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Rheumatic Heart Disease Australia

RHD Resouces

Patients, Families & Communities

Patients, Families & Communities resource page about acute rheumatic fever (ARF) or rheumatic heart disease (RHD).

Acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease - resources for schools

This poster and video have been developed to provide an overview of acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease for people working in schools. School staff are well placed to assist children aged 5-14 years, their families and communities to prevent and manage these conditions.

Untreated sore throats and skin sores can lead to acute rheumatic fever, then to rheumatic heart disease, then to open heart surgery in high-risk children. Preventing sore throats and skin sores, and careful management of acute rheumatic fever prevents rheumatic heart disease.

 

COVID-19 (Coronovirus) Important Health Message - Australia - 6 Video Playlist

Link to TakeHeart playlist of 6 Important Health Messages on COVID-19. The videos are presented in English and five Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages from the following Northern Territory and Queensland communities:

The Journey of Health and Well-being - WA Health

The Journey of Health and Well-being is a 10-minute animated video which promotes an understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s experience from European colonisation to the present day. It demonstrates through examples, how events of the past play out in the present and offers a framework of hope and equity.

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Treatment Tracker App

Treatment Tracker is a free smartphone app for people receiving penicillin injections to prevent acute rheumatic fever. The app provides reminders for when injections are due, and encourages people to get their injections on time. The app can also be used by people who care for other people receiving penicillin injections.

RHD Champion4Change - Raychelle McKenzie

After speaking at the NACCHO Members Conference in Darwin in November 2019, Raychelle spoke with RHDAustralia about the work she's been doing with the Champions4Change program.

 

QLD COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information

Information for people who are living with acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease, and who are concerned about COVID-19 (the Coronavirus). 

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information Sheet - English

Information for people who are living with acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease, and who are concerned about COVID-19 (the Coronavirus). 

Michael's Story

This animated video follows the story of a 14 year old Aboriginal boy named Michael and his Aunty Mary. Michael visits the doctor with a sore knee and fever, and the doctor is worried that Michael has acute rheumatic fever. 

Stop rheumatic heart disease

This poster highlights relevant group A streptococcal infections and the common symptoms of acute rheumatic fever.

Preventing rheumatic heart disease - Yalmay Yunupingu, Yirrkala NT

Yalmay talks about preventing acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease in the Yolngu language. (includes English subtitles)

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

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