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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).

Take Heart - What is Rheumatic Heart Disease

A 6 minute video from the Take Heart film. What is Rheumatic Heart Disease?

Rheumatic Heart Disease, or RHD, starts in children as an infection from a common sore throat and possibly infected skin sores. And it can end in open heart surgery, stroke, heart failure or premature death. RHD is a progressive, chronic disease that can be fatal – that means that it progressively gets worse, stays with those who have it for life and can end their lives.

Paper Tracker radio show – Prof Carapetis on rheumatic heart disease [Radio program 249]

This radio program provides information on rheumatic heart disease (RHD). RHD affects many people living in regional and remote communities across Australia. The program outlines what RHD is, what causes it, how it affects people’s health and what can be done to prevent the disease.

Video of Q&A Panel Event 2016 - Forgotten but not gone: Why does a third world disease exist in Australia

Hosted by Charlie King, OAM, the Rheumatic Heart Disease forum was held in Darwin in 2016, with discussion from experts, people with RHD and carers in a Q & A style presentation. ‘Why does a third world disease still exist in Australia?’ was the question asked at our Q&A panel event held at Parliament House, Darwin, on the 20th October. The community event raised awareness and generated discussion around a disease that has been all but forgotten in metropolitan and mainstream Australia. Bringing acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease back into the public light.

"My Heart Keeps Beating" Music Video - 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 'Heart Keeps Beating'. We brought together many people from the community young and old who have RHD and listened to their powerful and emotional stories and personal experience about living with the disease. We worked with the talented young people and youth workers from Maningrida along with Traditional Songman Diddo and dancer/storyteller Hamish and Solomon.

“Gotta Keep it Strong” Music Video - 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. MAPI and partners are grateful for the generous support of the project’s major sponsor, Collgar Wind Farm.

Important Health Message: prevention of rheumatic fever: Arrernte

This short clip carries important health warnings and information about preventing acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease. This film is narrated in Arrernte language, please share it with communities who speak this language. Key messages for communities and families about the impact of acute rheumatic fever: people with rheumatic fever need penicillin in their body all the time to kill any strep germs and prevent heart damage; to prevent rheumatic fever; wash your hands; keep a clean house to keep the Strep germ away; and treat skin sores and sore throats.

Important Health Message: prevention of rheumatic fever: Kunwinjku

From the Take Heart film, this short clip carries important health warnings and information about preventing acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease. Take Heart Moonshine Agency Acute Rheumatic Fever- Important Health Message. This film is narrated in Kunwinjku language, please share it with communities who speak this language.

Important Health Message: prevention of rheumatic fever: Murrinh Patha

From the Take Heart film, this short clip carries important health warnings and information about preventing acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease. This film is narrated in Murrinh Patha language, please share it with the communities in the Northern Territory, Australia.

Important Health Message: prevention of rheumatic fever: Pintupi-Luritja

From the Take Heart film, this short clip carries important health warnings and information about preventing acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease. This film is narrated in Pintupi-Luritja language, please share it with the communities in the Northern Territory, Australia.

Important Health Message: prevention of rheumatic fever: Tiwi

From the Take Heart film, this short clip carries important health warnings and information about preventing acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease. This film is narrated in Tiwi language, please share it with the communities in the Northern Territory, Australia.

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