Our Charter Signatories

CRANAplus stands strong with all those willing to tackle RHD, an entirely preventable yet deadly disease, a disease born of social inequality and disadvantage. Ensuring equitable access to culturally respectful healthcare for all is central to the values that underpin CRANAplus. By working together, we believe that ending RHD is possible.

AIDA’s vision is for an Australia free from health and life outcome inequities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

Our purpose is to contribute to equitable health and life outcomes, and the cultural wellbeing of Indigenous people. AIDA is proud to support the movement to END RHD.

The National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA) represents 37 national organisations working to improve the health and wellbeing of people in rural and remote Australia, where the majority of people with rheumatic heart disease in Australia live. We are proud to be a Charter Signatory and support the priorities outlined by END RHD to eliminate this preventable disease.

The Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives (CATSINaM) is the sole representative body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nurses and midwives in Australia. CATSINaM’s primary function is to implement strategies to increase the recruitment and retention of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples into nursing and midwifery professions.

The Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) is Australia’s national peak body for public and not-for-profit hospitals and healthcare providers. Our vision is for a healthy Australia supported by the best possible healthcare system.

Indigenous Australians, by reason of our nation’s history, have had the nation’s poorest health outcomes imposed upon them. RHD is a striking example: an illness that should not afflict Indigenous – or any other – Australians, and which we can address. PHAA calls on all governments, health systems and the wider community to resource and support the campaign to END RHD.

SAHMRI is committed to turning medical research into real outcomes for all Australians. Our highest priorities include the delivery of health care solutions which improve health equity for our most vulnerable communities, including the mission to END RHD.

Despite significant advances in health, RHD disproportionately affects Indigenous people and yet is completely preventable. The unnecessary harm RHD does to Indigenous people and communities is why IndigenousNCDs has joined End RHD. RHD needs to be a global priority.

 As a leading cardiac health service in Australia, St Vincent’s Health Network, Sydney commits to standing united with Indigenous Australians and organisations to end RHD in Australia. We see, first hand, people who have been touched by this entirely preventable disease and the devastating effects it has on the lives of people and communities. There is no excuse for RHD in Australia

Our ultimate ambition is to successfully partner with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health groups, communities, government and other like-minded corporates, to work collaboratively in achieving the health outcomes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples desire.

HeartKids works to support all people impacted by Childhood heart disease, including RHD. HeartKids is proud to be a signatory to this Charter and work alongside experts, clinicians and families to ensure that all Australians have access to timely health services, regardless of their circumstances or where they live.

The professional as well as community experiences of many Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Health Practitioners supports their deep understanding of the profound and disproportionate burden of RHD in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. As signatory to the Charter to End RHD, NATSIHWA demonstrates our shared vision and commitment to community-led collective action to end this preventable yet prevailing disease needlessly affecting our people.

Since 2011, The Snow Foundation has been working in partnership with Indigenous communities, leaders, health organisations and experts, to focus on better Indigenous health, with particular attention on preventable diseases such as scabies and rheumatic heart disease. We joined End RHD to help amplify our voice and the voices of like-minded groups that are looking to help raise awareness, spark change and garner more government attention and funding to put rheumatic heart disease in the history books.

The ACM has a commitment to improving the health outcomes of all birthing women and their babies with a particular focus on Australia’s Indigenous communities, starting with ensuring there is support for and growth of the Indigenous midwifery workforce. The ACM recognise the need for all health professionals, including midwives, to work together with local communities to END RHD such that solutions and leadership can be community-led and reflective of the needs of the population.

PHAIWA understands that RHD is the leading cause of cardiovascular inequality between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. Given that poverty, overcrowding and inequality drive transmission, PHAIWA believes that prevention can reduce the incidence of RHD. Many of the risk factors for RHD are similar to those for trachoma, which is a priority area of action for PHAIWA.

ANTaR is an independent, national network of organisations and individuals working in support of Justice, Rights and Respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia. As a founding member of the Close the Gap Campaign, we see the elimination of RHD as essential to creating health equality in Australia.

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