“I believe in patient-centred care that is holistic, empathetic, and personalised to suit individual needs. Obtaining specialised and advanced gynaecological training in Australia and overseas helped me to hone my clinical skills and learn cutting-edge minimally invasive surgical techniques in Gynaecology. This has enabled me to deliver evidence-based best practice care to my patients.”

Dr Tarana Lucky

AGES-accredited Robotic, Advanced Laparoscopic and Hysteroscopic Surgeon 

(UNSW Sydney) 
Master of Hysteroscopic Surgery 

(UNSW Sydney) 
Consultant Gynaecologist 
(Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne) 
Clinical Senior Lecturer
(University of Melbourne) 

Dr Tarana Lucky | Da Vinci

Tarana is an AGES trained Robotic, Advanced Laparoscopic and Hysteroscopic Surgeon. She has a public appointment as a Consultant Gynaecologist at the Royal Women’s Hospital (Melbourne), and as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Melbourne.

In addition to her specialist Obstetrics and Gynaecological training in Queensland and Victoria, Tarana pursued a 2-year advanced gynaecology fellowship at the Royal Women’s Hospital (Melbourne) where she gained extensive experience in managing general and complex benign gynaecological conditions using Minimally Invasive Surgical techniques including Laparoscopy, Hysteroscopy and Robotics. This prestigious fellowship (commonly known as the AGES fellowship or AGES-accredited training program) is awarded by the Australasian Gynaecological Endoscopy and Surgery Society.

Tarana also received the prestigious Brown Craig Travelling Scholarship from the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. This scholarship has enabled Tarana to gain further focused overseas training in New York (Columbia and NYU Langone Health) and Bordeaux (France). She received extensive training in Robotic Gynaecological Surgeries and an in- depth understanding of care optimisation for women experiencing pelvic pain, endometriosis, abnormal uterine bleeding and uterine fibroid diseases. Tarana is also competent in performing complex open abdominal procedures when indicated (i.e., management of extremely large or atypical fibroids not suitable for robotic or laparoscopic approaches).

In addition to her clinical experience, Tarana has extensive research and academic experience in the field of Gynaecology. She is well-published and highly cited academic with a PhD (UNSW Sydney) and three Masters – Master of Hysteroscopic Surgery, Master of Health Management and Master of Public Health (UNSW, Sydney). She is also a recipient of multiple Australian and international awards for her clinical, research and academic excellence.

What does it mean by an AGES-trained or AGES-accredited Minimally Invasive Gynaecologist:
Tarana completed a two-year fellowship in robotic and advanced laparoscopic surgery at The Royal Women’s Hospital. This prestigious fellowship is dedicated to train high quality surgeons in the field of Gynaecology. Tarana’s AGES fellowship training had a special focus on managing patients with Endometriosis and Uterine Fibroid diseases. This means Tarana is one of a very few gynaecological surgeons trained and accredited by the peak gynaecological society in Australia and New Zealand (known as the AGES society). That is how Tarana has developed the skillset to operate at the highest level (level 6) of Minimally Invasive Surgery in the field of benign gynaecology.

