Last updated on: 12/3/2007 | Author: ProCon.org

Philip Nitschke, PhD, MBBS Biography

Title:
Director and Founder of Exit International
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“My personal position is that if we believe that there is a right to life, then we must accept that people have a right to dispose of that life whenever they want… I do not believe that telling people they have a right to life while denying them the means, manner, or information necessary for them to give this life away has any ethical consistency.”

Interview with Kathryn Jean Lopez, “Euthanasia Sets Sail,” National Review Online, June 5, 2001

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with MDs, JDs, PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to end-of-life issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to end-of-life.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Director and Founder, Exit International
  • Northern Territory Finalist, Australian of the Year, 2005
  • Northern Territory Finalist, Australian of the Year,2004
  • New Zealand Humanist of the Year, 2001
  • Australian Humanitarian of the Year, 1997
  • NT Darwin Territorian of the Year, 1997
  • Recipient, Rainier Humanitarian Award, Washington, 1996
  • Former Northern Territory (NT) Parks and Wildlife Ranger
Education:
  • MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Science; equivalent to MD), Sydney University Medical School, 1988
  • PhD, Laser Physics, Flinders University
  • BSc, Physics, University of Adelaide
Other:
  • Assisted in the world’s first legal voluntary euthanasia death, that of Bob Dent, Sep., 1996
  • Assisted with the passage of Marshall Perron’s “Rights of the Terminally Ill” (ROTI) Act
Quoted in:
  1. Do Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide Violate the Hippocratic Oath?
  2. Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?