5 Minutes with Carole Renouf
29 February 2016
What are you most excited about as you look towards leading MIA into the future?
Leadership for me is all about the fulfilment of potential. That’s my job – to help an organisation and its people achieve their greatest potential. I am excited about the wealth of potential at MIA. This is an organisation that, in the medical and scientific world, has already established a stellar reputation. Now it’s time to share that with other worlds, and invite them to be part of it and support it.
Why did you want to work with MIA and what are you hoping to achieve through your work?
Somehow, health and medical research has turned out to be my ‘space’. I think it’s because I believe health is our greatest asset. People with health problems –whatever these are - need the best possible treatments and care today, but they also need the promise that research brings – a better tomorrow. MIA is quite a unique organisation in that it brings together, on a daily basis, care and research for the betterment of people with melanoma and to prevent others getting melanoma. If together we can achieve those goals, I will be happy.
Where did you work before coming to MIA?
Before joining MIA, I worked at St Vincent’s, the National Breast Cancer Foundation and the Garvan Institute. I have always worked in the not for profit sector, although it was originally an unconscious rather than a conscious choice. I am interested in social change, so it’s a natural fit despite the many challenges – especially lack of resources.
What drives you as a CEO?
I don’t think leaders are born. I think they are made, and that they are made through confident humility and an openness to lifelong learning. I guess that defines me as a CEO.
It’s interesting to me that today, the ‘soft’ skills which I possess are now the ones that are most sought-after in CEOs. I always used to feel inadequate because the ‘hard’ skills (say, accounting or operations) were not my strengths. It feels good to know that the world has now caught up with the fact that the ability to inspire, unite, communicate and advocate counts!
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I live a very low key life outside of work. I am actually an introvert in an extrovert’s role, so I burn an enormous amount of energy at work. In my spare time I really need down time with no people around me and preferably outside enjoying nature. I love my daughter. I love the sea. I love animals. I love physical activity. I love travel (definitely not the journey but the destination). And I love reading, preferably crime fiction where every problem gets solved – unlike the real world!
Tell us something most people are surprised to learn about you?
I initiated and ran Australia’s first consensus conference. This is a fascinating Scandinavian method of equipping lay people to give informed advice to Governments about controversial issues in science, technology, education and more. It has often led to great changes in society and I am very proud to have introduced this methodology to Australia.
On Friday, a publication that lays out the steps needed to find out if a systematic screening program for melanoma would benefit all Australians was published in the Australia & New Zealand Journal of Public Health.
Melanoma March events have been cancelled. A Virtual March will be held on Sunday 29th March. Read this statement from MIA CEO Matthew Browne.
Thank you to the thousands of Aussies who bought ‘Game On Mole‘ t-shirts, took selfies, shared t-shirt pics on social media and started lifesaving conversations around sun safety and skin health.
Melanoma patients now have greater access to subsidised immunotherapy thanks to additional treatments today being listed on the PBS.
Brisbane couple Leon and Tamra Betts were, like thousands of others around Australia, on the couch watching MAFS when newlywed Natasha ran through her weekly beauty routine. When they heard the 26-year-old mention solarium use, they were shocked, and then saddened, prompting this open letter to all young Australians.
Professor Richard Scolyer, Co-Medical Director of Melanoma Institute Australia, will welcome international attendees this weekend to a sold-out, two-day course on ‘Pigmented Lesions and Other Hot Topics in Dermatopathology’.
It is time for a reality check on solariums.
They have no place in anyone’s beauty routine.
Throughout January our community created, hosted and participated in some amazing events, each of them helping us on our quest to reach zero deaths from melanoma.
Australian television presenter, interior designer and mother Kyly Clarke has been announced as the new Ambassador for Melanoma Institute Australia (MIA) and its national awareness and fundraising campaign Melanoma March.
Melanoma Institute Australia has recently partnered with three other organisations to boost support for melanoma patients and their carers across Australia.
Melanoma patients and their families across Western Australia will benefit from strengthened and expanded services with the merging of melanomaWA and Melanoma Institute Australia.
Australian researchers have played a critical role in the discovery of a potential new test to predict which early stage melanoma patients are at high risk of their disease recurring and progressing.
We are extremely grateful for our community fundraisers, who, even in this difficult time, have given up their time and effort to fundraise so we can continue to work towards our goal of zero deaths from melanoma.
Melanoma patients are set to benefit from subsidised access to immunotherapy treatment for high risk early-stage and advanced-stage melanoma patients.
An informative article on how immunotherapy is revolutionising cancer treatment, written by Jill Margo and featured in the Australian Financial Review.
Melanoma patients and their families in the Riverina will benefit from strengthened and sustained melanoma services with the merger of the Amie St Clair Melanoma Trust and Melanoma Institute Australia.
Belmont High School at Lake Macquarie has been announced winner of the 2019 SunSafe Student Ambassador Program video competition.
It’s time again to say thank you to our amazing community fundraisers!
Videos of the sessions at the recent Patient Information Evening co-hosted by Melanoma Institute Australia (MIA) and Melanoma Patients Australia (MPA) are now available for viewing.
MIA is well-represented in the poster sessions at the Society for Melanoma Research 2019 Congress in the USA, with four poster presentations being given by members of our translational research lab.