Appointments, Training, Awards and Research

Current Clinical Affiliations:
  • Consultant Gynaecologist, Ambulatory Gynaecology Services, Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne
  • Consultant Gynaecologist, Unit 1, Dept. of Gynaecology, Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne
  • VMO (Specialist Gynaecologist): Epworth, Frances Perry House and Cabrini
Current Academic Affiliations:
  • Clinical Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Medicine Dentistry & Health Sciences, University of Melbourne
  • Social Media Scholar- Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynaecology
Gynaecological Qualifications & Training:
  • Robotics Travel Fellowship at Columbia/Presbyterian (New York) and NYU Langone Health
  • Robotics and Endometriosis Travel Fellowship at the Franco-European Multidisciplinary Institute of Endometriosis, Bordeaux (France)
  • AGES advanced gynaecological endoscopic fellowship or AGES-accredited Training Program (AATP), Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne
  • Master of Hysteroscopic Surgery (MIS IRCAD France)
  • Fellowship of Royal Australasian and New Zealand College of Obstetrics & Gynaecology (FRANZCOG)
Academic Qualifications & Training:
  • PhD (Medicine), Faculty of Medicine, UNSW, Sydney, Australia
  • Master of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW, Sydney
  • Master of Health Management, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW, Sydney
Awards and scholarships:
  • RANZCOG Brown Craig Travelling Fellowship
  • RANZCOG foundation Robert Wrigley Pain scholarship
  • AGES Medtronic best oral communication for presenting the best original scientific paper
  • PhD Scholarship through the prestigious ARC linkage grant, UNSW Sydney
  • Australian Development Scholarship through the AusAID, Australia
Clinical and research supervision:
  • University of Melbourne MD students’ clinical and research project supervision
  • Griffith University MD research project supervision
  • FRANZCOG trainee clinical and research project supervision
  • FRACS trainee research project supervision
  • Gynaecology Surgical Simulation trainer
  • Faculty and Invited Speaker at various national and international gynaecological scientific conferences
  • Post-graduate Masters student tutoring UNSW
Research grants:
  • Epworth Medical Foundation Pilot Research grant: ‘Body composition and endometriosis’ (Primary Investigator)
  • RANZCOG foundation Robert Wrigley Pain scholarship: ‘ Microbiome and Endometriosis’ study (Primary Investigator)
  • Epworth Medical Foundation doctors grant: as Co-investigator for a study on Pelvic Pain Examination educational tool development
  • Avant early career researcher grant: as Co-investigator for the study titled – “Antimicrobial sealants at lower uterine section caesarean section- A Pilot trial”
  • Epworth Medical Foundation doctors grant: as Co-investigator for the study titled- ENDometriosis and CArdioMetabolic disease risk: ENDCAM Study
  • Epworth Audrey Voss Gynaecology research grant: Pain, pain, everywhere”: Assessing the role of surgical excision of endometriosis in improving central sensitisation in Australian women- A prospective study (The CSI study) (Co Primary Investigator)
  • AGES research grant: as Co-investigator for the study ‘Developing a Simplified MRI Diagnostic Algorithm to Identify and report Fibroid Variants. A Retrospective Cohort Study Correlating Histopathology with MRI Features’.
  • AGES research grant: Role of Paracervical Block in reducing Post-operative Pain Following Benign Laparoscopic Hysterectomy: Objective Evaluation Of Parameters By Utilising A Single Centre Double Blind Randomized Controlled Trial (The ROPPE trial) (Primary Investigator)
  • ARC linkage grant (towards PhD scholarship): Quantitative techniques to improve monitoring and evaluation of HIV epidemics and transfusion-transmissible infections in Australia
  • RWH Staff Project wellbeing grant- A multidisciplinary project wellbeing project, Gynaecology Unit 1
Research papers:
  1. Barton S, Zhou W, Santos LL, Menkhorst E, Yang G, Tinn Teh W, Ang C, Lucky T,
    Dimitriadis E. miR-23b-3p regulates human endometrial epithelial cell adhesion implying
    a role in implantation. Reproduction. 2023 Mar 8;165(4):407-416. doi: 10.1530/REP-22-
  2. PMID: 36757298.
