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 a diverse range of careers encompassing a deep seated passion for medicine, health and well being, a belief in the integral value of education to empower and enable humanity, and her love of performance.
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 holistically and with authentic empathic care.
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. In her role as their Director of Program Development, she writes characters and scenarios, designs educational curriculum and teaches both students and professionals. Renee has also worked with UNSW, and Macquarie University, and her research has been published and presented at both national and international conferences in Communication Teaching.
Both professionally and personally, 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 others 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 complex childhood of her own. Renee helms educational program, Nay In The Life, an educational multi-platform resource designed to create reflection and open-dialogue around identity, resilience and mental-health. Throughout her life, and through the knowledge gained in her varied career, Renee has developed a passion for helping other people to 'find their way’.
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. This has seen her her work in theatre, film and television as an actor and a presenter (including Coup De’Tat, His Mother’s Voice, The Secret Daughter, Please Like Me, East West 101 and Destination Flavour), singing in cover bands, as a dance teacher and choreographer, and as a guest host for groups including the Young Garvan Institute.
Renee also works as a consultant, using her various skills and experiences to focus on Engagement and The ‘Human Factor’ in varied contexts. She’s worked with Medicines San Frontier, Streetwork, NSW Ambulance, Foodwise, and a number of corporations. She also has developed a program known as Small Acts of Kindness in conjunction with KFilms, to encourage humanity in the workplace.
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 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.
On top of all of this, Renee is also a businesswoman and entrepreneur. She has been involved in the creation of two companies; Food Effect, a food tech social enterprise aimed at improving the sustainable growth and use of food within communities, and Changineers; an educational design company specialising in creating multimedia learning experiences to maximise learning.
Renee Lim travels from New South Wales Australia
- A Woman in a Man's World
- Colourblind Casting in the Arts
- First Generation Australian
- How Old Are You, Love? Working with what you've got
- Live for Perfect Moments
- Making the Most of Life
- Medicine and Health Care
- Medicine and Healthcare
- Nature vs Nurture
- Owning Your Choices and Taking Responsibility: To society, to the people you love, to yourself
- 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
- Risk Management
- Taking Chances: The road less travelled
- 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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