Leona is a proud Aboriginal woman descending from the Woopaburra and Kuku Yalanji people of Queensland Australia. Leona is a mother, grandmother, artist, published and Registered Midwife. Leona undertook her midwifery training to be able to make a difference in her community.
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 & 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.