our askA community-led approach to ending RHD in Australia
What WE NEED
Ending rheumatic heart disease requires a collaborative, comprehensive approach aimed at preventing Strep A infection in the first place, and providing better treatment for those already living with the disease. We believe these five priorities below offer the best starting point to end RHD in Australia.
Invest in strategic research and technology
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 communities at high risk of rheumatic heart disease
Invest in strategic research and technology to prevent and treat acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease
The Commonwealth Government builds upon its investment to develop a Strep A vaccine, by also funding a long-acting penicillin product to improve the lives of those already living with the disease.