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Rheumatic Heart Disease Australia

RHD Australia

Metro South: Battling acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease

Tuesday, February 16, 2021
The Glen Hotel, 24 Gaskell Street, Eight Mile Plains, Queensland 4113

Please note: This is an RACGP Accredited Workshop. An online component is required to receive the 40 RACGP CPD points. Your full name and RACGP number will be shared with RHD Australia for the purpose of assigning the CPD points. For details of the pre-activity please see below. 

Acute rheumatic fever (ARF) is an autoimmune response to an untreated group A streptococcal infection (Strep A). It can lead to rheumatic heart disease (RHD) which is a chronic, often fatal disease. Evidence shows 47% of people with RHD in Queensland have not previously been diagnosed with ARF. Progression from ARF to RHD can be prevented, and outcomes of RHD improved with early identification and treatment of ARF.

In 2017, only 5% of clients on the Queensland RHD register resided in South East Queensland. Over the past 3 years this has increased significantly to 24% of clients. This increase highlights the need to upskill primary care providers in the South East to ensure effective diagnosis and management of ARF and RHD. In addition, the clinical practice guidelines were updated in 2020 so this workshop will include the latest clinical guidance.

AUDIENCE: General Practitioners and general practice staff


  • Kylie McKenna, CNC, Manager Qld RHD program
  • Dr Rob Justo, Paediatric Cardiologist, Children’s Health Queensland
  • Dr William Wang, Director Cardiology, PAH
  • Dr Cecelia O’Brien, Townsville Hospital


  • Local epidemiology
  • Changes in the 2020 Clinical Practice Guidelines for ARF/RHD
  • Diagnosis and management of ARF/RHD
  • Management of women with RHD
  • Legislated GP reporting requirements
  • The role of the RHD control program in QLD.


  • Determine the people who require primary and secondary prevention of ARF in the primary care setting.
  • Recommend an algorithm to increase identification and treatment of Group A strep infections in people at high risk of developing ARF.
  • How to diagnose, treat and manage a person with ARF.
  • Develop a management plan for a person with RHD, incorporating realistic goals with patients.



Registration: 6.00pm

Start: 6.30pm

Finish: 9.00pm

Dinner will be provided

COST: Free

LOCATION: The Glen Hotel, 24 Gaskell St, Eight Mile Plains.


When combined with online component, this activity is accredited by the RACGP

activity number 231290. Online pre-requisite activity available Dec 16, 2020 - Feb 16, 2021. - Please save the links below in your internet browser.

Online pre-requisite activity available Dec 16, 2020 - Feb 16, 2021 (Register or Login Here)

Online assessment activity available Feb 16 – March 16, 2021 (Register or Login Here)