The Australian Government provides funding for a Rheumatic Fever Strategy that includes funding for control programs in Western Australia, Northern Territory, South Australia and Queensland. This strategy also funds a National Coordination Unit, known as RHDAustralia. RHDAustralia is operated by Menzies School of Health Research. The RHDAustralia governance structure includes the RHDAustralia Advisory Committee (RAC), a Data Management Committee (DMC), and an Education and Training Reference Group (E&TRG).
The Advisory Committee provides high level, strategic advice to RHDAustralia. The Committee advises RHDAustralia on interpretation and further analysis of surveillance data derived from the jurisdictions, the development and maintenance of the program, the improvement activities undertaken and contract deliverables as requested.
The RAC comprises representation from Australia's pre-eminent health research organisations:
- Baker IDI
- Telethon Institute for Child Health Research
- South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute
- Menzies School of Health Research
- as well as senior representatives from jurisdictions.
Each of the jurisdictional RHD Control Programs has its own Advisory Committee.
The Data Management Committee provides ongoing review of the Data Collection System to ensure objectives are being met; makes recommendations to address issues of clinical interest, quality of care issues of significance arising from analysis of the data collected; and monitors the Data Collection System’s data quality management processes. Membership comprises RHDAustralia staff and Advisory Committee members, RHD Control Program representatives and data managers, a remote area GP and a NACCHO representative.
The Education and Training Reference Group is a sub-committee established to enable discussion around education activities that relate to ARF and RHD in Australia. Membership comprises key stakeholders and the RHD Control Program representatives. The sub-committee assists RHDAustralia in the development and dissemination of RHDAustralia approved evidenced based education tools and resources.