Madeline is a Partner in the Aged Care and Retirement Living team at Thomson Geer and a member of the Queensland Law Society Elder Law Committee.

Madeline acts for a wide range of private and not-for-profit aged care and disability service providers. She advises providers on their legislative responsibilities, risk management, compliance issues, commercial arrangements and clinical incident management.

Madeline works actively with stakeholders in the aged care sector to enhance their understanding of the issues that are relevant to her clients. She adopts a highly consultative approach to work intuitively and efficiently with clients across a range of matters.

With a keen interest in regulatory compliance, Madeline provides practical advice to clients on how to manage complex regulatory issues including findings of failure to meet required standards and the imposition of sanctions.

She has extensive experience in critical incident investigations, including coronial investigations and inquests.

Madeline also prepares a range of complex legal documents including home and residential care agreements and policies and procedures to ensure compliance across a broad spectrum of legislation. Her experience and intimate understanding of the sector means she is able to develop practical documents that are easy to use and expressed in plain English.

Madeline is recognised as a recommended lawyer in health and aged care in Queensland by Doyle’s Guide (2019).

Relevant Experience

  • Acting for aged care providers in relation to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.
  • Acting for an aged care provider in an application to the Federal Court for judicial review of compliance decisions made by the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency and the Department of Health.
  • Acting for a provider in an application to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal for review of a decision by the Department of Health to refuse an application for an extension of the provisional allocation period in respect of residential aged care places.
  • Advising residential aged care providers in relation to complex resident issues including security of tenure, substitute decision making and financial arrangements.
  • Advising on and preparing statutory notices and applications for aged care providers including notices to transfer aged care places; applications to vary the conditions of allocation of aged care places; applications for approval to provide aged care; and applications for aged care places and capital grants in the Aged Care Approvals Round.