Melanie has dedicated her career to helping others, driven by a desire to make a positive impact in a person’s life and the broader community. Commencing with a Bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology, Melanie’s professional career as a clinician spanned working with children to the adult acute and rehabilitation sectors. Her first encounters with cancer patients came when working in a swallowing disorders clinic for people impacted by mouth and oesophageal cancers
Undertaking a Master’s degree in Health Service Management Melanie moved to leadership and management roles within the community aged care sector, leading large teams of allied health staff in the delivery of in-home therapy services. Completing project management qualifications, she undertook a number of project management roles focusing on service re-design, clinical governance and quality management practices to deliver the Aged Care Reform transition
Melanie’s first interaction with Cancer Council was in 2015 when her husband signed up for the Beat Cancer Tour in memory of his father, who passed away from cancer when he was just 10 years of age. Whilst he did the gruelling hours of preparation on the bike, Melanie managed the fundraising, door-knocking her local streets, organising raffles and holding a number of events. Three tours later, and with their own children nearing the ages when Matt and his sister lost their dad, Melanie felt the need to have a stronger connection to helping others through a cancer experience.
As General Manager, Services, Research and Education since January 2020, Melanie is results oriented and outcomes focussed, passionate about ensuring effective and efficient delivery of Cancer Council’s operations and programs to support all South Australians impacted by cancer.
A strong people investor, she dedicates her time to creating a team which is connected and committed to the organisation’s strategy and vision of a cancer free future.