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

Important Health Message: prevent rheumatic fever: Warlpiri

This short film contains an important health message in the Warlpiri 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: Pitjantjatjara

This short film contains an important health message in the Pitjantjatjara 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: Yolngu Matha

This short film contains an important health message in the Yolngu Matha 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: Anindilyakwa

This short film contains an important health message in the Anindilyakwa 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: Burarra

This short film contains an important health message in the Burarra 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.

Take Heart App

The Take Heart App is designed to help people who require regular penicillin injections to protect themselves from rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease. It is also useful for family, friends, co-workers, health workers and clinic staff caring for people who require regular injections. The app contains several, easy-to-use tools and alerts designed to help people stay on track with their regular 28 or 21 day injection program. 

Don't miss out on the things you love - calendar

Together with the Aboriginal community in South Australia, SA Health has developed a calendar to educate people about the importance of acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease through simple messages and testimonials. The calendar contains photos of people talking about why they look after their hearts and what they don't want to miss out on, and general information acute rheumatic fever or rheumatic heart disease.

Important Health Message: prevent rheumatic fever: English

This short film contains an important health message in English. 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.

Sticking to Treatment rap - Nelson Baker

West Australian performance artist Nelson Baker has turned his experience of living with rheumatic heart disease into a powerful video message for other young Australians. The rap Sticking to Treatment was written by Nelson and the music video was produced by Goolarri Media for the Western Australia Country Health Service. In this short video, Nelson talks about the importance of many years of regular penicillin needles to keep him healthy after having acute rheumatic fever.

A family's journey with acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease | the McAdam family

The McAdam family live every day with acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease. Cherie McAdam's daughter Kenya had recurrent acute rheumatic fever which was undiagnosed and resulted in Kenya developing rheumatic heart disease requiring emergency open heart surgery. Cherie's son Luke receives regular penicillin injections for acute rheumatic fever. By sharing their story, the family hope to raise awareness to improve care for other families.

Presented at RHDAustralia Seminar Series, Darwin, August 2014.

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