Avelina was admitted to the profession in 2009 and called to the bar in 2017. She has a general practice with focus on health, regulatory and administrative law.
Before being called to the bar, Avelina was a Federal Prosecutor with the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions, and is experienced in general fraud prosecutions. Avelina has also worked for the Australian Securities and Investment Commission.
Prior to joining North Quarter Lane Chambers, Avelina worked as a Senior Legal Officer for the Office of the Health Ombudsman and Counsel Assisting in the Coroners Court of Queensland.
In August 2019, Avelina was appointed as a Member of the Councillor Conduct Tribunal. In February 2020, Avelina was appointed as a part-time Member of the Mental Health Review Tribunal.
In 2014 she was selected as an Indigenous Fellow by the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights to undertake a two month fellowship in Geneva.
In 2018 Avelina was elected as President of the Indigenous Lawyers Association of Queensland and was re-elected in 2019 and 2020. She is also a member of a number of different legal policy committees relating Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders.