

Peaceful Pill Online Forums

Exit’s Peaceful Pill forums are an online community of over 6,000 members all over the world. 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.

The current chief R&D Project involves the 3D printed Sarco Euthanasia Capsule which is currently on display at Venice Design 2019.

Political Advocacy

Exit members work 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. In 2013, he ran on the Voluntary Euthanasia Party Senate ticket in the ACT and West Australia.

Philip Nitschke is a 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 in the US and the Netherlands.

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.

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