Leilani is a Quandamooka woman, ancestral home is Stradbroke Island. Through her own lived experience and work within the sector, Leilani is a powerful advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander led, culturally informed practices within mainstream services. She is a lived experience contributor, consumer advocate and has a wealth of experience in suicide prevention and mental health.

Leilani is now the Founder and Managing Director of Dulili Voices, a consultancy that focuses on incorporating the lived experience of community members into service deliver and outcomes. This includes extensive experience in effective engagement, evaluation and development of frameworks and guides for working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Leilani enjoys contributing on several Advisory Groups, working committees and expert panels at both the National and State level where she advocates for greater inclusion for those with lived experience and always for her people.

As the incoming Head of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lived experience centre at the Black Dog Institute Leilani is already well known within the sector and will continue to information and provide opportunities to not only build the evidence base for the multiple benefits of lived experience but will be working closely with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community to develop their skills and ability to participate in key policy reform, program development and advisory roles across both Mental Health and Suicide Prevention.