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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).

(RHD) Forgotten but not gone - Q&A Panel Event 2016

Hosted by Charlie King, OAM, this panel was held in Darwin in 2016. It includes discussion from experts, people with RHD and carers in a question and answer style presentation. ‘Why does a third world disease still exist in Australia?’ The community event raised awareness and generated discussion around a disease that has been all but forgotten in metropolitan and mainstream Australia, with the aim of bringing acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease onto the public agenda.

My Heart Keeps Beating song - IHHP Maningrida

Indigenous Hip Hop Projects was proud to partner with Malabam Health Service, GYS Maningrida and Menzies School of Health Research to work with Maningrida community to create this deadly music video/health resource.

The video includes many people from the community who have rheumatic heart disease, and the talented young people and youth workers from Maningrida along with Traditional Songman Diddo and dancer/storyteller Hamish and Solomon. 

Gotta Keep it Strong song - IHHP Merredin

Indigenous Hip Hop Projects was proud to work with the Njaki Njaki community of Merredin and partner with the Merredin Aboriginal Project Inc. (MAPI), University of Western Australia, Centre for Aboriginal Medical and Dental Health and Telethon Kids Institute to create this music video/health resource.

Important Health Message: prevent rheumatic fever: Arrernte

This short film contains an important health message in the Arrernte language. It contains information about preventing acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease in rural and remote Australian communities. Key messages include the importance of hand washing and healthy environments to prevent Strep A infections, prompt treatment for sore throats and skin sores, regular penicillin injections to stop acute rheumatic fever, and the impact of acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Important Health Message: prevent rheumatic fever: Kunwinjku

This short film contains an important health message in the Kunwinjku language. It contains information about preventing acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease in rural and remote Australian communities. Key messages include the importance of hand washing and healthy environments to prevent Strep A infections, prompt treatment for sore throats and skin sores, regular penicillin injections to stop acute rheumatic fever, and the impact of acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Important Health Message: prevent rheumatic fever: Murrinh Patha

This short film contains an important health message in the Murrinh Patha language. It contains information about preventing acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease in rural and remote Australian communities. Key messages include the importance of hand washing and healthy environments to prevent Strep A infections, prompt treatment for sore throats and skin sores, regular penicillin injections to stop acute rheumatic fever, and the impact of acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Important Health Message: prevent rheumatic fever: Pintupi-Luritja

This short film contains an important health message in the Pintupi-Luritja language. It contains information about preventing acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease in rural and remote Australian communities. Key messages include the importance of hand washing and healthy environments to prevent Strep A infections, prompt treatment for sore throats and skin sores, regular penicillin injections to stop acute rheumatic fever, and the impact of acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Important Health Message: prevent rheumatic fever: Tiwi

This short film contains an important health message in the Tiwi language. It contains information about preventing acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease in rural and remote Australian communities. Key messages include the importance of hand washing and healthy environments to prevent Strep A infections, prompt treatment for sore throats and skin sores, regular penicillin injections to stop acute rheumatic fever, and the impact of acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

The Makulkul Mob song - Wadeye NT

This music video was developed by the community memebrs of Wadeye. Chidlren sing about strong hearts and strong bodies in the local language of Murrinhpatha. Produced by Red Dust and showcasing the talented students from Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School, they highlight nutrition, physical activity, hygiene and being smoke-free for a healthy heart. The song also introduces the signs that students should be aware in relation to acute rheumatic fever, which affects the heart. (contains subtitles)

Important Health Message: prevent rheumatic fever: West Kimberley Kriol

This short film contains an important health message in the West Kimberley Kriol language. It contains information about preventing acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease in rural and remote Australian communities. Key messages include the importance of hand washing and healthy environments to prevent Strep A infections, prompt treatment for sore throats and skin sores, regular penicillin injections to stop acute rheumatic fever, and the impact of acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

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