Luella has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree from La Trobe University majoring in Anthropology. Her honours thesis focused on Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's 2007 apology to the nation's First Peoples.
Before joining the Institute, Luella worked as a research assistant at the Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care. In this role she worked on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander healing practice documentation project.
Luella has also worked as a research assistant to Professor Marcia Langton, Foundation Chair of Indigenous Studies at the University of Melbourne.
In 2012, prior to her appointment as Program Manager for Program 2, Luella worked extensively on the CRCATSIH mid-term review and on an implementation project with Ms Jenny Brands (Menzies School of Health Research).