NT rheumatic heart disease program
Originally known as the Top End Rheumatic heart disease program, the NT rheumatic heart disease program commenced in 1997. It encompasses the areas of Darwin (both rural and urban), East Arnhem and Katherine.
Achievements of the program include:
- the development and maintenance of a centralised, computerised database containing all known cases of Acute Rheumatic Fever (ARF) and Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD)
- education for staff and patients about ARF and RHD
- the development of best practice guidelines
- collection and collation of epidemiological data relating to ARF and RHD
Edwards K (2003)
Rheumatic Heart Disease Program: register, treatment guidelines and priority assessment.
Northern Territory Disease Control Bulletin; 10(2): 13-15
Kelly A (2003)
Top End Rheumatic Heart Disease Program: report to the Commonwealth: February – November 2002 (abbreviated).
Northern Territory Disease Control Bulletin; 10(1): 9-11