Monday, 5 December 2022
The Law Society of Western Australia congratulates Dr Andrew Lu AM on his appointment as the new Mental Health Tribunal President, as announced by Mental Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson on 5 December 2022.
The Mental Health Tribunal is a specialist quasi-judicial body constituted under the Mental Health Act 2014 (WA) and oversees the treatment and care of involuntary mental health patients.
During his five-year term, Dr Lu will lead the Tribunal in its role to safeguard the rights of people who are subject to involuntary treatment orders under the Mental Health Act 2014 (WA). The Tribunal also seeks to support respectful, fair hearings which encourage participation from patients, carers and families and result in a consistent, just decision in every matter.
Dr Lu has been a partner and head of the national Health Industry practice of law firm HBA Legal, specialising in medical defence, health and aged care liability and vocational regulation. He has over 21 years’ experience in private practice and is noted in ‘Best Lawyers’ as one of Australia’s leading Health and Aged Care solicitors.
In addition, he is an experienced mediator and a sessional member of the State Administrative Tribunal, a deputy member of the WA Reproductive Technology Council, Adjunct Professor of Curtin Law School, and an experienced company director.
Dr Lu AM is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law and holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Law, a research Doctorate in Law, and was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 2008. In 2021 he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to the Arts, to the Law, and to legal education.
Law Society President Rebecca Lee said, “I congratulate Dr Andrew Lu AM on this eminent appointment. His breadth of knowledge, experience and dedicated commitment to service, to both the legal profession and wider community, are exemplary and make him ideally suited to this new role.”
Dr Lu AM joined the Law Society of Western Australia as a member in 2001 and also served as its Manager Professional Development. He is a current member of the Ethics Committee and the Education Committee. He is a regular presenter for the Law Society’s CPD Program, and a board member of the Old Courthouse Law Museum Foundation Committee.
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