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Introduction to ARF and RHD

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Completion time: approximately 45 minutes

This program is designed for members of the health workforce who are responsible for or have an interest in caring for people with acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease. More information is available in the 2020 Australian guideline for prevention, diagnosis and management of acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease, 3rd edition.​ On completion of this program, participants will be able to

  • define acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease.
  • identify people at highest risk of acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease.
  • list the major and minor manifestations of acute rheumatic fever.
  • identify required actions for suspected acute rheumatic fever.
  • locate information supporting best practice for secondary prophylaxis.
  • describe the changes in the heart that define rheumatic heart disease.
  • describe secondary prophylaxis for acute rheumatic fever.
  • describe the role of rheumatic heart disease control programs.
  • identify opportunities for best practice care for people living with rheumatic heart disease.

Professional development recognition is available from:

NAATSIHWP (0.75 hours)
Australian College of Nursing (0.75 hours)
ACRRM (1 CPD hour)

Please note: Images and videos have been shared with permission for educational use. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that this eLearning program may contain images or voices of people who have died.

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Last updated 
30 January 2023