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Rheumatic Heart Disease Australia

About RHDAustralia

Our vision: 
No child dies in Australia as a result of acute rheumatic fever and its complications.

Our mission:
To work alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and other at risk populations, to reduce acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease in Australia. RHDAustralia will do this by developing and disseminating evidenced-based resources to support health systems and health staff in their work, and by advocating and providing culturally appropriate educational resources for people with ARF/RHD and their families.

RHDAustralia supports the control of rheumatic heart disease in Australia. Funded under the Australian Government’s Rheumatic Fever Strategy, RHDAustralia is based at Menzies School of Health Research in Darwin.

What we do

Updating, disseminating and integrating the Australian Guideline for the prevention, diagnosis and management of acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease

RHDAustralia provides evidence based guidelines to support Australia’s health workforce to achieve best practice care for people with ARF and RHD. The 2020 Australian guideline for prevention, diagnosis and management of acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease (3rd edition), draws on the latest evidence-based research, with a focus on culturally-safe practice. Revisions are undertaken in collaboration with key stakeholders and peak Indigenous health bodies.

Developing and implementing high quality, evidence based education and training resources for health professionals, people with ARF/ RHD, their families and communities

As well as providing evidence based guidelines and other best practice resources for the health workforce, RHDAustralia works closely with stakeholders, patients, families and communities to develop culturally-appropriate information to help increase disease prevention and support self-management. These activities are carried out in conjunction with key partner organisations and state and territory-based RHD control programs across Australia.

Supporting health systems to achieve evidence-based best practice for focused prevention activities in high-risk communities

RHDAustralia works with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-focused health services to strengthen patient support capacity and raise awareness of ARF and RHD. We assist with development and implementation of culturally-appropriate resources for people living with ARF and RHD and their communities, with a focus on peer support initiatives, self-management tools and community health promotional material.