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Our Leadership Team

The President

The President is a full-time member of the Tribunal appointed by the Governor-in-Council for a term of up to five years. The President provides leadership and direction to members and staff. It is the President’s responsibility to ensure that the Tribunal’s business is conducted in an efficient and effective manner in accordance with the requirements and principles of the Act.

Ms Annette McMullan, President, brings to the Tribunal a wealth of legal and professional knowledge and experience, with expertise in areas of health law, administrative law, health regulation and corporate governance. In addition to her legal qualifications, Ms McMullan holds a Bachelor of Nursing having practiced as a registered nurse and midwife for more than 15 years prior to her admission to the Supreme Courts of Queensland and the ACT as a solicitor in 2001. Most recently, Ms McMullan was the Chief Legal Counsel of Queensland Health and has held prior legal roles at Crown Law and Metro North Hospital and Health Service.

The Deputy President

The Deputy President is a full-time member of the Tribunal appointed by the Governor-in-Council for a term of up to three years. The Deputy President provides leadership and direction to members and staff.

Deputy President, Ms Virginia Ryan, was appointed to this newly created role on 29 June 2017, and commenced duties on 10 July 2017. Admitted as a solicitor in Queensland in 1989, Ms Ryan has expertise in administrative law and Tribunal operations as a Member of this Tribunal and of the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal. She was formerly a Member of the Social Security Appeals Tribunal (now the Administrative Appeals Tribunal), a Registrar of the (now) Federal Circuit Court and an independent reviewer of administrative decisions for the Department of Human Services. She is a current Member of an Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency board.

The Executive Officer

The Executive Officer supports the President in fulfilling their statutory role and is accountable for the management, leadership and direction of staff as well as statewide strategic planning and development to enhance the quality and effectiveness of Tribunal operations.

Acting Executive Officer, Ms Jade Madden stepped into the role in April 2017. Ms Madden brings substantial administration and governance knowledge and skills having worked for 15 years in various mental health roles. Ms Madden has previously worked as the Acting Registrar of the Mental Health Court and as a Director in the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist, Queensland Health.

The Hearings Coordination team

The Hearings Coordination team is primarily responsible for the scheduling of hearings to ensure reviews and applications occur within the legislative timeframes.

The team is comprised of Senior Hearings Coordinators, Hearings Coordinators and Hearings Support Officers who liaise with Authorised Mental Health Service staff to schedule hearings at appropriate venues throughout the State.

The team also manages the interactions with Crown Law, the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist, the Director of Forensic Disability’s Office, Legal Aid Queensland, the Office of the Public Guardian and interpreter services to ensure hearings proceed in the most efficient and fair manner.

Corporate Services Team

The Corporate Services Team is responsible for managing the day to day operation of the Tribunal, including the provision of essential and specialist finance, human resource, communication and marketing, capital delivery and asset management, compliance and information technology and system services.

The team manages all administrative functions for the Tribunal, including deployment and maintenance of information systems and technology to enable Tribunal members to undertake hearings across the State, including remote locations.

The Corporate Services team also has a specific focus on continuous improvement in the delivery of Tribunal services to ensure improved productivity and efficiency to provide value to all stakeholders.

 

MHRT Structure