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RHD Programs

RHD control program

Acute rheumatic fever is a notifiable condition in the Northern Territory, Western Australia and Queensland. Rheumatic heart disease is notifiable in Western Australia. 

- Northern Territory control program
- Queensland control program
Western Australia control program
- South Australia control program
Rheumatic heart disease control programs

A coordinated control program is the most effective approach to controlling rheumatic heart disease in regions where the disease is common.

Specifically, control programs:

  • Identify people with or at risk of acute rheumatic fever (ARF) and rheumatic heart disease (RHD) and include their details on ARF/RHD disease registers. (ARF/RHD registers help coordinate care, improve delivery of long-term treatment, reduce recurrent ARF in those at risk, and help find people who are lost to follow-up)
  • Improve delivery of long-term secondary prevention treatment which helps prevent recurrent ARF and development or worsening of RHD
  • Support clinical and public health practice by increasing disease awareness and expertise among the health workforce, so that they can provide appropriate health services to people with ARF and RHD, including clinical care and follow up, in line with best practice.
  • Provide advice on education and self-management support for people with ARF and RHD and their families, and the community
  • Promote primary prevention which focuses on preventing first episodes of ARF
  • Use information from the disease registers to monitor health outcomes, and produce epidemiological reports to help improve control program activities.


      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.