Leona is a proud Woopaburra and Kuku Yalanji woman from Queensland, now based in NSW. Leona is a mother, grandmother, artist and midwife.
Passionate about the provision of culturally safe health care, Leona moved into policy work to support and increase the recruitment and retention of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nursing and midwifery workforce. Leona managed the NSW Health Aboriginal Nursing and Midwifery Strategy for eight years before taking up the role of Executive Director at CATSINaM. Leona is also a board member of the Aboriginal Medical Service in Redfern, Sydney. She now works as a Project Manager at Cancer Institute NSW and is a member of the Stillbirth CRE’s Indigenous Advisory Group.