Dr Karuna Raja
Gynaecologist & Obstetrician
Gynaecological & Obstetric Services
Dr. Karuna Raja received her primary medical degree from Agra University in India. She has a Masters degree in Occupational Health and Safety from the University of Sydney. She completed her obstetrics and gynaecology training in Sydney, Australia and has been a fellow of Royal college of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (FRANZCOG) for about ten years and has been practicing gynaecology and obstetrics for over 10 years.
Dr. Raja is a Visiting Medical Officer at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospitals in Sydney, Australia. She was a Fellow in pelvic and laparoscopic surgery for three consecutive years at Sydney’s Liverpool Hospital and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. She has extensive knowledge and experience in obstetrics and gynaecology with special interest in high risk obstetrics, menstrual disorders and urogynaecology. She is a senior clinical lecturer in Obstetrics and gynaecology at Sydney University. Dr Raja is Integrated Training Programme co-ordinator for Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetrician and Gynaecologists. Dr Raja is responsible for overseeing the training of obstetrcis and gynaecology registrars in the training programme at RPA Hospital.
Dr. Karuna Raja is a Member of the Australian Medical Association, a Fellow and a Member of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, a member of the Australian Gynaecological Endoscopy Society (AGES), a Member of the Australasian Menopause Society, a Member of the International Urogynaecology Association and a Member of the Medical Advisory Board of the Family Planning Association of Australia.
Secretary: Ms. Mira Sikes
Midwife: Ms. Margaret Faulkner
Anybody who has ever observed a lotus flower emerging from a murky pond cannot fail to see the beauty of this exquisite plant.
The flower always looks so clean and pure against the background of the dirty pond.
Because of this the lotus flower has come to be associated with purity and beauty in the religions of Buddhism and Hinduism respectively; the ancient Egyptians scholars observed that in the night-time the lotus closed its flowers and sank into the water, and came up with a different association with the flower related to rebirth and the Sun; in actual fact, one of the reasons that lotus flowers are considered so sacred is due to their daily cycle, they emerge slowly from dirty, muddy ponds over a period of a few days, and open all in the morning, and close their petals in the late afternoon. Despite, emerging from such a muddy and dirty environment, the lotus flower remains clean; and not only this it is beautiful. Many civilizations have therefore associated the lotus flower with rebirth and especially in Buddhism with purity.
However, it is the pink lotus flower that is considered to be the supreme lotus.
The state that the pink lotus flower is in is also representative of the state that a person is going through and the flower represents ones heart; when the flower is a just a bud it is synonymous with a closed in person who is yet to step up other way of spirituality. As a flower blooms it comes to represent a place in opening up to all that is around them.
The fully opened pink lotus flower represents a full sense of enlightenment and somebody who has reached Nirvana.