We are committed to ending rheumatic heart disease in Australia.
We recognise that rheumatic heart disease is preventable. It is a disease born of social inequity and disadvantage which continues to disproportionately impact the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
We believe that community-led solutions and leadership, based on the aspirations and priorities of the communities most affected, are the foundation to end rheumatic heart disease in Australia.
The knowledge, evidence and resources exist to do this now, and presents a critical opportunity to close the gap in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. This will mean improving the social and economic environments where people live, learn and work, and ensuring equitable access to culturally respectful health care for all.
We believe that ending rheumatic heart disease is fundamental to the rights of all to achieve the highest standard of health.