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The Exit Internationalist

About Exit

Exit International was founded in Australia 1997 by Dr Philip Nitschke under the name the Voluntary Euthanasia Research Foundation (VERF). The group rebranded in 2001 to be Exit International.

Exit has an online supporter base of over 30,000 in countries including the Netherlands, Australia, Switzerland, UK, Ireland, US, Canada, NZ and many more.

Supported by a small staff & an active network of volunteers, Exit’s income is derived from memberships, bequests & other donations.

Exit is a public limited company which is non-profit.

In Nth America, Exit’s 501(c)3 is Exit Generation. Donations to Exit Generation are tax deductible to the full extent of the law (US).


Membership Profile

  • 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.


‘At Exit, we believe that it is the fundamental human right of 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


About Exit

Exit founder, Dr Philip Nitschke


Do you need help?

If you feel that you are in need of emotional/ psychological help, please use the phone numbers listed below:

Netherlands: 0800 0113

UK Samaritans: 116 123

USA: National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1 800 273 8255

Australia Lifeline: 13 11 14

NZ Suicide Prevention: 0508 828 865

Canada Crisis Services: 1 833 456  4566

NOSP Ireland: 016352139