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Rheumatic Heart Disease Australia

RHD Resouces

Health Professionals

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.

Clinician and Patient Bookmarks with resources

We have two bookmarks available for order from our Darwin office. They are perfect for handing out to clinicians and/or patients. The first bookmark is for clinicians and features a QR code which quickly links to the ARF Diagnosis and Guideline App while the back contains information on our free e-learning modules. The second bookmark is for patients and features a QR code to quickly link the Treatment Tracker App, which is an app to remind people when their injections are due. The back features a link to our resources page and highlights the 'Sharing a Heartbeat' short film.

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.

Queensland Think ARF Lanyard Card

The Queensland RHD Register and Control Program aims to improve detection, monitoring, and management of acute rheumatic fever (ARF) and rheumatic heart disease (RHD) in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities through a coordinated register and control program. They have developed this double sided lanyard card that helps health professionals recognise the signs and symptoms of ARF and provides a list of the tests to be completed for the diagnosis of ARF. Please contact the QLD RHD Control Program if you would like to order these lanyard cards.

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.

Resource flyer with links

This interactive PDF contains information and links to our free ARF diagnosis app, free treatment tracker app, short films, and free elearning modules. Great for sending in an email to anyone you think may be interested in utilising these resources.

Co-designing Accessible Health Messages: Local Activities Support Local Goals

Poster presented at the 2018 CRANAplus Conference. Recent work (2018) in remote areas describes the requirements for co-creation of health education resources in an appropriate cultural context - achieving inclusive and equitable quality education for all in the prevention of rheumatic heart disease (RHD).

Traditional Owner Takes Action on Preventing RHD in Maningrida - Take Heart

My name is Joseph Diddo. I work in language culture. I am a traditional land owner in Maningrida. And support the children to learn about the things like we do. Back in day one, the old people didn't know we going to see the witch doctor like Guragone and try to get their help with the bush medicine but couldn't help. They came to the language and culture to support and the understanding what the rheumatic heart thing comes up and then there's, so we link together in language, in English, to understand together.

Treatment Tracker Video

Treatment Tracker is a free to use phone app for people who are on penicillin injections to prevent acute rheumatic fever. The app can also be used by people who care for other people on these penicillin injections. The app reminds people when their injection is due or when they have an appointment for their injection AND motivates people to get their injections on time.

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.

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