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AUSTRALIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (WA)
The Medical Board of Australia has made the right decision by suspending the registration of Philip Nitschke as a doctor, the AMA (WA) said today.
“The medical profession is relieved to be rid of Dr Nitschke and wish to assure the community that we will always help those with treatable illnesses to recover and live,” AMA (WA) Vice President Dr Andrew Miller said.
“The Board has found that Nitschke presents a serious risk to public health and safety, and we believe that the decision to suspend him is an appropriate one.
“The actions of Nitschke have caused considerable concern and anguish amongst WA medical practitioners, who believe that Nitschke should have used his position as a medical professional to provide Mr Brayler with the necessary support.
“Nitschke has failed in his duty as doctor. Mr Brayler should have been referred for mental health assessment and support as soon as Nitschke was in contact with him.
“To provide anyone, let alone a young apparently healthy person, with ideas about how to take their own life while they seem to suffer only from depression or anxiety is despicable.
“Our profession is relieved to be rid of him and wish to assure the community that we will always help those with treatable illnesses to recover and live.” Dr Miller said.
A video of Dr Miller’s comments on the matter to the media is available here.