Lindy Willmott


Professor Lindy Willmott graduated with first class honours in law from the University of Queensland. She joined the Law Faculty in 1986 and teaches in health law (both in the undergraduate and postgraduate course). She also supervises a number of PhD students in the area of Health Law. Professor Willmott is a Co-Director of QUT’s Australian Centre for Health Law Research, and publishes extensively in the area of Health Law, specialising in end-of-life decision-making and guardianship law. For six years, Lindy was a part-time member of the Guardianship and Administration Tribunal (and then the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal), being appointed to that role in January 2005. She is also co-editor of the Health Law and Guardianship section of the Queensland Lawyer. She has had experience in practice in the area of Securities Law and has been both a full-time and part-time member of the Queensland Law Reform Commission from 1990-1994. While at the Law Reform Commission she was principally involved in reform of de facto relationships law and of the real property legislation in Queensland.




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31 Aug 2016

Objective: Decisions about life-sustaining treatment from adults who lack capacity are an integral part of intensive care (IC) practice. This paper compares Intensivists with six other specialties most often involved in end-of-life care as to their knowledge, attitudes and practice in relation to the law...

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16 Aug 2016

Objectives: To determine the role played by law in medical specialists’ decision-making about withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining treatment (WWLST) from adults who lack capacity, and the extent to which legal knowledge affects whether law is followed.

Design: Cross-sectional postal survey of medical specialists....

Journal article

8 May 2016

Despite the potential harm to patients (and others) and the financial cost of providing futile treatment at the end of life, this practice occurs. This article reports on empirical research undertaken in Queensland that explores doctors’ perceptions about the law that governs futile treatment at...

Journal article

2 May 2016


Objective: To investigate how doctors define and use the terms “futility” and “futile treatment” in end-of-life care.

Design, setting, participants: A qualitative study using semi-structured interviews with 96 doctors from a range of specialties which treat adults at the end...

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