Dr Monique Faleafa is the founding Chief Executive of Le Va, a national NGO focused on Pacific people’s wellbeing. Le Va specialises in Pacific approaches to suicide prevention, mental health and addiction workforce development, violence prevention, disability support services, public health, cultural competency training and holistic wellbeing.
Monique is a clinical psychologist and has served her Pacific communities in the not-for-profit sector, district health boards, academia and social services for over 17 years as a clinician, and as an advocate for improving health and social outcomes for Pacific communities. She also contributes to her communities at governance levels, currently serving on Crown Entity, the Health Promotion Agency, MBIE Science Challenge Board, the Westpac External Stakeholder Panel, and has been the Deputy Chair of Regulatory Authority for the New Zealand Psychologists' Board since 2009. She also currently serves on various committees advising on policy and practice for the Ministry of Health.
In 2016, Monique was awarded as a Member of the NZ Order of Merit and a finalist in the Westpac Women of Influence awards. Internationally she serves on the Pacific Advisory Group and is a mental health advisor to Australia’s National Rugby League, is an Alumni of the commonwealth Emerging Pacific Leaders Dialogue, and one of two Pacific Associate Members of Global Women.