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Module 1 - Acute Rheumatic Fever and Rheumatic Heart Disease

Module 1 takes approximately 30 mins (excluding readings)

Commence module one


Learning Objectives

  • Define Acute Rheumatic Fever
  • Identify the cause of Acute Rheumatic Fever
  • Define Rheumatic Heart Disease
  • Identify how Acute Rheumatic Fever can lead to Rheumatic Heart Disease
  • Identify high risk groups in the Australian context
  • Define and understand prevention

Recommended readings

  • RHDAustralia (ARF/RHD writing group), National Heart Foundation of Australia and the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand. Australian guideline for prevention, diagnosis and management of acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease (2nd edition). 2012 Quick reference guides
    QUICK REFERENCE GUIDE 1: PRIMARY PREVENTION OF ACUTE RHEUMATIC FEVER 

  • RHDAustralia (ARF/RHD writing group), National Heart Foundation of Australia and the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand. Australian guideline for prevention, diagnosis and management of acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease (2nd edition) 2012
    Chapter 1 – Overview
    Chapter 2Primordial and primary prevention

Other - please note access to these additional readings requires subscription to the relevant online journals/databases. Please email info@rhdaustralia.org.au for further information.

  • Parnaby, MG. and JR. Carapetis (2010). Rheumatic fever in Indigenous Australian children. Journal Paediatric and Child Health 46: 527-533 READ ONLINE
  • McDonald MI, Towers RJ, Andrews RM, Benger N, Currie BJ, Carapetis JR. Low rates of streptococcal pharyngitis and high rates of pyoderma in communities where rheumatic fever is hyperendemic. Clin Infect Dis. 2006; 43(6):683-9 READ ONLINE 

 

Full listings of readings and secondary resources can be found at our RHD Resource database 

Offline version 

You can also do this section on paper. Download a printable version of Module 1

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