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Sharing a Heartbeat: A short film about RHD in pregnancy (KRIOL)

This is a 13 minute film directed by Indigenous women about fertility, pregnancy and family for young Indigenous women who have rheumatic heart disease (RHD). This is culturally appropriate health information for a target audience of girls and young women from ages 13 to 20s who have mild to moderate RHD. It does not cover severe RHD and valve repair or replacements. Friends and families of young women may also like to view this film to better understand how to support young women have a healthy pregnancy.

Sharing a Heartbeat: A short film about RHD in pregnancy (ENGLISH)

This is a 12 minute film directed by Indigenous women about fertility, pregnancy and family for young Indigenous women who have rheumatic heart disease (RHD). This is culturally appropriate health information for a target audience of girls and young women from ages 13 to 20s who have mild to moderate RHD. It does not cover severe RHD and valve repair or replacements. Friends and families of young women may also like to view this film to better understand how to support young women have a healthy pregnancy.

RHD in Pregnancy Poster - A3 size

There are two versions of this poster. One is for electronic distribution and has links embedded; perfect for emailing other clinics or distributing electronically. The other is for printing and putting on the wall of your clinic or ward. If you would like a high quality print, please contact us to discuss. The aim of these posters is to familiarise health professionals with RHD in pregnancy, the resources available, and some of the important considerations when assessing pregnant women who are Aboriginal, Torres Strait and/or Pacific Islander.

Benny's Journey - Children's cartoon (ENGLISH)

Animated cartoon style video about ARF and RHD, why Bicillin injections are important and why sore throats need to be taken seriously and see a doctor immediately.

Benny's Journey - Children's cartoon (TORRES STRAIT CREOLE)

Animated cartoon style video about ARF and RHD, why Bicillin injections are important and why sore throats need to be taken seriously and see a doctor immediately and see a doctor immediately.

Clinical Impact and Costs of Echocardiographic Screening for Rheumatic Heart Disease - Editorial

An 18‐year‐old lies in bed in a lower‐income country. He has just experienced an embolic stroke that originated on his infected mechanical mitral prosthesis, placed 2 years prior for severe rheumatic mitral stenosis. This true story is paradigmatic of the burdens created by rheumatic heart disease (RHD) in developing nations and underserved regions of developed nations. What if this tragedy could have been prevented by simple diagnosis and treatment of streptococcal pharyngitis so he never developed RHD?

Rheumatic Heart Disease Severity, Progression and Outcomes: A Multi‐State Model

The prognosis of young Indigenous Australians diagnosed with severe RHD is bleak; interventions must focus on earlier detection and treatment if the observed natural history is to be improved. This multi‐state model can be used to predict the effect of different interventions on disease progression and the associated costs.

Echocardiographic Screening for Rheumatic Heart Disease in Indigenous Australian Children: A Cost–Utility Analysis

Echocardiographic screening for RHD is cost-effective in our context, assuming that RHD can be detected ≥2 years earlier by screening. Our model can be adapted to any other setting but will require local data or acceptable assumptions for model parameters. ( J Am Heart Assoc. 2017;6:e004515. DOI: 10.1161/JAHA.116.004515.)

Invasive Group A Streptococcus (iGAS) infection information flyer

This flyer includes sections on signs of an iGAS infection, how the infection is spread, and how to stop an iGAS infection. A great, easy to understand flyer with lots of informative images and text.

Global Status of BPG Report

RHD Action Global report: BPG has been subject to global stock outs over the last decade in both high and low resource settings. The fragmented melee of manufactures, suppliers and procurement agencies has complicated attempts to describe the sources of drug or the scale of shortages. Irrespective of cause, it is clear that global shortages have had significant worldwide impact on countries and procurement agencies trying to purchase BPG. Benzathine penicillin G (BPG) is an injectable antibiotic which provides a prolonged level of penicillin in the blood.

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