Renee Lim has been singing, dancing and acting since she was five. Though initially from Perth, she moved to Sydney to study medicine at UNSW, but the acting bug never quite left her.
Since leaving university, Renee has balanced two very different careers: a deep seated passion for medicine, health, and emergency medicine in particular, and her love of performance, which has seen her work in theatre, film and television as an actor and a presenter (including All Saints, East West 101 and currently on ABC2's Please Like Me), singing in cover bands, as a dance teacher and choreographer, chatting to Marnie T a regular guest on Mix 106.5's Body and Soul, and as a guest host for groups including the Young Garvan Institute and the Government's Department of Health.
Her long and varied career in professional media stems from a love of acting based on her ability to delve into someone else's mind and share their experiences, telling stories to other people in the hopes that they will also be able to 'step into someone else's shoes', at least for a little while.
In the NSW hospital system, Renee has been working as a locum doctor in the areas of emergency medicine, palliative care, and geriatrics for many years now, visiting almost every major hospital in the greater Sydney area. While these specialties seem incredibly disparate, Renee has found the different challenges of each discipline integral to treating her patients. Her passion for treating the whole patient, and not just a disease, and her interest in developing the team dynamic in our often overwhelmed hospital system have led her to join the Pam McLean Centre, a leading innovative organisation working with Sydney University and NSW Health to develop professional engagement in health professionals, including communication skills and dealing with conflict.
As a doctor and teacher, Renee has seen firsthand the afflictions of the world - physical, mental and emotional - and how they affect us as individuals, especially in our formative years. She has also seen the healing potential in not just her medicine, but in the support provided to youths in improving their education, emotional and psychological understanding, communication and interactive skills, coping mechanisms (especially in dealing with conflict and crisis) and their hope for the future. This empathy comes from a place of identity, a difficult childhood of her own. Throughout her life, and through the knowledge gained in her varied career, Renee has developed a passion for helping young people to 'find their way', leading her to become an ambassador and key developer with Streetwork, an organisation that works with at risk teenagers at all levels.
Yet another of her passions is food: her Malaysian heritage, regular travel around the world, varied social circles, medical career and media work have all pointed to the same thing: food, the soul of culture, makes the world go round. This ongoing interest in and interaction with food, not just as physical sustenance but also in its role within all communities to create 'home' - encouraging conversation, love and care, emotion and thought, and health and nurturing - has led to work on shows including Food Investigators, looking at nutrition and food myths, and Destination Flavour, discovering the personal stories behind the success of the food industry today. Renee has also recently teamed up with the Foodwise Team at Do Something - headed by Jon Dee (Planet Ark co-founder and NSW Australian of the Year) to increase awareness and provide solutions for issues surrounding food sustainability.
Renee Lim travels from New South Wales Australia
- A Woman in a Man's World
- Being a First Generation Australian
- Colourblind Casting in the Arts
- Culture, Heritage and Identity
- Empowering People
- Food and Nutrition
- Healthy Living
- How Old Are You, love? Working with what you've got
- Live for Perfect Moments
- Making the Most of Life
- Medicine and Health Care
- Nature vs Nurture
- Owning Your Choices and Taking Responsibility: To society, to the people you love, to yourself
- Project and Event Management
- Pursuing Acting as a Career
- Risk Management
- Taking Chances: The road less travelled
- The Generational Difference
- The Only Thing We Know For Sure: Death, dying and dignity
- The Performing Industry
- The Unattended Minor: Coming from a broken home
- There is No Plan B, Just Plan Me
- Time Management
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Mount Evelyn Christian School
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