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Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2017)

Tracking progress against the Implementation Plan goals for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013-2023: first monitoring report.

Retrieved 21 July 2017 from

Health Policy Analysis (2017)

Evaluation of the rheumatic fever strategy: final report.

Canberra: Australian Department of Health

This report, commissioned by the Commonwealth Department of Health in 2016, presents the findings of an independent evaluation of the Rheumatic Fever Strategy (RFS). The RFS is a National Partnership Agreement between the Australian Government and the governments of Queensland (Qld), Western Australia (WA), South Australia (SA) and the Northern Territory (NT). The RFS aims to improve the detection, monitoring and management of Acute Rheumatic Fever (ARF) and Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD) through the maintenance of patient registers and recall systems, the improved delivery of secondary prophylaxis antibiotics, the provision of education and training, and the collection of data for national monitoring.

This report considers the key achievements and challenges faced by the RFS and makes a number of key recommendations. Findings from the evaluation helped inform the Australian Government's decisions on the continued funding and expansion of the RFS, announced through the 2017-18 Budget.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract


Edwards L (2013)

NT chronic conditions prevention and management strategy annual report 2011.

The Chronicle; 25(1): 29-30


Higgins R, Murphy B, Worcester M, Daffey A (2012)

Supporting chronic disease self-management: translating policies and principles into clinical practice.

Australian Journal of Primary Health; 18(1): 80-87


Croft C (2009)

Chronic conditions prevention and management strategy 2010-2020.

The Chronicle; 15(4): 31

Northern Territory Department of Health and Families (2009)

Revision of the preventable chronic disease strategy: a comparison of chronic disease frameworks and models of care.

Darwin: Northern Territory Department of Health and Families


Brown A (2007)

Ensuring the quality use of medicines among Indigenous Australians: key directions for policy, research and practice for cardiovascular health.

Melbourne: National Heart Foundation of Australia

Royal Australasian College of Physicians (2007)

Finding solutions that work: how can public health physicians contribute to effective strategies to improve the health of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders? Outcomes and recommendations [17 August 2007 workshop].

Canberra: Royal Australasian College of Physicians

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