Your First Visit


For all appointments please call us on 02 4918 0200.

Prior to attending your appointment, if you could please send your referral from your GP or therapist, Dr Rao will triage the referral and organise the appropriate imaging prior to you coming to see him. This will help decrease the time involved in obtaining a diagnosis.

This is the KEY feature of your referral to Dr Rao. Dr Rao’s staff are directed to give you the next available appointment, however this frequently does change after Dr Rao has viewed your referral and more often than not your appointment is brought forward with appropriate imaging and investigations organised before see Dr Rao.

What to bring?

When attending your appointment, bring your referral, copies of any imaging and x-rays, your Medicare card, private health insurance details and WorkCover details if applicable. Please arrive 5 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment to fill out registration and details, then to save time we can download and print out the registration form. Please fill it out and bring to the consultation.

Consent Form

If you end up proceeding to surgery, you will fill in a consent form which Dr Rao will take you through indicating that you are fully aware of the nature of the procedure and accept the associated risks involved.

Meet Dr Rao

Dr Rao is a Newcastle Orthopaedic surgeon who specialises in all aspects of foot and ankle surgery. He graduated from medicine at the University of Sydney and trained as an orthopaedic surgeon in Newcastle and also in Queensland.

He also undertook further training by way of fellowship with world famous Dr Terry Saxby in Brisbane in 2008. He has also conducted further training by attending numerous courses overseas, in Thailand, the USA and right across Australia.