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Rheumatic Heart Disease Australia

RHD Australia

Northern Territory

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.)

Video of Q&A Panel Event 2016 - Forgotten but not gone: Why does a third world disease exist in Australia

Hosted by Charlie King, OAM, the Rheumatic Heart Disease forum was held in Darwin in 2016, with discussion from experts, people with RHD and carers in a Q & A style presentation. ‘Why does a third world disease still exist in Australia?’ was the question asked at our Q&A panel event held at Parliament House, Darwin, on the 20th October. The community event raised awareness and generated discussion around a disease that has been all but forgotten in metropolitan and mainstream Australia.

"My Heart Keeps Beating" Music Video - Maningrida

Indigenous Hip Hop Projects was proud to partner with Malabam Health Service, GYS Maningrida and Menzies School of Health Research to work with Maningrida community to create this deadly Music Video 'Heart Keeps Beating'. We brought together many people from the community young and old who have RHD and listened to their powerful and emotional stories and personal experience about living with the disease.

Important Health Message: prevention of rheumatic fever: Arrernte

This short clip carries important health warnings and information about preventing acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease. This film is narrated in Arrernte language, please share it with communities who speak this language. Key messages for communities and families about the impact of acute rheumatic fever: people with rheumatic fever need penicillin in their body all the time to kill any strep germs and prevent heart damage; to prevent rheumatic fever; wash your hands; keep a clean house to keep the Strep germ away; and treat skin sores and sore throats.

Important Health Message: prevention of rheumatic fever: Kunwinjku

From the Take Heart film, this short clip carries important health warnings and information about preventing acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease. Take Heart Moonshine Agency Acute Rheumatic Fever- Important Health Message. This film is narrated in Kunwinjku language, please share it with communities who speak this language.

Important Health Message: prevention of rheumatic fever: Murrinh Patha

From the Take Heart film, this short clip carries important health warnings and information about preventing acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease. This film is narrated in Murrinh Patha language, please share it with the communities in the Northern Territory, Australia.

Important Health Message: prevention of rheumatic fever: Pintupi-Luritja

From the Take Heart film, this short clip carries important health warnings and information about preventing acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease. This film is narrated in Pintupi-Luritja language, please share it with the communities in the Northern Territory, Australia.

Important Health Message: prevention of rheumatic fever: Tiwi

From the Take Heart film, this short clip carries important health warnings and information about preventing acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease. This film is narrated in Tiwi language, please share it with the communities in the Northern Territory, Australia.

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