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Rheumatic Heart Disease Australia

RHD Australia

Diagnosis and Management

Think ARF Lanyard Card

Double-sided lanyard card to assist health professionals recognise signs, symptoms and tests to be completed for the diagnosis of ARF. Developed by Queensland RHD Program.

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.

Information for clinicians in Queensland

ARF can lead to rheumatic heart disease, disability, open heart surgery and death. ARF and RHD are prevalent in children and young adults in Queensland. They are caused by Strep A (Streptococcus pyogenes) infection of the throat and skin. Clinical differentiation and management of viral and bacterial pharyngitis is specialised in high risk groups in communities with very high rates of Strep A infection. High risk populations include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, Maoris, refugees, migrants from developing countries and Pacific Islander populations.

Information for General Practitioners (GPs), Nurses and Health Practitioners in the NT

ARF can lead to rheumatic heart disease, disability, open heart surgery and death, especially when recurrent episodes occur. ARF and RHD are prevalent in children and young adults in the Northern Territory. They are caused by Strep A (Streptococcus pyogenes) infection of the throat and skin. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations are at high risk, but also consider the diagnosis in other population groups including migrants and Pacific Islanders. The management of pharyngitis and skin sores is different in the Northern Territory.

Important Health Message: prevention of rheumatic fever: Torres Strait Creole

This short clip carries important health warnings and information about preventing acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease. This film is narrated in Torres Strait Creole language, please share it with communities who speak this language. Key messages for communities and families about the impact of acute rheumatic fever: people with rheumatic fever need penicillin in their body all the time to kill any strep germs and prevent heart damage; to prevent rheumatic fever; wash your hands; keep a clean house to keep the Strep germ away; and treat skin sores and sore throats.

Important Health Message: prevention of rheumatic fever: Ndjebbana

This short clip carries important health warnings and information about preventing acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease. This film is narrated in Ndjebbana language, please share it with communities who speak this language. Key messages for communities and families about the impact of acute rheumatic fever: people with rheumatic fever need penicillin in their body all the time to kill any strep germs and prevent heart damage; to prevent rheumatic fever; wash your hands; keep a clean house to keep the Strep germ away; and treat skin sores and sore throats.

Sydenham's Chorea 2

Demonstration of a young girl with chorea

Sydenham's Chorea

Demonstration of a young boy with chorea

Acute rheumatic fever signs and symptoms - Dr Bo Remenyi

A very concise 1min 38sec audio recording of Dr Bo Remenyi talking about the signs and symptoms of acute rheumatic. Quick and to the point. If your children have any of these symptoms take them to the clinic straight away.

Patient Story - SA Health Rheumatic Heart Disease Awareness

This video provides a snapshot of a patient/family story which has been paired with clinical detail to raise awareness of rheumatic heart disease.

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