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Rheumatic Heart Disease Australia

RHD Australia

Editorial Standards

RHDAustralia supports Australia’s health workforce and people living with acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease, and their families and communities, with information that is relevant, appropriate and accessible.

Cultural framework

The health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is at the centre of what we do. All clinical information is co-designed with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples within a cultural safety framework. This framework provides a focus on the importance of culture, and places the individual and their needs at the centre of care. 

We recognise that articles, news stories, and epidemiological reports about the loss of health and human life can have profound impact and sadness for people, families, community and culture. We hope that the ‘numbers stories’ will hopefully supplement the ‘lived stories’ that reflect the voices of people with rheumatic heart disease and their families.

Our review process

Our webpages and associated clinical content is based on best practice recommendations/guidelines for the prevention, diagnosis and management of acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease within the Australian context. Content is updated by experts after each review of the national recommendations/guideline, and fact-checked by members of our review team to ensure consistency with content and messaging. 

International content and content for international audiences is reviewed in line with best practice in the place of origin. 

Information sources

We rely on academic research institutions, government agencies, and medical associations in Australia for up-to-date information about acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease, including the findings from recent research. We are also informed by several international organisations that provide global leadership, advocacy and information relating to acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease.

Staying current

News articles and clinical content is updated when new information becomes available. We have an established schedule for articles and newsletters, and updates to clincial content is also prompted by

  • changes in standards of care reflected in updated Australian clinical guideline
  • new national and international evidence-based recommendations. 
  • consumer feedback. 


Please direct questions and feedback about the RHDAustralia website to


Last Updated 
29 September 2020
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