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Rheumatic Heart Disease Australia


Health Worker Modules

This education package provides the health workforce with a basic understanding of best-practice approaches to the prevention, diagnosis and management of acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease.

The package contains 5 modules, each takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. Each module must be completed before moving to the next.


Module Summaries

Module 1: Acute Rheumatic Fever and Rheumatic Heart Disease

This module provides an overview of acute rheumatic fever (ARF) and rheumatic heart disease (RHD) in the global and Australian context. Learn to define and identify the causes of ARF and RHD, to identify the high risk groups in Australia, and understand the principles of control and prevention of disease in the wider context.

Module 2: Diagnosis of Acute Rheumatic Fever

This module focuses on importance of accurate diagnosis of ARF and the challenges and difficulties in diagnosis and management. It also presents the diagnostic criteria we use here in Australia.

Module 3: Management of Acute Rheumatic Fever

This module provides the most up to date information on the management of ARF. The module identifies the major priorities in managing acute rheumatic fever, as well as understanding the role and duration of treatment. Learn about the role of rheumatic heart disease registers and the information and education that should be provided to individuals and families after a diagnosis.

Module 4: Management of Rheumatic Heart Disease

This module provides an overview of the chronic condition of rheumatic heart disease and best practice approaches to managing the condition. Understand the importance of a coordinated approach, the aims and functions of RHD control programs and key information sources.

Module 5: Michael’s Story : A Case Study

Using a case study approach, this module consolidates learning in modules 1 to 4. It presents Michael’s story from his first episode of ARF to the long term management of his RHD.