Nitschke blames AMA for speech cancellation

Dr Nitschke told Medical Observer he suspected AMSA had been “pressured” to drop the talk. 

AMSA president Jessica Dean disputed this. 

“The AMA is one of the sponsors of the event but the AMSA is politically independent,” said Ms Dean.

She said the decision to cancel Dr Nitschke’s speech was made in consultation with the convention team, executive and board independently of any other organisation and was based on reports that Dr Nitschke was being investigated by AHPRA over the death of 45-year-old Nigel Brayley.