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RHDAustralia (2017)

Sharing a heartbeat: a short film about RHD in pregnancy.

: RHDAustralia

This 12-minute film is a health promotion resource providing information about how rheumatic heart disease (RHD) can impact on fertility, pregnancy and raising a family. It follows the story of a fictional character called Tess, a young Indigenous woman with RHD. The film is aimed at Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women aged 13 to 29 who have mild to moderate RHD. Friends and families of young women may also choose to view this film to better understand how to support young women with RHD to have a healthy pregnancy.

The film was written and directed by a group of Northern Territory Indigenous women and embraces two-ways learning and a spirit of cross cultural cooperation.

The film is freely available in English and Kriol, with plans to make it available in more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages. It can be viewed online.

The film does not cover severe RHD and valve repair or replacements.

Abstract adapted from RHDAustralia


Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2016)

Australian Burden of Disease Study: impact and causes of illness and death in Australia 2011.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Ayre J, On ML, Webster K, Gourley M, Moon L (2016)

Examination of the burden of disease of intimate partner violence against women in 2011: final report.

Sydney: Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety

This report extends results from the Australian Burden of Disease Study 2011 to produce detailed estimates of the health burden due to exposure to intimate partner violence (IPV) that are specific to Australian women in 2011, including data for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. The report is divided into the following chapters:

  • introduction
  • definitions of IPV
  • methods
  • estimate of effect for linked disease
  • findings
  • discussion on implication of findings, limitations and future direction
  • appendix.

Abstract adapted from authors


Silver BJ, Knox J, Smith KS, Ward JS, Boyle J, Guy RJ, Kaldor J, Rumbold AR (2012)

Frequent occurrence of undiagnosed pelvic inflammatory disease in remote communities of central Australia.

Medical Journal of Australia; 197(11): 647-651

Yap M, Biddle N (2012)

Indigenous fertility and family formation: CAEPR Indigenous population project: 2011 census papers.

Canberra: Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research

Last updated: 2 November 2017
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