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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).

A story of rheumatic fever told by Berribob Watson

Berribob Watson lives in a remote area of the Northern territory. He contracted rheumatic heart disease as a young person, and he has managed the disease throughout his adult life. In this short film Berribob talks in his own language about his disease and reinforces the need for regular medical care.

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

Stop Sore Throats Hurting Hearts Campaign | New Zealand

Health Promotion Awareness in New Zealand is working with the Ministry of Health rheumatic fever prevention programme to raise awareness among parents, families and caregivers of school children within high risk communities about the importance of getting sore throats checked and treated as quickly as possible to prevent rheumatic fever. The website contains information about: All about sore throats; What is the treatment for strep throat? How does strep throat spread?

The quest to rid the world of rheumatic heart disease - Official Teaser

Take Heart is a moving picture advocacy project designed to put rheumatic heart disease on the global media and public health agendas. This is the official teaser of a full length feature released in 2016. It focuses on a young man in hospital having heart surgery.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that this video contains images of an Aboriginal person who has died.

Mary's Story - Things you need to know

Aunty Mary tells her story about her nephew with ARF, illustrated with cartoons and photos. Information you should know if your child or family member has had acute rheumatic fever or rheumatic heart disease. For further information or to access a copy of this resource contact the RHD control program in your area or RHDAustralia: http://www.rhdaustralia.org.au/rhd-programs.

What is acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease?

This brief introduction to acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease is designed for members of the community, It contains an overview of these conditions, how they affect the body, and how the can be prevented.

nothin deadly about a sore throat

Comic style booklet for young people highlighting the importance of preventing and treating sore throats and skin sores.

Rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease - ARDS Yolŋu Radio

In this comprehensive 14-part radio series, Dr Alyssa Vass is joined by Yolŋu consultants to explain acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease. Topics include how it occurs, prevention, management and treatment. 

This serices aired on the Yolŋu Radio Service in 2016 (Northern Territory - Top End, East Arhnem). 

Recognising & treating skin conditions

This full-colour flipchart is specifically targeted at an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander audience for whom English is not a first language. It uses photographs and easy-to-understand descriptions to show and explain the different kinds of skin conditions likely to affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and how best to treat them. It is designed for use by health professionals working in remote locations but, due to the confronting nature of the images, it may not suited for broad dissemination. The flipchart can be downloaded, but is not available in hard copy.

Sore throat can lead to a broken heart - ASAP Programme

This short rap (performed by students of the Cape Music Institute) raises awareness about the importance of penicillin in preventing sore throats which could lead to damage to the heart valves, and rheumatic heart disease. The ASAP programme, launched by the Pan-African Society of Africa in 2006, is a focused action plan using Awareness, Surveillance, Advocacy and Prevention to galvanise efforts, identify and strengthen interventions and create political will to stem the tide of RHD.

Rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease

This short film addresses key prevention and treatment messages about acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease for patients, families and communities.

Follow Lyndsay's journey as he comes to terms with his treatment for acute rheumatic fever.

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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