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RHD Australia: MURMUR newsletter

Dear Subscriber,

Welcome Message from Deputy Director, Claire Boardman

What a terrific couple of months the RHDAustralia team has had.

This edition of Murmur highlights a couple of RHDAustralia activities that have taken place around the country with my personal favourite being the team’s presence at the Barunga Festival this year. Read More


Experts Agree on National Priorities for Preventing and Treating Rheumatic Fever and Rheumatic Heart Disease

For a week in May, the University of Sydney became the hub of knowledge for rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease in Australia.

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Landmark Decision in Western Australia Makes Rheumatic Heart Disease Notifiable by Law

Rheumatic heart disease has joined rheumatic fever in becoming a notifiable condition in Western Australia.

On the 19th June 2015, the Western Australian Department of Health announced health professionals are now required by law to report all cases of rheumatic heart disease.

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Think ARF, Stop RHD: New Skills and Raised Awareness for New South Wales Health Professionals

The unacceptable burden of rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease in Indigenous communities in Northern and Central Australia has been recognised as an issue for some time the impact it is having on Indigenous, Pacific Islander, Maori and refugee populations in New South Wales is less well known.

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RHDAustralia Travels to Barunga to Paint the Story of Rheumatic Fever

RHDAustralia travelled to Barunga Festival for the second successive year to teach children and their parents about the causes of rheumatic fever and some important, easy preventative strategies

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Sticking to Treatment - Young Australian Turns His RHD Experience into a Tool to get the Message to Others

West Australian performance artist Nelson Baker has turned his experience of living with RHD into a powerful video message to other young Australians.

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END RHD CRE – Developing an endgame for rheumatic heart disease in Australia

The END RHD Centre of Research Excellence brings unique opportunity to build a comprehensive, evidence-based strategy for ending RHD in Australia.

The aim of the NHMRC-funded Centre of Research Excellence in rheumatic heart disease is to develop targets for rheumatic heart disease control in Australia and a costed, stepwise strategy for achieving them.

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Strength in Partnerships: Poche Centre and RHDAustralia join forces

The Poche Centre for Indigenous Health is an example of the power of partnership in achieving real change and genuinely contributing to closing the gap in life expectancy.

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Local Staff Improve Prevention of Rheumatic Fever

An initiative by Fitzroy Crossing Hospital staff has increased uptake of secondary prophylaxis.

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Administering Bicillin: new video resource for health professionals

A new video resource is now available for clinicians and health workers who give intramuscular (IM) Bicillin LA injections to prevent acute rheumatic fever.

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Heart Story: Heart Foundation Northern Territory Launches Revised Resource

RHDAustralia attended the launch of ‘Heart Story’ at Parliament House in Darwin in June.

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RHDAustralia Welcomes New Team Members

Karen Dempsey and Anna Ralph have recently joined the RHDAustralia team.

Karen Dempsey has joined RHDAustralia as Senior Epidemiologist and Anna Ralph will take up the new position of Clinical Director.

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RHDAustralia is an initiative of Menzies School of Health Research and funded by the Australian Government Department of Health.

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