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Rheumatic Heart Disease Australia

RHD Resouces

Advanced Health Professionals

E-Learning - RHDAustralia clinician modules

Featuring 15 different topics on ARF & RHD, this advanced education package was designed by clinicians for clinicians. Each module was developed in consultation with a clinical expert on the module topic. Aimed at clinicians and senior health staff, topics range from an introduction to acute rheumatic fever through to medical management of rheumatic heart disease. These modules are designed to be a self-paced, interactive learning tool. Each module takes approximately 30-45 minutes to complete. Users can choose to do as many modules as they need to meet their learning requirements.

Injection Reminder cards

Cards to record next appointment

APNA Poster on ARF and RHD

Staff from RHDAustralia attended an exhibition booth and presented this poster at the Australian Primary Health Nurses Conference in Adelaide, 4-6th April 2019. The poster shows the progression of the disease from ARF to RHD, investigations for ARF, recommended care plans for RHD, and links to support resources for clinicians.

Balloon mitral valvuloplasty - live case

Prof Brian Bailey, Interventional Cardiologist at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, presents a live case of balloon mitral valvuloplasty. Presentation delivered at the Structural Heart Disease Australia Adult Congenital & Rheumatic Heart Disease Symposium 29th July 2017

Pregnancy and rheumatic heart disease case studies

Dr Lisa Simmons, Cardiologist at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, presents cases in rheumatic heart disease. Presentation delivered at the Structural Heart Disease Australia Adult Congenital & Rheumatic Heart Disease Symposium 29th July 2017.

The National Healthy Skin Guideline

The National Healthy Skin Guideline is available freely online, and is housed on the Telethon Kids Institute website with a suite of learning tools including photographs, a visual clinical handbook and an interactive questionnaire. It has been endorsed by close to 20 health organisations and was made possible thanks to funding from the Wesfarmers Centre of Vaccines and Infectious Diseases, based at Telethon Kids Institute, and HOT NORTH, based at the Menzies School of Health Research.

Days at Risk Poster and Paper

Preventing acute rheumatic fever by using the "Days at Risk" concept. Each day that a person is overdue for their BPG injection, is a day they are at risk of ARF. This paper provides more detailed information on the "Days at Risk" concept. Recall at 28 days leads to late secondary prophylaxis as it often takes a number of days to find a client. Consideration could be given to changing routine recall to 21 days.

Have You Heard of Rheumatic Heart Disease? As a Midwife, You Should Have!

An article from the Winter 2017 edition of Australian Midwifery News Magazine. How do you know if a pregnant woman has RHD? A midwife can ‘think RHD’ in the ‘at risk’ population, and trigger referrals for cardiac echo’s to diagnose RHD. Women without a known diagnosis of RHD can present with shortness of breath. A common complaint is, “I need extra pillows to sleep at night, I wake with no breath.” Tragically, what is happening is heart failure and pulmonary oedema filling the lungs.

Rheumatic Heart Disease publications | Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

The link will take you to a pre-filtered list of rheumatic heart disease related publications, administered by Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet. This is a comprehensive list of publications and resources including links to any full versions available on the Internet. This is an innovative Internet resource that aims to inform practice and policy in Indigenous health by making research and other knowledge readily accessible.

Administering Bicillin

To prevent acute rheumatic fever recurrence, secondary prophylaxis with bicillin (BPG) is required. It is given as an intramuscular (IM) injection. This video is presented in 5 sections; 1 Introduction, 2 Physiology, 3 Treatment, 4 IM injection site and methods, 5 Reducing pain, stress and inconvenience. (This video is the basis for the eLearning module which is available on the RHDAustralia e-learning platform). Developed in association with the Queensland RHD Control Program.