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National Heart Foundation of Australia, Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand
National Heart Foundation of Australia and Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand
This evidence based review has been jointly developed by the National Heart Foundation and the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand. The report shows that the incidence of acute rheumatic fever (ARF) and rheumatic heart disease (RHD) is very high among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, particularly children. In the past two years there has been an increase of almost 13% in the diagnosis of ARF among Indigenous children. The report focuses on diagnosis and management issues and has been developed with the aim of ensuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples receive the same standard of care as that available to other Australians.
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract