South Australia RHD Control Program
Rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease are both notifiable conditions in South Australia.
What we do
The aim of the South Australia (SA) Rheumatic Heart Disease Control Program is to reduce morbidity and mortality associated with rheumatic heart disease (RHD) through monitoring and improving delivery of secondary prophylaxis (preventive antibiotics), enhancing coordination of care, delivering educational activities and increasing acute rheumatic fever (ARF)/RHD case detection and surveillance activities.
Where we work
The SA RHD Control Program works across South Australia, from the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjara Lands to metropolitan Adelaide.
Who we work with
We work across all levels of health care but our work focuses on the primary health care sector (Government, Aboriginal Community Controlled and private health services), the hospital sector, people living with ARF and/or RHD and their families.
We have formal agreements with Nganampa Health Council and Aboriginal Health Council of SA and work in partnership with them on RHD control activities in the communities they work with.
The SA RHD Control Program publishes an annual report which includes statistics from the register and highlights other activities and achievements of the program over the year. You can download copies of the annual reports from the SA RHD Control Program webpage.
State legislation and notification
Effective 18th February 2016, definite and probable ARF and RHD and borderline RHD are notifiable in South Australia. These diseases must be notified to the Communicable Disease Control Branch on 1300 232 272. The primary purpose of making these notifiable diseases is to improve the health of our community through appropriate public health action and to mitigate the burden of RHD in South Australia. Fact sheets and the form to report cases are available to download.
Following mandatory notification, consent is then sought to enrol people on the SA RHD Register. The SA RHD Register ensures appropriate care and follow up can be provided to the patient.
The 2020 Australian guideline for prevention, diagnosis and management of acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease is the main source to guide all aspects of ARF and RHD control in South Australia.
To access resources developed for the South Australian RHD Control Program, please visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/rhd
T: (08) 7425 7146
F: (08) 8226 6648