Dr Varsha Rao
MBBS, FRACPMackay, Woolloongabba
Dr Varsha Rao is currently consulting at our Woolloongabba and will start consulting at our Mackay location in April 2021
Dr Varsha Rao is a general paediatrician who treats newborns, children and adolescents. She manages a wide of range of common paediatric medical conditions. These include asthma, eczema, rashes, sleep issues, reflux, constipation, growth and development issues, and behavioural difficulties. She also treats a wide range of commonly occurring and complex infections.
A particular interest is in neonates and allergies.
Her aim is always the same – to optimise the physical health and emotional wellbeing of her patients, helping them to reach their full developmental potential – and her approach to their medical care is holistic.
Dr Rao achieved a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) in India and is registered as a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Australia (FRACP). Dr Rao is also a member of ASCIA: The Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy and the Neurodevelopmental and Behavioural Paediatric Society of Australasia.
Dr Rao has vast experience working in tertiary hospitals throughout Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia, including the Mater Children’s Hospital, Brisbane. Dr Rao’s experience includes working in rural and remote hospitals, including arranging the transfer of critically ill newborns and children to larger tertiary hospitals.
Further experience includes working in neonatal and paediatric intensive care, and working in a tertiary paediatric allergy and immunology service. This is what sparked a professional interest in management of allergic conditions.
As well as providing clinical care, Dr Rao is passionate about teaching junior doctors, medical students and allied health staff, having instructed for Advanced Paediatric Life Support and lectured at University of Queensland. She has also worked as a paediatric consultant in a Queensland regional hospital.
From a very young age, Dr Rao wanted to become a doctor and make a difference in children’s lives. As a child herself, she saw children who didn’t have equal access to health care because they lived in poverty. Her overwhelming desire to help them is what drove her into medicine.
Now, Dr Rao feels immense satisfaction in seeing how the right care at the right time can make a difference in children’s lives. For Dr Rao, emphasis is always on prevention, individualised solutions, and working closely with children and their families to build trust, show compassion and provide continuity of care. Also being a parent helps Dr Rao understand the complexity of dealing with children on a day-to-day basis.
When it comes to spare time, Dr Rao loves spend time with family, travelling and dancing.
Further information and resources
- Raising Children: Australian parenting website – videos, articles and apps
- Children’s health fact sheets: Queensland Health – for parents, carers and young people
- Asthma Australia – help for improving life with asthma
- Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) – information about conditions, support and services