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Rheumatic Heart Disease Australia

ARF RHD Guideline

The 2020 Australian guideline for prevention, diagnosis and management of acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease (3.2 edition, March 2022)

The 2020 Guideline was written by Australian clinical and public health experts, researchers, and policymakers, and developed in collaboration with key stakeholders and an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander advisory group. It provides standards, recommendations, and guidance for providing clinically sound and culturally safe care to people living with acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease. (The 2020 guideline replaces the 2012 edition)

Download the Guideline

From 2022, this Guideline is only available in PDF format on the RHDAustralia website (no printed copies).

This is a living Guideline. Emerging national and international evidence related to ARF and RHD is reviewed regularly by relevant expert groups and the Guideline updated as indicated.

March 2022 Update

Recommendations for the management of borderline RHD were updated in March 2022 in response to new research findings. Download the summary document and a short video for an overview of the changes.

Key Information

Key information extracted from each chapter in the 2020 Australian guideline for prevention, diagnosis and management of acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease (3.2 edition, March 2022).

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Tables and Figures

Important information extracted from the Guideline and presented in table format to support clinical care.

    Medications for ARF

    Priority classifications of ARF and RHD and recommended follow up

    Referral algorithm for pregnant women with RHD

    Recommended duration of secondary prophylaxis

    Criteria for ARF diagnosis (updated 2020)

    Priorities for managing ARF in acute settings

Guideline Development Framework

The Guideline Development Framework provides a summary of the 2020 Guideline review project. The Framework includes the project team, project governance, intellectual property, stakeholder engagement, and the process for endorsement. It also contains information about the process for expert consensus, editing and design, and acknowledgement of the writing groups.

Guideline Implementation

The Guideline Implementation Plan highlights the activities, strategies, and responsibilities of RHDAustralia and stakeholder organisations to implement the standards and recommendations in the 2020 Guideline and maintain a guideline that is current and relevant. It also includes the process used to review new and emerging evidence and make recommendation to the Guideline.


 

Last Updated 
02 December 2022
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