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Rheumatic Heart Disease Australia

RHD Australia

RHD Australia

RHD Australia

E-Learning - RHDAustralia clinician modules

Featuring 15 different topics on ARF & RHD, this advanced education package was designed by clinicians for clinicians. Each module was developed in consultation with a clinical expert on the module topic. Aimed at clinicians and senior health staff, topics range from an introduction to acute rheumatic fever through to medical management of rheumatic heart disease. These modules are designed to be a self-paced, interactive learning tool. Each module takes approximately 30-45 minutes to complete. Users can choose to do as many modules as they need to meet their learning requirements.

Administering Bicillin

To prevent acute rheumatic fever recurrence, secondary prophylaxis with bicillin (BPG) is required. It is given as an intramuscular (IM) injection. This video is presented in 5 sections; 1 Introduction, 2 Physiology, 3 Treatment, 4 IM injection site and methods, 5 Reducing pain, stress and inconvenience. (This video is the basis for the eLearning module which is available on the RHDAustralia e-learning platform). Developed in association with the Queensland RHD Control Program.

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.)

Paper Tracker radio show – Prof Carapetis on rheumatic heart disease [Radio program 249]

This radio program provides information on rheumatic heart disease (RHD). RHD affects many people living in regional and remote communities across Australia. The program outlines what RHD is, what causes it, how it affects people’s health and what can be done to prevent the disease.

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.

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

The Makulkul Mob - Wadeye

A music video from the community of Wadeye. The kids sing about strong hearts and strong bodies in the local language of Murrinhpatha. Produced by Red Dust and showcasing the talented students from Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School, they highlight nutrition, physical activity, hygiene and beign smoke free for a healthy heart. The song also introduces the signs that students should be aware in relation to rheumatic fever, which affects the heart.