On 23 July 2014, the Medical Board of Australia used its emergency powers to suspend the registration of Dr Phillip Nitschke, as an interim measure, pending the outcome of an inquiry into the suicide of his patient, Nigel Brayley.
Dr Nitschke is said to have provided support and advice to Mr Brayley, aged 45, who (while depressed) did not have a terminal illness. Critics of Dr Nitschke alleged that assisting suicide in persons with mental illness goes against the promotion of public safety and the duty of care a medical practitioner must adhere to.
Dr Nitschke indicated that he would appeal the Board’s decision on the basis that it lacks a legal basis.
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