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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin

Acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease guidelines released

Date posted: 2 May 2012

Applying the latest available evidence, RHD Australia, an initiative of the Menzies School of Health Research, led a comprehensive review of the 2006 guidelines originally produced by the Heart Foundation and the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand.

The revised guideline expands on the first edition to provide clinicians with additional information on preventative action, diagnosis and management of acute rheumatic fever (ARF) and rheumatic heart disease (RHD).

The new guidelines have clarified common questions and broadened the diagnosis criteria for probable ARF in high risk groups in order to assist clinicians when there are uncertain cases of ARF. A summary of the changes within the revised guideline can be found on pages seven - nine.

RHD Australia envisages that reduced improved clinical care will result from improved and updated clinical care procedures for ARF and RHD patients.

Previous copies of the guideline (2006 edition) should be deleted. Applications for iPhone, Android and iPad will soon be available.

These online editions of the guideline and quick reference guides are interactive pdf documents that feature easy-to-use navigation and search tools.

Printed copies are available from control programs for the Northern Territory, Queensland, Western Australia and South Australia (refer link below).  All other states and territories can contact the email listed below.

Source: RHD Australia


RHD Australia


Last updated: 28 May 2012
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