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Rheumatic Heart Disease Australia

RHD Australia

Guidelines

RHDAustralia Lanyard Cards

RHDAustralia has developed two lanyard cards for clinicians that are available for special order through our office in Darwin. 1. Quick Reference Card - The front features a QR code to quickly link to the ARF Diagnosis and Guideline App while the back contains the upper limits normal for the serum streptococcal anitbody titres and the upper limits of normal P-R interval. 2. Diagnosis Card - The front features a QR code to quickly link to the ARF Diagnosis and Guideline App while the back contains important information on presentation and management of possible ARF.

Queensland Think ARF Lanyard Card

The Queensland RHD Register and Control Program aims to improve detection, monitoring, and management of acute rheumatic fever (ARF) and rheumatic heart disease (RHD) in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities through a coordinated register and control program. They have developed this double sided lanyard card that helps health professionals recognise the signs and symptoms of ARF and provides a list of the tests to be completed for the diagnosis of ARF. Please contact the QLD RHD Control Program if you would like to order these lanyard cards.

The National Healthy Skin Guideline

The National Healthy Skin Guideline is available freely online, and is housed on the Telethon Kids Institute website with a suite of learning tools including photographs, a visual clinical handbook and an interactive questionnaire. It has been endorsed by close to 20 health organisations and was made possible thanks to funding from the Wesfarmers Centre of Vaccines and Infectious Diseases, based at Telethon Kids Institute, and HOT NORTH, based at the Menzies School of Health Research.

Framework for a nurse practitioner role in acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease

This framework presents a case for a nurse practitioner role in the prevention and management of acute rheumatic fever (ARF) and rheumatic heart disease (RHD).

Tools for implementing rheumatic heart disease control programmes: TIPS Handbook

The TIPS Handbook provides a resource for people and places contemplating a rheumatic heart disease control programme. The collation of decades of implementation experience from around the world provides a solid foundation for customised programme development. TIPS presents a simple overview of rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease, and opportunities for intervention, alongside a priority based framework for programme delivery. The resource is intended to support the description, development and delivery of rheumatic heart disease control programmes.

Tools for implementing rheumatic heart disease control programmes: 'Quick TIPS'.

The Quick TIPS guide provides a resource for people and places contemplating a rheumatic heart disease control programme. The collation of decades of implementation experience from around the world provides a solid foundation for customised programme development. TIPS presents a simple overview of acute rheumatic fever, rheumatic heart disease, and opportunities for intervention, alongside a priority based framework for programme delivery.

Quick reference guide 7: Rheumatic heart disease control programs

This chapter from the quick reference guide focuses on secondary prophylaxis of ARF. In someone who is known to have had ARF, secondary prophylaxis is the only RHD control strategy shown to be effective and cost-effective at both individual and population levels. Effective RHD management involves regular clinical follow up, with specialist review and echocardiography. (Information derived from the Australian guideline for prevention, diagnosis and management of acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease (2nd ed))

Quick reference guide 6: Rheumatic heart disease in pregnancy

This chapter from the quick reference guide focuses on assessment and managment of patients with known rheumatic valvular disease before pregnancy. Discussion regarding fertility planning should be undertaken with all women with more than mild valvular disease, even if immediate pregnancy is not planned. Information derived from the Australian guideline for prevention, diagnosis and management of acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease (2nd edn).

Quick reference guide 5: Management of rheumatic heart disease

This chapter from the quick reference guide focuses on the long-term management of RHD to prevent ARF recurrences, and prevention of the progression of RHD. Information derived from the Australian guideline for prevention, diagnosis and management of acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease (2nd edn).

Quick reference guide 4: Secondary prevention of acute rheumatic fever

This chapter from the quick reference guide focuses on secondary prevention of further episodes of ARF as a priority. Secondary prophylaxis with regular benzathine penicillin G (BPG) is the only RHD control strategy shown to be effective and cost-effective at both community and population levels. Information is derived from the Australian guideline for prevention, diagnosis and management of acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease (2nd edn).

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