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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23 Nov 2018

The Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2017 (Vic) will come into force in June 2019, becoming the first law in Australia in 20 years to permit voluntary assisted dying (VAD). This paper considers how other Australian states and territories are likely to respond to this development.

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1 Nov 2018

In the debate on euthanasia or assisted dying, many different arguments have been advanced either for or against legal reform in the academic literature, and much contemporary academic research seeks to engage with these arguments. However, very little research has been undertaken to track the...

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8 Oct 2018

Anecdotal evidence from Australia and abroad suggests that health professionals may fear potential legal and/or professional repercussions if their patient dies after receiving pain relieving medication at the end of life. As a result, patients may be under-medicated and their pain and other symptoms not...

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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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