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The Exit Internationalist

Exit International is a leading non-profit, voluntary assisted dying organisation

Exit International was founded in 1997 by Dr Philip Nitschke.

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 derived 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 & Snippets

Since the COVID-10 pandemic, Exit has taken its flagship Workshop program Online. Exit Workshops are reserved for Exit Members aged 50 years+, of sound mind (and/ or who are seriously ill). Snippet recordings are available on subscription.

Exit’s Online Workshops & Snippets are based on The Peaceful Pill eHandbook.

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. 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.

Political Advocacy

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 Publications

Exit publishes a weekly Exit Internationalist Newsletter with all the news & views of Exit’s activities & broader issues.

Exit’s 3x a year print newsletter is called Deliverance. Archive editions are on the Exit website.

The Peaceful Pill eHandbook series is published by Exit International in the US and the Netherlands.

Other Exit books include:

Killing Me Softly: Voluntary Euthanasia and the Road to the Peaceful Pill (Penguin)

Damned If I Do: Autobiography of Philip Nitschke (Melbourne University Press)

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Exit Conferences & Social Events

NuTech 2022 will take place in Toronto in November 2022. Exit hosted the conference fully online. The recording is available.

Do you need help?

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