Fiona Stewart (author)

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Fiona Stewart
Dr Fiona Stewart
Dr Fiona Stewart
Born (1966-05-15) 15 May 1966 (age 58)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
OccupationAuthor and euthanasia campaigner
EducationMonash University (B.A.)
La Trobe University (M.A., Ph.D.)
SubjectGeneration X, Feminism, Euthanasia
SpousePhilip Nitschke
Exit International

Fiona Stewart (born 15 May 1966) is an Australian lawyer, sociologist, author and former executive director of the pro-euthanasia group Exit International (2004-7). She is author of Killing Me Softly: Voluntary Euthanasia and the road to the Peaceful Pill and co-author of The Peaceful Pill Handbook (eHandbook version). Stewart authored the Peaceful Pill Handbook series.

Early life and career[edit]

Fiona Stewart was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1966. She was educated at Lauriston Girls' School.[1] She received her BA from Monash University in 1987 followed by a Graduate Diploma in Public Policy (Melbourne University) in 1992, Master of Policy and Law (La Trobe University) in 1994 and her Ph.D. in health sciences from Latrobe in 1998. She graduated from Charles Darwin University Law School in 2015. From 1997 to 1999 Stewart held a postdoctoral fellowship at Deakin University for the study of ‘Womens Lives: Choice, Change and Identity’.[2] When her contract was not renewed, she turned to writing opinion columns for the media on Generation X and feminism.[3]

Prior to working with Nitschke on The Peaceful Pill eHandbook and in Exit International,[4] Stewart worked as an opinion writer for The Age, The Australian and other Australian papers and media outlets,[5][6] and as an online learning consultant with Professor Dale Spender.[7][8]

In 2001, Stewart founded the consumer complaints website,[9][10] where she was active in promoting the consumer standpoint and criticising big businesses such as Telstra, the national carrier.[11]

She has participated widely in Australian public debate on varied current affairs issues.[3][12]


Fiona met euthanasia activist Philip Nitschke at the Brisbane Festival of Ideas in 2001 during the Late Night Live debate ‘There’s no such thing as a new idea’.[13] The couple married in Las Vegas in 2009.

In the 2014 Victorian election she stood for the Upper House for the Voluntary Euthanasia Party.[14]


Stewart is the author of three books:

  • Internet Communication and Qualitative Research; Sage, 2000 (With Dr Chris Mann)[15]
  • Killing Me Softly: Voluntary Euthanasia and the road to the Peaceful Pill; Penguin, 2005
  • The Peaceful Pill Handbook series

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Lathams Alumni Hit List". 29 March 2005. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  2. ^ "Simone De Beauvoir and Generations of Feminists". Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Generation Xcluded". 21 December 2003. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  4. ^ "Philip Nitschke's wife, Fiona Stewart, on being the 'woman behind the man'". Archived from the original on 5 October 2015. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  5. ^ "Swimming Upstream – Moira Rayner and Fiona Stewart talking feminism" (PDF). Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  6. ^ "Fiona Stewart". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  7. ^ Stewart, Fiona; Dale (15 March 2002). "Fiona Stewart and Dale Spender". Online Opinion. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  8. ^ "e-Learning: The new challenge in education". Commonwealth Bank of Australia. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  9. ^ "Dr Fiona Stewart". Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  10. ^ Griffin, Michelle (15 March 2002). "And another thing..." The Age. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  11. ^ Arnold, Wayne (30 September 2004). "In Australia, Tug of War Over Privatizing Phone Giant". New York Times. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  12. ^ "Women and Power: A Public Forum". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 26 January 2000. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  13. ^ "From "Ideas At The Powerhouse" Festival in Brisbane 16-19 August, 2001". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 24 October 2001. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  14. ^ "Fiona Stewart". Archived from the original on 5 October 2015. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  15. ^ "Internet Communication and Qualitative Research". Retrieved 5 October 2015.