  3. Wani, S., Lucky, T., Kathurusinghe, S., Bryant-Smith, A., Lowe, B., Szabo, R., & Ang, C.
    (2022, December). Motivators and Barriers to Access, and Engage in Laparoscopic
    Simulation Training in O & G-A Study to Understand Trainees’ and Trainers’ Perspectives
    in Australia and New Zealand. In AUSTRALIAN & NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF
    OBSTETRICS & GYNAECOLOGY (Vol. 62, pp. 70-71). 111 RIVER ST, HOBOKEN
    07030-5774, NJ USA: WILEY.
  4. Zhou W, Barton S, Cui J, Santos LL, Yang G, Stern C, Kieu V, Teh WT, Ang C, Lucky T,
    Sgroi J, Ye L, Dimitriadis E. Infertile human endometrial organoid apical protein
    secretions are dysregulated and impair trophoblast progenitor cell adhesion. Front
    Endocrinol (Lausanne). 2022 Dec 14;13:1067648. doi: 10.3389/fendo.2022.1067648.
    PMID: 36589798; PMCID: PMC9794621.
  5. Waugh, D., Lucky,T., Abeysundera, S. (2022). STUMPed. Is this a case of STUMP or a
    benign leiomyoma with extensive degenerative changes? Int J Case Rep Images, 2022
  6. Lucky, T., Lowe, B., Arafat, Y., Rathbone, E., & Angstetra, D. (2021). Are we ‘gritty’
    enough? The importance of ‘grit’ in O&G training: Association of passion and
    perseverance with burnout, thriving and career progression. Australian and New Zealand
    Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. 
  7. Simpson G, Philip M, Lucky T, Ang C, Kathurusinghe S. What’s out There? A Systematic
    Review of the Efficacy and Availability of Targeted Treatments for Central Sensitisation in
    Women with Endometriosis. Clin J Pain. 2022.
  8. Arambage K, Kathurusinghe S, Arambage S, Dior U, Lucky T, Visvanathan D. The
    Effectiveness of a Simulation-based Structured Stepwise Approach to Diagnostic
    Laparoscopy in Gynecology Trainees: A Prospective Study. Pan Asian J Obs Gyn
  9. Choi, H. N., Ng, B. R. J., Arafat, Y., Mendis, B. A., Dharmawardhane, A., & Lucky, T.
    (2021). Evaluation of safety and foeto‐maternal outcome following non‐obstetric
    surgery in pregnancy: a retrospective single‐site Australian study. ANZ journal of
    surgery, 91(4), 627-632. Retrieved from
  10. Lucky, T. T., Keller, A. J., Seed, C. R., Lee, J., Styles, C., Pink, J., & Wilson, D. P.
    (2014). A refined method for estimating the size of the potential blood donor pool in
    Australia. Transfusion, 54(10), 2445-2455. Retrieved from
  11. Lucky, T. T., McDonald, A. M., Wand, H., Lam, M., El‐Hayek, C., & Wilson, D. P.
    (2013). Merging Australia’s national HIV and AIDS registries: improving quality and
    completeness of data. Australian and New Zealand journal of public health, 37(4), 393-
  12. Retrieved from https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdfdirect/10.1111/1753-
  13. Lucky, T. T., Seed, C. R., Keller, A., Lee, J., McDonald, A., Ismay, S., . . . Wilson, D. P.
    (2013). Trends in transfusion‐transmissible infections among Australian blood donors
    from 2005 to 2010. Transfusion, 53(11), 2751-2762. Retrieved from
  14. Lucky, T. T., Seed, C. R., Waller, D., Lee, J. F., McDonald, A., Wand, H., . . . Pink, J.
    (2014). Understanding noncompliance with selective donor deferral criteria for high‐risk
    behaviors in Australian blood donors. Transfusion, 54(7), 1739-1749. Retrieved from
  15. Lucky, T. T. A. (2014). Quantitative techniques to improve. University of New South
  16. Tran, Q. R., Raniga, H., Arafat, Y., Mizumoto, R., Lucky, T., & Ratnayake, S. (2020).
    Acute mucosal appendicitis and epiploic appendagitis in an adult: A rare case report. Int J
    Case Rep Images, 11, 101093Z101001QT102020. 
  17. Arafat, Y., Zukiwskyj, M., Lucky, T., Rahimi, M., Diaz, P., & Shivananthan, S. (2016).
    Gallbladder torsion: A case study. International Journal of Case Reports and Images
    (IJCRI), 7(5), x+ 327-331. 
  18. Choi, H. N., Arafat, Y., Lucky, T., & Dharmawardhane, A. (2019). A unique case of small
    bowel obstruction secondary to internal herniation due to a torted fallopian tube adherent
    to the sigmoid colon. Int J Case Rep Images, 10, 101069Z101001CN102019. 
  19. Kamrun, N., & Tarana, L (2014). A Study on Clinical Presentation of Menopause and
    HRT. Journal of SAFOMS, 2(2), 59. 
  20. Lucky, T. T. A. (2014). Quantitative techniques to improve (Doctoral dissertation,
    University of New South Wales).
Dr Tarana Lucky

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