Paediatric Rheumatic Heart Disease Endgame Strategy - 1 September 2021 at 12:30pm (AEST)
The focus of this web conference is on the Rheumatic Heart Disease Endgame Strategy - a blueprint for eliminating rheumatic heart disease in Australia by 2031.
Hear from Associate Professor Asha Bowen about the Rheumatic Heart Disease Endgame Strategy, a blueprint for eliminating rheumatic heart disease in Australia by 2031.
“Rheumatic heart disease is rare among non-Indigenous people, yet Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have some of the highest rates of the disease in the world. This is a disease that is usually only seen in developing countries and its persistence in Australia is an ongoing injustice.”
The RHD Endgame Strategy is the result of five years of collaborative research by leading infectious diseases specialists paired with the knowledge and experience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders across the country. It is based on recommendations that are feasible, equitable for all people, acceptable to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and likely to have an impact.
The Endgame Strategy sets the out steps needed to eliminate the disease with a focus on five priority areas:
- Aboriginal Leadership: resourcing an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led National Implementation Unit to coordinate RHD elimination efforts across Australia;
- Community-based programs: funding communities to develop programs to eliminate RHD which are locally relevant and culturally appropriate;
- Healthy Environments: tackling the primordial causes of RHD by guaranteeing all communities have healthy housing and environments;
- Early prevention: establishing comprehensive skin and throat programs in high risk communities; and
- Care and Support: optimising the health and wellbeing of people living with ARF and RHD and their families.
“We know, without any shadow of a doubt, that by implementing the Endgame Strategy, we can prevent the next generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and their families from bearing the physical and emotional scars of rheumatic heart disease.”
Associate Professor Asha Bowen
Infectious Diseases Paediatrician
Perth Children's Hospital, WA
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