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The rise of ARF and RHD in First Nations communities: How Champions4Change are helping communities

Director of RHDAustralia, Vicki Wade speaks to First Nations Radio (94.5FM) on the latest report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare showing the rise of Acute Rheumatic Fever (ARF) and Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD) in first nation communities, and how her program Champions 4 Change is helping individuals and communities find support while managing ARF and RHD.

A patient's guide to getting a bicillin injection

Young people aged between 5 to 14 years are at the highest risk of developing an initial episode of ARF. Patients identified as being at risk of ARF recurrences and the development of or worsening RHD require frequent prophylactic treatment with penicillin antibiotics, for at least ten years. Benzathine benzylpenicillin (Bicillin L-A) intramuscular injection is administered at least every four weeks. These injections can be extremely painful and distressing for children.

Diagnosis and management of acute rheumatic fever

As part of the 2021 Brisbane RHD Workshop, Paediatric Cardiologist, Dr Robert Justo, Director Queensland Paediatric Cardiac Service, presents on diagnosis and management of acute rheumatic fever; using the ARF diagnosis calculator app and a prepared case study to highlight how to use the calculator as a diagnostic tool that can assist clinicians.

Women and girls with RHD and pre-pregnancy care planning for woman with RHD

As part of the 2021 Brisbane RHD Workshop, Dr Cecelia O Brien (Townsville Hospital). Obstetricians are experienced in caring for pregnant women with RHD. This presentation helps clinicians with developing a management plan for a woman with rheumatic heart disease while incorporating realistic goals with patients.

National and Queensland based resources for ARF and RHD

As part of the 2021 Brisbane RHD Workshop,, Kylie McKenna, Manager, QLD RHD Program talks to participants about ARF and RHD resources that are available to support patients, families and communities including the ARF Diagnosis App, Health Pathways, notification forms, the RHD Endgame Strategy and other helpful information.

A snapshot of rheumatic heart disease in Queensland

As part of the 2021 Brisbane RHD Workshop, Kylie McKenna, Manager, QLD RHD Program presents an overview of acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease in Queensland, the number of people living with the disease, where they live, and how the control program works with clients in the state.

Case based discussion (RHD diagnosis and management, including secondary prophylaxis)

As part of the 2021 Brisbane RHD Workshop, Dr William Wang, Cardiologist, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, and Conjoint Associate Professor of Medicine UQ, presents on how to determine the people who require primary and secondary prevention of acute rheumatic fever in the primary care setting. He also discusses appropriate strategies to improve/maximise delivery of secondary prophylaxis in the practice.

Hip Hop 2 SToP

Kids hip hop to stop painful skin infections in the Kimberley region. Telethon Kids Institute researchers have launched the Hip Hop 2 SToP video featuring school kids participating in their SToP Trial project designed to see, treat and prevent skin infections in WA’s Kimberley region.

Rheumatic Fever - Detailed YouTube Video (47min)

Join the Ninja Nerd Medicine lecture on Rheumatic fever where they have a discussion on the pathophysiology and diagnostic workup involved in rheumatic fever along with the most common types of causes of rheumatic fever!

Primordial prevention of acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease

This video is designed for health care workers who require an introductory knowledge of the prevention of ARF and RHD and is the first video in the 'Prevention of Rheumatic Heart Disease' e-learning module.

More information is available in the 2020 Australian guideline for prevention, diagnosis and management of acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease, 3rd edition, particularly the Primordial and Primary Prevention chapters.

The learning objectives are to: