We need to close the gap.

Young Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Australians are 55 times more likely to die of rheumatic heart disease than their non-Indigenous peers.
 
ABOUT RHDWHO WE ARE

Together, we can end rheumatic heart disease in Australia.

Rheumatic heart disease (RHD) is permanent heart damage, resulting from a throat or skin infection caused by Strep A bacteria. If not managed properly, it can cause heart failure, death and disability.

Most people with RHD live in developing countries, however Australia has some of the highest rates of the disease in the world – occurring almost exclusively in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

In a country like Australia, rheumatic heart disease shouldn’t exist. Yet it does – taking lives, and causing disability to some of our most vulnerable.

From all walks of life, we’re uniting, committing to one thing: ending rheumatic heart disease. Will you help?

 

people die of RHD every year globally

INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIANS AT RISK OF DEVELOPING RHD

AVERAGE AGE OF DEATH FROM THE DISEASE IN INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIANS

USUAL LENGTH OF TREATMENT

5 Priorities to end rheumatic heart disease in Australia

These priorities are a starting point for the actions needed to eliminate rheumatic heart disease (RHD) in Australia.

Guarantee Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership

Set targets to end rheumatic heart disease

Fund a roadmap to end rheumatic heart disease

Commit to immediate action in at risk communities

Invest in strategic research and technology

Join the Movement to END RHD

Together with governments, community groups and people like you, we’re coming together to amplify the voices of those living with rheumatic heart disease, and formulating a plan to end it.