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Rheumatic Heart Disease Australia


Acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease are not currently notifiable conditions in Victoria.

However we are motivated to detect cases and provide education and support to families and community clinicians within Victoria. Our goal is to achieve optimal monitoring and care to patients with ARF and RHD living in Victoria.

We can also provide diagnostic and management advice to the patient's primary clinician if required.

If you have a patient that you suspect or is known to have ARF or RHD, please refer to the appropriate clinics below:

Paediatrics: A/Prof Andrew Steer, Paediatric Infectious Diseases Physician, Royal Children's Hospital,

Adults: Please contact Charis Brown via email:

The Cardiology Department (at St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne) has been awarded a $160K grant from the SVHA Inclusive Health Program (IHP) to establish a rheumatic heart disease program and to improve Indigenous Cardiac care in Victoria. The grant will run over the next 2 years (2018-2020) and allow for the further development of Indigenous Cardiac care on the St Vincent's Campus, allow for an enhancement of the current service at the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service, and to establish further outreach services including echocardiography, consultation cardiology and nursing services.

Last Updated 
29 June 2020