Ms Melanie Carew

Ms Melanie Carew
Ms Melanie Carew

Head, Corporate Affairs, Partnerships and Education, CRC for Mental Health

Melanie Carew is the Head of Corporate Affairs, Partnerships and Education, and Company Secretary at the CRC for Mental Health. The CRC for Mental Health aims to develop biomarker-based clinical decision tools for use in the diagnosis and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, psychoses and mood disorders.

Melanie has extensive experience as a science communicator and educator, including engaging stakeholders on diverse topics such as biotechnology, agricultural improvements, evidence-based healthcare, cleaner production through engineering and design solutions, river health and water policy. She has held communication roles with the Oral Health CRC and Molecular Plant Breeding CRC, as well as policy and project management positions with the Victorian State Government. She has also served in a voluntary capacity with a number of organisations, including as a mentor in Leadership Development Programs and as the Science Communication Director for the Prader-Willi Research Foundation of Australia.

Melanie holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Hons), Bachelor of Business Administration and a Postgraduate Certificate in Arts. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and of Leadership Victoria’s Williamson Community Leadership Programme.

CRC students: the next generation of innovative, collaborative problem solvers?

Workshop, Tuesday 23 May, 1430–1600

CRC education programs have the ability to act as innovation hubs, with the flexibility to trial novel approaches to student training and development. The CRC model of close relationships with both industry and universities mean that individual CRCs are in a unique position to provide value-added training to students which significantly improves their future career prospects, as well as developing a future workforce that can contribute to the competitiveness, productivity and sustainability of Australian industries.

This interactive workshop will:

  • Demonstrate approaches the CRC for Mental Health has used to develop cohesive student cohorts who strongly identify with the CRC within short time frames
  • Detail several collaborative student-led programs trialled by the CRC for Mental Health which can be adapted or taken up in their current format by other CRCs, universities or research institutes
  • Provide opportunities to hear directly from CRC for Mental Health PhD students about how their involvement in a CRC has shaped their perception of available careers
  • Describe sector-wide approaches taken by CRCs to meet industry needs
  • Describe international models which can inform CRC education programs.