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RHDAustralia supports the control of rheumatic heart disease (RHD) in Australia. Funded under the Australian Government’s Rheumatic Fever Strategy, RHDAustralia is based at Menzies School of Health Research in Darwin.


No child in Australia dies as a result of acute rheumatic fever (ARF) and its complications.

What we do

  1. Australian Guideline for the prevention, diagnosis and management of acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease

    RHDAustralia updates evidence based guidelines to support Australia’s health workforce to achieve best practice care for people with ARF and RHD. Revisions are undertaken in collaboration with key stakeholders and peak Indigenous health bodies.

  2. Education and training resources for health professionals, people with ARF/ RHD, their families and communities.

    RHDAustralia works closely with stakeholders, patients, families and communities to develop culturally-appropriate information to help increase disease prevention and support self-management. These activities are carried out in conjunction with key partner organisations and state and territory-based RHD control programs across Australia.

  3. Support health systems to achieve evidence-based best practice for focused prevention activities in high-risk communities.

    RHDAustralia assists with development and implementation of culturally-appropriate resources for people living with ARF and RHD and their communities, with a focus on peer support initiatives, self-management tools and community health promotional material.

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Last reviewed: January 2019

Information from this partner

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Infective Endocarditis Information and wallet card | Rheumatic Heart Disease Australia

The wallet cards inform the at-risk patients as well as their dental professionals that there may be a need for IE prophylaxis prior to procedures such as dental extractions. Even if the patient is already receiving secondary antibiotic prophylaxis to prevent ARF recurrence, they will still need IE prophylaxis prior to certain invasive procedures.

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Cardiac Surgery: Patient's Journey | Rheumatic Heart Disease Australia

Powerpoint presentation by Dr Bo Remenyi at the RHDAustralia Evening Symposium, Brisbane, 22 March 2016. Dr. Remenyi is a paediatric cardiologist at Royal Darwin Hospital, and describes the journey of 2 children from diagnosis of rheumatic fever through heart failure and heart surgery. It includes the additonal pressure exerted on the family when a child is in hospital.

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The Australian guideline for prevention, diagnosis and management of acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease (2nd edition) | Rheumatic Heart Disease Australia

This comprehensive guideline provides information on preventative action, diagnosis and management of acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease, and should be considered the difinitive source of information to guide all aspects of RHD management, prevention and control across Australia.

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RHD Wiping out generations of Indigenous Australians | Rheumatic Heart Disease Australia

NITV short documentary featuring people with RHD, including Leon from Bagot, Aldrick in Maningrida, among others

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Tools for implementing rheumatic heart disease control programmes: TIPS Handbook | Rheumatic Heart Disease Australia

The TIPS Handbook provides a resource for people and places contemplating a rheumatic heart disease control programme.

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Resource flyer with links | Rheumatic Heart Disease Australia

This interactive PDF contains information and links to our free ARF diagnosis app, free treatment tracker app, short films, and free elearning modules. Great for sending in an email to anyone you think may be interested in utilising these resources.

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Valve disease | Rheumatic Heart Disease Australia

Video of discussion about RHD with Woman from Thursday Island for the St Vincents Hospital

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Margaret and DJ, Fitzroy Crossing | Rheumatic Heart Disease Australia

Local staff initiative helps to improve acute rheumatic fever prevention

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[Five open heart surgeries: my personal journey with rheumatic heart disease] []

In 1992 aged 12 Eddie had his first open heart surgery. It would be the first of five. Eddie Masina shares his story with RHDAustralia.

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Quick reference guide 7: Rheumatic heart disease control programs | Rheumatic Heart Disease Australia

This chapter from the quick reference guide focuses on secondary prophylaxis of ARF. In someone who is known to have had ARF, secondary prophylaxis is the only RHD control strategy shown to be effective and cost-effective at both individual and population levels. Effective RHD management involves regular clinical follow up, with specialist review and echocardiography.

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