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Leading paediatrician and infectious diseases specialist, Professor Jonathan Carapetis, recently visited the town of Broome on the Kimberley coast of Western Australia, along with over 50 other health professionals and medical students, to share an evening of information, discussion and new perspectives on Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD).
Professor Carapetis recently took up the position of Director at the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research in Perth after six years leading the Menzies School of Health Research in Darwin. While in Broome, Professor Carapetis provided insight into RHD, discussing the global burden of the disease and Acute Rheumatic Fever (ARF). Current research includes community randomised control trials of strategies to improve adherence to secondary prophylaxis, investigations into the genetics of RHD, screening for RHD, immunology of ARF, skin disease control and the New Zealand-Australia ARF Vaccine Initiative.
RHDAustralia's Deputy Director Claire Boardman discussed several methods that RHDAustralia are focusing on to achieve their goal of reducing death and disability from ARF/RHD in Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Ms Boardman emphasised the significance of ARF/RHD on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the important role that primary health care plays.
Source: RHDAustralia and Telethon Institute of Child Health Research
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