About RHD Australia
No child dies in Australia as a result of acute rheumatic fever and its complications.
To prevent and reduce acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease in Australia through education, awareness raising, quality data collection and reporting systems and national collaboration.
RHDAustralia is the National Coordination Unit supporting the control of rheumatic heart disease in Australia. Funded under the Australian Government’s Rheumatic Fever Strategy, RHDAustralia is based at Menzies School of Health Research in Darwin.
What we do
Supporting RHD Control Programs
RHDAustralia supports RHD Control Programs by providing technical assistance; promoting best practice through education and training initiatives; and improving data quality and integrity and analysis and reporting capabilities. RHD Control Programs, funded under the Rheumatic Fever Strategy operate in the Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia. Each has its own priorities and unique characteristics in terms of burden of disease, geography and service provision.
Developing quality data collection and reporting systems
RHDAustralia manages the Data Collection System, a central repository for the collection and reporting of ARF and RHD data against a recommended clinical data set and key performance indicators. Quality data collection and reporting systems support sustainable improvements in the provision of evidence based care and outcomes for patients with ARF and RHD.
Promoting evidence based best practice
RHDAustralia develops evidence based education, training and resources in line with the Australian guideline for the prevention, diagnosis and management of acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease (2nd edition) and incorporates the latest research findings. We use a variety of delivery methods and tools to support a diverse health workforce including accredited online modules, face to face workshops, print media and smartphone technology.
Increasing community awareness of ARF/RHD and its prevention
RHDAustralia works with affiliated organisations to increase awareness of ARF/RHD among health professionals, those living with disease, families, affected communities and the Australian public. We identify strategies to change behaviour, educate and support families and communities which aim to improve outcomes for those at risk of acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease. Prevention, at all stages of disease progression, is our priority.