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ARF RHD Guideline


Download The Australian guideline for prevention, diagnosis and management of acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease (2nd edition)

Download the quick reference guides (1-7) 

Applying the latest available evidence, RHDAustralia, an initiative of the Menzies School of Health Research, led a comprehensive review of the 2006 guidelines originally produced by the Heart Foundation and the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand.

The revised guideline, funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing expands on the first edition to provide clinicians with additional information on preventative action, diagnosis and management of acute rheumatic fever (ARF) and rheumatic heart disease (RHD).

The new guidelines have clarified common questions and broadened the diagnosis criteria for probable ARF in high risk groups in order to assist clinicians when there are uncertain cases of ARF. A summary of the changes within the revised guideline can be found on pages 7-9.

RHDAustralia envisages that reduced improved clinical care will result from improved and updated clinical care procedures for ARF and RHD patients.

Previous copies of the guideline (2006 edition) should be deleted.

Applications for Android, iPhone and iPad are now available.

These online editions of the guideline and quick reference guides are interactive pdf documents that feature easy-to-use navigation and search tools.

Printed copies are available from control programs. Click here for contact details. For those not located in the Northern Territory, Queensland, Western Australia or South Australia please contact

      RHD Australia

RHDAustralia is based at Menzies School of Health Research.

The information contained in this website is not intended to be used as personal medical advice. Individuals with rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease should be under the care of a medical practitioner or other qualified health care professional.

RHDAustralia is not able to consult on individual health matters or provide funding for treatment or medical procedures.