Need to talk? Call 1800 882 436.
It's a free call with a maternal child health nurse. *call charges may apply from your mobile

Is it an emergency? Dial 000
If you need urgent medical help, call triple zero immediately.

beginning of content


RHDAustralia supports the control of rheumatic heart disease (RHD) in Australia. Funded under the Australian Government’s Rheumatic Fever Strategy, RHDAustralia is based at Menzies School of Health Research in Darwin.


No child in Australia dies as a result of acute rheumatic fever (ARF) and its complications.

What we do

  1. Australian Guideline for the prevention, diagnosis and management of acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease

    RHDAustralia updates evidence based guidelines to support Australia’s health workforce to achieve best practice care for people with ARF and RHD. Revisions are undertaken in collaboration with key stakeholders and peak Indigenous health bodies.

  2. Education and training resources for health professionals, people with ARF/ RHD, their families and communities.

    RHDAustralia works closely with stakeholders, patients, families and communities to develop culturally-appropriate information to help increase disease prevention and support self-management. These activities are carried out in conjunction with key partner organisations and state and territory-based RHD control programs across Australia.

  3. Support health systems to achieve evidence-based best practice for focused prevention activities in high-risk communities.

    RHDAustralia assists with development and implementation of culturally-appropriate resources for people living with ARF and RHD and their communities, with a focus on peer support initiatives, self-management tools and community health promotional material.

Recommended links

This information was originally published on healthdirect - RHDAustralia.

Last reviewed: January 2019

Information from this partner

Found 4 results

Call us and speak to a Maternal Child Health Nurse for personal advice and guidance.

Need further advice or guidance from our maternal child health nurses?

Healthdirect Australia acknowledges the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to the Traditional Owners and to Elders both past and present.

This information is for your general information and use only and is not intended to be used as medical advice and should not be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any medical condition, nor should it be used for therapeutic purposes.

The information is not a substitute for independent professional advice and should not be used as an alternative to professional health care. If you have a particular medical problem, please consult a healthcare professional.

Except as permitted under the Copyright Act 1968, this publication or any part of it may not be reproduced, altered, adapted, stored and/or distributed in any form or by any means without the prior written permission of Healthdirect Australia.