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Rheumatic Heart Disease Australia

RHD Australia

South Australia Aboriginal Heath Worker and Practitioner RHD Education Days

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 to Thursday, September 27, 2018
Port Augusta Bungala Aboriginal Corporation

SA Health and RHDAustralia invite Aboriginal Health Workers from across the region to attend a workshop on the 27th of September at Bungala Aboriginal Corporation in Pt Augusta. Workshop presenters will highlight best practice prevention, diagnosis and management of acute rheumatic fever (ARF) and rheumatic heart disease (RHD), and present a range of resources that have been developed to support families and communities.

View Aboriginal Health Worker and Practitioner Program - 27 September 2018

“This is a great opportunity for Aboriginal Health Workers from across rural and remote SA to come together to learn from the experts, update their clinical skills, and share innovative work happening in their communities; Aboriginal Health Workers are vital links between the community and health care.” - John Singer, Director of Nganampa Health Council and Chair of NACCHO

A separate evening session is planned for General Medical Practitioners at the Royal Flying Doctor Service base on the 26th September. This will be led by Adelaide-based cardiologist Associate Professor Christopher Zeitz. Dr Zeitz will discuss current referral and notification systems, and highlight the key elements around diagnosis and management of ARF and RHD.

View GP Program - 26 September 2018

Jennifer Cottrell, coordinator of the SA RHD Control Program stated, “there are over 300 cases of ARF and RHD known to the SA RHD Register in South Australia, with 93% of these identifying as Aboriginal. We are excited to be offering these sessions in Port Augusta, allowing us to reach health workers from regional and remote South Australia with these important messages.”