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Rheumatic Heart Disease Australia

RHD Australia


Information for clinicians in Queensland

ARF can lead to rheumatic heart disease, disability, open heart surgery and death. ARF and RHD are prevalent in children and young adults in Queensland. They are caused by Strep A (Streptococcus pyogenes) infection of the throat and skin. Clinical differentiation and management of viral and bacterial pharyngitis is specialised in high risk groups in communities with very high rates of Strep A infection. High risk populations include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, Maoris, refugees, migrants from developing countries and Pacific Islander populations.

Eddie Masina with a Stayin' Strong health message

This Stayin' Strong message featuring Eddie Masina is a segment of a larger interview Eddie Masina did with 98.9FM - Brisbane Indigenous Media Association.

Infective Endocarditis A3 Poster

Waiting room poster, designed for dental clinics, to alert patients with a heart condition to alert their dental professional

Infective Endocarditis Information and wallet card

The wallet card informs the at-risk patients as well as their dental professionals that there may be a need for IE prophylaxis prior to procedures such as dental extractions. Even if the patient is already receiving secondary antibiotic prophylaxis to prevent ARF recurrence, they will still need IE prophylaxis prior to certain invasive procedures. The cards, together with the A3 posters announcing the existence of the cards, were developed collaboratively between the Cairns & Hinterland HHS Oral Health Services, Cardiac Services and the statewide Rheumatic Heart Disease Program, Queensla

Rheumatic valve disease New Zealand perspective

Powerpoint presentation delivered at RHDAustralia Evening Symposium, Brisbane, 22nd March 2016 by Dr. Adam El Gamel (Clinical Director Cardiac Surgery at Waikato Hospital, Hamilton, NZ and Associate Professor at Auckland University). This is an overview of RHD and cardiac surgery, including surgical considerations, tissue vs mechanical valves.

Cardiac Surgery: Patient's Journey

Powerpoint presentation by Dr Bo Remenyi at the RHDAustralia Evening Symposium, Brisbane, 22 March 2016. Dr. Remenyi is a paediatric cardiologist at Royal Darwin Hospital, and describes the journey of 2 children from diagnosis of rheumatic fever through heart failure and heart surgery. It includes the additonal pressure exerted on the family when a child is in hospital.

Acute Rheumatic Fever and Rheumatic Heart Disease

Overview of Qld RHD control program and statistics presented by Dr Stephen Lambert at the RHDAustralia Evening Symposium, Brisbane, 22 March 2016. Dr Stephen Lambert is Senior Medical Officer, Queensland Dept of Health.

Unresolved Issues in ARF and RHD: What we know we don't know

Power point presented by Professor Bart Currie at the RHDAustralia Evening Symposium, Brisbane, 22 March 2016. Professor Bart Currie is Director of RHDAustralia and Team leader, Tropical and Emerging Infectious Diseases at Menzies School of Health Research. This presentation includes Group A Strep susceptibility, prevention, optimal prophylaxis, BPG dosing

Advances in Research and Technology

Advances in Research and Technology, presented by Professor Jonathan Carapetis at the RHDAustralia Evening Symposium, Brisbane, 22 March 2016. Professor Carapetis is the Director at Telethon Kids and Director RhEACH (Rheumatic Heart Disease Evidence Advocacy Communication Hope), a technical support and policy translation initiative to amplify rheumatic heart disease control efforts locally, regionally and globally.

E-Learning - Administering Bicillin: reducing pain, stress and inconvenience experienced by patients who need 3 – 4 weekly IM Bicillin LA

This online module for clinicians and health workers provides an overview of the different injection sites for Bicillin LA, as well as techniques and strategies that may help minimise the pain, stress and inconvenience for people with a history of acute rheumatic fever or rheumatic heart disease. To complete the module please register or logon to our learning management system (links below). The module was funded by Pfizer Australia, and produced by the Queensland Rheumatic Heart Disease Control Program and RHDAustralia.