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New South Wales RHD Control Program

The New South Wales (NSW) RHD Control Program aims to reduce the burden of acute rheumatic fever (ARF) and rheumatic heart disease (RHD) in the NSW population. The objectives of the Program are to:

  • improve clinical care for people living with ARF and RHD including delivery of secondary prophylaxis antibiotics.
  • provide disease education and training for the health workforce, individuals, families, and communities.
  • maintain a dedicated statewide patient register and recall system for ARF and RHD.
  • provide data for national epidemiological reporting.

The Program works closely with primary health care services to improve awareness of ARF and RHD among the health workforce.

Legislated notification of ARF and RHD

Medical Practitioners have a legal obligation to notify cases of ARF, and cases of RHD up to 35 years of age according to Schedule 1 (Scheduled medical conditions) and Schedule 2 (Notifiable Diseases) of the NSW Public Health Act 2010. For more information contact the Program on 1300 066 055 (within NSW) or (02) 9391 9195 (outside NSW).

Notification form


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P: 1300 066 055 (within NSW)
P: (02) 9391 9195 (outside NSW)
F: (02) 9391 9189

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Last updated 
15 December 2022