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RHDAustralia

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.

Vision

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.

Recommended links

Last reviewed: January 2019

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Rheumatic heart disease in pregnancy | Rheumatic Heart Disease Australia

This short film includes paediatric cardiologist Dr Bo Reményi and Dr Jessie Johnston discussing the importance of cardiac care for women with rheumatic heart disease during pregnancy. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that this resource may contain images and voices of people who have died.

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Nelson Baker on rheumatic heart disease | RHDAustralia

From a throat infection to a heart condition. At 16, Nelson was faced with the fact that despite living a relatively healthy lifestyle he had a heart condition.

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Recognising & treating skin conditions | Rheumatic Heart Disease Australia

This full-colour flipchart is specifically targeted at an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander audience for whom English is not a first language. It uses photographs and easy-to-understand descriptions to show and explain the different kinds of skin conditions likely to affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and how best to treat them. It is designed for use by

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Rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease | Rheumatic Heart Disease Australia

This short film addresses key prevention and treatment messages about acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease for patients, families and communities. Follow Lyndsay's journey as he comes to terms with his treatment for acute rheumatic fever. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that this resource may contain images and voices of people who have

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RHD wiping out generations of Indigenous Australians - The Point | Rheumatic Heart Disease Australia

This short documentary aired on NITV's The Point with Stan Grant follows the stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living with rheumatic heart disease who have had open heart surgery. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that this resource may contain images and voices of people who have died.

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Rheumatic Heart Disease: forgotten but not gone | Rheumatic Heart Disease Australia

This short video includes sections of interviews with medical experts from across the globe talking about rheumatic heart disease. (includes subtitles) Rheumatic heart disease as a chronic heart condition, caused by rheumatic fever, that results in the disability and death. Rheumatic heart disease is described within the context of being a marker of poverty and a disease of

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Individuals, Families & Communities | Rheumatic Heart Disease Australia

I want everybody to know my family’s story, so we can stop our kids getting sick hearts, and stop rheumatic heart disease in our people.

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Acute Rheumatic Fever and Rheumatic Heart Disease Guideline |

This 5 minute video summarises the key changes in the 2020 Australian guideline for prevention, diagnosis and management of ARF and RHD (3rd edition).

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What is Acute Rheumatic Fever? | RHDAustralia

Acute rheumatic fever is an illness caused by an autoimmune response to a bacterial infection with group A streptococcus.

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Sydenham chorea | Rheumatic Heart Disease Australia

Demonstration of a young boy with chorea

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