Hannah Leslie – Board Member
Hannah grew up in Albany and, after moving to Perth for studies and then work as a lawyer, subsequently visited regularly to see the various members of her family in Albany, three generations of whom have now practiced medicine in the town at various times.
Her connection with the ACH comes from when her mother died in 2014. For many weeks Hannah watched her mum lovingly cared for at ACH. Her appointment to the Board has enabled her to fulfil a personal commitment she made at the time to give back in some way.
Hannah is a qualified lawyer with a background in litigation. She is also a trained mediator. She has spent the last 25 years working as a tribunal member, initially part time on the Guardianship & Administration Board and subsequently on the State Administrative Tribunal, both part time and then full time.
This work has been predominantly determining guardianship and administration matters concerning the personal and financial rights of people alleged to have age, injury or disability related decision-making difficulties, and also disputes regarding Enduring Powers of Attorney, Enduring Powers of Guardianship and Advance Health Directives. She has also worked in the other SAT jurisdictions sitting on and also mediating civil matters, vocational regulation matters and other human rights matters.
For over seven years Hannah also worked as a member of the Mental Health Review Tribunal determining questions relating to the rights of involuntary psychiatric patients in the context of compulsory treatment and hospitalisation.
Hannah retired from her full-time position on SAT in Dec 2019 but continues to do this work on a sessional basis.
Hannah has adult children and stepchildren and an extended family in Perth and interstate.
She and her partner Alison have recently built on and moved to their beloved Kalgan property, and look forward to living in the Albany community.