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Rheumatic Heart Disease Australia

RHD Australia

Menzies Lunchtime Seminar

Thursday, May 20, 2021
Seminar Room | John Mathews Building (Bldg 58), Royal Darwin Hospital Campus

The NHMRC-funded End RHD Australian Study of Epidemiology (ERASE) project was conceptualised to contribute to the RHD Endgame Strategy Report published in 2020. The aim of the project is to characterise the epidemiology of rheumatic fever (RF) and rheumatic heart disease (RHD) in five Australian jurisdictions and to determine components of primary health care that are needed to strengthen the health system to address these conditions.

For the quantitative component, we derived ARF/RHD cohorts from linked ARF/RHD register, hospital and death data (2001-2017) covering Northern Territory, Western Australia, Queensland, South Australia and New South Wales. The project has a number of sub-studies completed, with some still under analysis.   In this presentation, the methods and results from the RHD Burden component will be described, using hospital data with register information to ascertain RF and RHD cases for 2015-17. An outline of current and future studies will also be provided. 


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