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Rheumatic Heart Disease Australia

RHD Australia


Michael's Story

This video follows the story of a 14 year old Aboriginal boy named Michael and his Aunty Mary. It contains information you should know if your child or family member has had an episode of acute rheumatic fever.

A message from Yalmay Yunupingu Yirrkala Community

Yalmay speaks in Yolngu language in this 2 minute Video about the prevention of rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease.

Rheumatic Heart Disease - Siona 'Gayili' Yunipingu's story

Video from St Vincent's Health collaboration with Heart Foundation. Gayili tells her story about RHD from Yirrkala in the NT.

Boom Boom!

Written for kids, by kids from the remote Aboriginal community of Barunga, 'Boom Boom' aims to teach children how to prevent deadly rheumatic heart disease (RHD).

What is acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease? An explainer video and poster for school staff

This brief overview of acute rheumatic fever (ARF) and rheumatic heart disease (RHD) is aimed at school staff, who are well placed to assist children aged 5-14 years, their families and communities to prevent and manage these conditions. Sore throats can lead to open heart surgery in high risk populations. We encourage all school staff to watch the video and download the poster for displaying around the school.

Traditional Owner Takes Action on Preventing RHD in Maningrida - Take Heart

My name is Joseph Diddo. I work in language culture. I am a traditional land owner in Maningrida. And support the children to learn about the things like we do. Back in day one, the old people didn't know we going to see the witch doctor like Guragone and try to get their help with the bush medicine but couldn't help. They came to the language and culture to support and the understanding what the rheumatic heart thing comes up and then there's, so we link together in language, in English, to understand together.

Treatment Tracker Video

Treatment Tracker is a free to use phone app for people who are on penicillin injections to prevent acute rheumatic fever. The app can also be used by people who care for other people on these penicillin injections. The app reminds people when their injection is due or when they have an appointment for their injection AND motivates people to get their injections on time.

Heart Song - IHHP Lajamanu

Indigenous Hip Hop Projects was proud to partner with Katherine West Health Board and the Lajamanu Community NT to create this follow up deadly Music Video/ Health Resource. The key message was focused on the serious heart disease Rheumatic Fever. Every person in community has the power to make the right choice and lead a happy healthy life. Community members who have this illness need to get a jab every 28 days to keep them healthy. Respect to Lajamanu Community. We were honoured to have North Tanami Band assisting us with this creative process and recording the deadly song.

Sharing a Heartbeat 2: A short film about RHD in pregnancy (BURARRA)

A short movie for young women with Rheumatic Heart Disease and their families. This film is developed, written and directed by Australian Indigenous women. It is in their words, and has their questions about RHD answered. A sequel to 'Sharing a Heartbeat', Tess and Jamie want to start a family.

Sharing a Heartbeat: A short film about RHD in pregnancy (BURARRA)

This is a 13 minute film directed by Indigenous women about fertility, pregnancy and family for young Indigenous women who have rheumatic heart disease (RHD). This is culturally appropriate health information for a target audience of girls and young women from ages 13 to 20s who have mild to moderate RHD. It does not cover severe RHD and valve repair or replacements. Friends and families of young women may also like to view this film to better understand how to support young women have a healthy pregnancy.