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A family's journey with acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease | the McAdam family

The McAdam family live every day with acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease. Cherie McAdam's daughter Kenya had recurrent acute rheumatic fever which was undiagnosed and resulted in Kenya developing rheumatic heart disease requiring emergency open heart surgery. Cherie's son Luke receives regular penicillin injections for acute rheumatic fever. By sharing their story, the family hope to raise awareness to improve care for other families.

Presented at RHDAustralia Seminar Series, Darwin, August 2014.

Qualitative research AMOSS rheumatic heart disease in pregnancy study | Sue Kruske

Dr Sue Kruske is a Professor in Maternal and Child Health at the University of Queensland. Here she presents the qualitative component of the AMOSS (Australian Maternity Outcomes Surveillance System) RHD in pregnancy study which explored womens' journeys with rheumatic heart disease. 

This presentation was delivered at teh RHDAustralia Seminar Series Darwin in 2014

Days at Risk | Keith Edwards

Dr Keith Edwards was the Community Paediatrician based in Darwin NT. Here he presents the theory of days at risk; the days during which a penicillin needle for acute rheumatic fever is overdue, and when the person is again susceptable to infections with group A streptococcus. He provides clear messages for improving timely secondary prophylaxis to prevent recurrent acute rheumatic fever.

This presentation was delivered at the RHDAustralia Seminar Series, Darwin, 12 August 2014. 

A story of rheumatic fever told by Berribob Watson

Berribob Watson lives in a remote area of the Northern territory. He contracted rheumatic heart disease as a young person, and he has managed the disease throughout his adult life. In this short film Berribob talks in his own language about his disease and reinforces the need for regular medical care.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that this resource may contain images and voices of people who have died. 

Echocardiography in rheumatic heart disease | Ben Reeves

Dr Ben Reeves is a paediatric cardiologist based in Cairns Qld. Here he presents on the use of echocardiography to diagnose rheumatic heart disease,

This presentation was delivered at the RHDAustralia Seminar Series in Cairns, July 2014.

Stop Sore Throats Hurting Hearts Campaign | New Zealand

Health Promotion Awareness in New Zealand is working with the Ministry of Health rheumatic fever prevention programme to raise awareness among parents, families and caregivers of school children within high risk communities about the importance of getting sore throats checked and treated as quickly as possible to prevent rheumatic fever. The website contains information about: All about sore throats; What is the treatment for strep throat? How does strep throat spread?

The quest to rid the world of rheumatic heart disease - Official Teaser

Take Heart is a moving picture advocacy project designed to put rheumatic heart disease on the global media and public health agendas. This is the official teaser of a full length feature released in 2016. It focuses on a young man in hospital having heart surgery.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that this video contains images of an Aboriginal person who has died.

The Heart of the Matter | Rheumatic heart disease | Western Australia

This short film provides education about rheumatic heart disease for health professionals working in Western Australia. The film feature Professor Jonathan Carapetis, Director, Telethon Kids Institute who provides some information and statistics about acute rheumatic fever and RHD plus information specific to RHD control in West Australia. (The WA RHD Prgram relocated to Perth in 2018, and there have been several staff changes since this video was released).

Keeping up with the Joneses - Melanie Thompson

Dr Melanie Thompson presents an overview of the symptoms of acute rheumatic fever (the Jones criteria) to raise awareness for health staff working in remote areas. 

Sore throat can lead to a broken heart - ASAP Programme

This short rap (performed by students of the Cape Music Institute) raises awareness about the importance of penicillin in preventing sore throats which could lead to damage to the heart valves, and rheumatic heart disease. The ASAP programme, launched by the Pan-African Society of Africa in 2006, is a focused action plan using Awareness, Surveillance, Advocacy and Prevention to galvanise efforts, identify and strengthen interventions and create political will to stem the tide of RHD.