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Professor Lindy Willmott
Faculty of Business & Law,
School of Law
Discipline *
Law, Public Health and Health Services
+61 7 3138 5205
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PhD (Queensland University of Technology), LLM (University of Cambridge), LLB(Hons) (University of Queensland), BCom (University of Queensland)


advance care planning, advance directives, end of life decision-making, futile medical treatment, guardianship law, medical law, ACHLR

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


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 member 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. Professor Willmott has authored, edited or co-authored a number of texts including the following:

  • Health Law in Australia
  • Contract Law (now in its 4rd edition)
  • Contract Law Casebook (now in its 2nd edition)
  • Mortgages Law in Australia
  • The Annotated Consumer Credit Code
  • De Facto Relationships Law in Australia
  • Real and Personal Securities

Professor Willmott has also published articles in the area of Property, Securities and De facto Relationships Law.   More information about Lindy’s research is available here:, Lindy.html Research Interests

  • End of life decision making
  • Withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining measures
  • Advance directives
  • Social-legal research into medical decision-making
  • Guardianship
  • Health Law
  • Contract Law

External Competitive Grants

  • Lindy Willmott, Ben White, Cynthia Gallois, Malcolm Parker, Nicholas Graves, Sarah Wince, ‘Futile Treatment at the End of Life: Legal, Policy, Sociological and Economic Perspectives’, 2012-2014, ARC Linkage Project
  • Ben White, Lindy Willmott, Colleen Cartwright, Malcolm Parker and Gail Williams, ‘Withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining medical treatment from adults who lack capacity: The role of law in medical practice’, 2009–2012, ARC Linkage Project
  • Cheryl Tilse, Jill Wilson, Anne-Louise McCawley, Ben White, Lindy Willmott, ‘Enduring documents – improving the forms, improving the outcomes’, 2009–2010, Legal Practitioner Interest on Trust Accounts Funds Grant Fund
  • Lindy Willmott and Ben White, ‘Improving service provision by legal practitioners to clients in relation to enduring powers of attorney and advance health directives’, 2005–2006, Legal Practitioner Interest on Trust Accounts Funds Grant Fund
This information has been contributed by Professor Lindy Willmott.



Lindy was a member of the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (formerly the Guardianship and Administrative Tribunal) from 2005 – 2011 and has heard a number of end of life cases.

Lindy had the carriage of the following reports while a member of the Queensland Law Reform Commission:

  • De Facto Relationships Report No 44, Queensland Law Reform Commission (1993)
  • De Facto Relationships Working Paper No 40, Queensland Law Reform Commission (1992)
  • Shared Property Discussion Paper No 36, Queensland Law Reform Commission (1991)
  • Consolidation of Real Property Acts Report No 40, Queensland Law Reform Commission (1991)
This information has been contributed by Professor Lindy Willmott.


For publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Withholding and Withdrawing Life-sustaining Treatment from Adults Lacking Capacity: Enhancing Medical Decision-making Through Doctors Compliance with the Law
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
Start year
Withholding and Withdrawing Treatment;Medical Law;Adult Guardianship;Medical Training
Futile treatment at the end of life: legal, policy, sociological and economic perspectives
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
Start year
Health Sociology;Health Communication;Law and Policy;Social Psychology
Centre for Research Excellence in End of Life Care
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
Start year
Palliative Care;Supportive Care;Health Services Research;Terminal Care;Access to Health Care;Chronic Diseases;Legal Issues;Consumers;Capacity Building;Policy Development
Enhancing Community Knowledge and Engagement with Law at the End of Life
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
Start year
Health And Medical Law;End Of Life Decision-Making;Community Knowledge Of Law