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Rheumatic Heart Disease Australia

RHD Resouces

Framework for a nurse practitioner role in acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease

This framework presents a case for a nurse practitioner role in the prevention and management of acute rheumatic fever (ARF) and rheumatic heart disease (RHD). The framework demonstrates how a nurse practitioner could play a pivotal role in building the capacity of the health service to provide a more systematic, timely and coordinated approach to addressing service gaps and improving outcomes in the management of ARF and RHD The majority of ARF and RHD patients in Australia are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in remote and rural areas where remoteness; transient population; poor living and education standards; high health practitioner turnover; and limited knowledge of the disease all contribute to delays and deficiencies in health service delivery and, ultimately, to the burden of disease.
Author / Authors 
RHDAustralia
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RHDAustralia
Year of publication 
2015
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