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Rheumatic Heart Disease Australia

RHD Australia


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.

Rheumatic Heart Disease: forgotten but not gone

This short video includes sections of interviews with medical experts from across the globe talking about rheumatic heart disease. (includes subtitles)

Rheumatic heart disease as a chronic heart condition, caused by rheumatic fever, that results in the disability and death. Rheumatic heart disease is described within the context of being a marker of poverty and a disease of inequality.

Rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease

This short film addresses key prevention and treatment messages about acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease for patients, families and communities.

Follow Lyndsay's journey as he comes to terms with his treatment for acute rheumatic fever.

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