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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 is a program area within the NT Department of Health's Centre for Disease Control (CDC) Unit. The program has separate Central Australian and Top End teams, each comprising of a Public Health Nurse and an Administrative Officer.
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
The RHD team works closely with people touched by the disease, including their families and communities.
Abstract adapted from the Northern Territory Department of Health
Northern Territory Department of Health
Rheumatic Heart Disease Program
Centre for Disease Control
PO Box 40596
Casuarina NT 0811
Top End Region
Fax: (08) 8922 8310
Phone: (08) 8922 8454
Central Australia Region
Fax: (08) 8951 6920
Phone: (08) 8951 6909
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