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Queensland RHD Register and Control Program

The Queensland (Qld) RHD Control Program aims to reduce the burden of acute rheumatic fever (ARF) and rheumatic heart disease (RHD) in the Qld 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 with Government Hospital and Health Services, Aboriginal Medical Services, and tertiary referral centres, with a focus on adding value to existing structures, systems, and services by:

  • providing advice and support to clients and family members in conjunction with staff.
  • providing advice on clients’ treatment requirements.
  • developing educational and promotional materials and resources.
  • building capacity in local communities and health service facilities.

Data Protection

The release of clinical data from the register is governed by processes which protect the privacy and confidentiality of individuals. Queries should be directed to Program Manager.

Legislated notification of ARF and RHD

Medical Practitioners and Nurse Practitioners have a legal obligation to notify cases of ARF and RHD in Qld. For more information contact the Program on 1300 135 854. 

ARF notification form

RHD notification form



T: 1300 135 854 
F: 1300 429 536 

New South Wales

Northern Territory

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Last updated 
13 January 2023