our ask

A 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.

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

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

The Commonwealth Government ensures the leadership and voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people drive the development and implementation of RHD prevention strategies, by convening an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Steering Committee.

Set targets to end rheumatic heart disease

Australian Governments together commit to measurable targets for preventing new cases of acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease. Our vision is that no child born in Australia from this day forward dies of rheumatic heart disease.

Fund a roadmap to end rheumatic heart disease

Australian Governments work in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health bodies, experts, and key stakeholders to develop, fully fund, and implement a strategy to end rheumatic heart disease in Australia by 2031.

Commit to immediate action in communities at high risk of rheumatic heart disease

Australian Governments commit to immediate action to fund comprehensive primary care and health promotion activities in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities with high rates of acute rheumatic fever, and at risk of RHD. These initiatives must be Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led and provide dedicated funding to the primary health care services in high-risk communities for both treatment and prevention. This will also need to include: support for collaboration by peak bodies along with increasing the number of health and community workers; service navigation and health literacy support for high-risk families; and, where appropriate, providing resources for active case finding. Initiatives must be part of a systematic approach addressing the social and environmental determinants of health: tackling inequality, overcrowding, inadequate housing infrastructure, and insufficient hygiene infrastructure, and improving access to appropriate health services.

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.

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