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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 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
Abstract adapted from the Northern Territory Department of Health
Northern Territory Department of Health
Centre for Disease Control
Department of Health
PO Box 40596
Casuarina NT 0811
Ph: (08) 8922 8044
Fax: (08) 8922 8310
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