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February 2016
Welcome to the latest edition of Murmur. In this issue you will find news, stories and clinical updates from across Australia regarding acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease. Welcome also to our brand new website! Thank you to all our stakeholders who provided feedback on how to improve our website and content which includes streamlined access to our e-learning platform. We hope you enjoy the new design and user-friendly navigation. As always we welcome feedback and contributions for future editions of Murmur and continued progression of the website.  

BREAKING NEWS: As of 18 February 2016, rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease will become notifiable diseases in South Australia under the South Australian Public Health Act more
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Rheumatic heart disease – do your genes matter?
The largest genetics study ever conducted with Indigenous Australians has brought researchers a step closer to finding a genetic susceptibility to rheumatic heart disease. The success of the study has been attributed to the participatory approach in engaging communities and recruiting participants.
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Persistence pays off to get the right diagnosis 
It took the persistence of a loving grandmother to get the right diagnosis of rheumatic fever for her granddaughter. June Smith took Rikki to four doctors before she was admitted to hospital and a week later diagnosed with acute rheumatic fever. Disease identification can be a challenge for health professionals with little previous exposure to, or knowledge of, the illnesses: as seems to be true of June’s experience in regional New South Wales.
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Queensland Rheumatic Heart Disease Education Workshop and Evening Symposium  – 22|23 March 2016
The Rheumatic Heart Disease Workshop is designed for health staff involved in the diagnosis and management of people with acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease in Queensland. This workshop will engage participants with a combination of objective driven information sessions, and consolidate that knowledge with a series of targeted clinical and practical case studies. 
Date: 22nd and 23rd March 2016
Location: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Register: Click here to register for the Queensland RHD Education Workshop 2016

The Evening Symposium is aimed at health and clinical professionals. You will hear about developments and innovations in the acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease research and clinical practice. 
Date: 22nd March 2016 @ 5.30pm
Register: Click here to register for the Evening Symposium 
Heart Foundation Cardiac Care in the NT Training Course – 17|18 March 2016
This two-day workshop will give health professionals a better knowledge of cardiac investigations, cardiac surgery and cardiac rehabilitation. Participants will gain the knowledge and resources to care for patients following cardiothoracic surgery and other cardiac events. The workshop is intended for nurses, Aboriginal Health Practitioners and District Medical Officers.  The workshop has been developed and is proudly supported by the National Heart Foundation, Northern Territory and the Cardiac Clinical Nurse Consultants from the Northern Territory Department of Health. RHDAustralia is a guest presenter on day 2 of the workshop.
17th and 18th March 2016
Location: Darwin
Register: Registration is essential. The event is listed on the NT Department of Health ‘My learning’ website. Log on to then search for Cardiac Care in the NT and follow the instructions to enrol.
Save the Date – Northern Territory RHD and Healthy Skin workshops – 4 to 6 May 2016 
The RHD and Healthy Skin workshops will provide health staff with comprehensive education and  information on all aspects of skin health and prevention, diagnosis and management of acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease. Further updates will be provided on the RHDAustralia website or create an account on our learning management system to recieve updates. 
Premiere of Take Heart : The Quest to Rid Australasia of RHD
Take Heart is a moving picture advocacy project designed to put rheumatic heart disease (RHD) on the global media and public health agendas.
Next month in the lead up to the national Closing the Gap Day, Moonshine Movies will premiere screenings of Take Heart: The Quest to Rid Australasia of Rheumatic Heart Disease, a powerful and provocative documentary that lifts the lid on a largely invisible disease that is 100% preventable.
World Premiere • Thu 10 March, 7pm • ACMI Cinema, Melbourne
Darwin Premiere • Thu 17 March, 7.30pm • BCC Darwin Cinema
Tiwi Islands Premiere • Sunday 20 March • Wurrumyanga
Brisbane Premiere • Tue 22 March • Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre
For more information on the screenings and for details of how to register please visit the TakeHeart website or contact
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Clinical update – rheumatic heart disease in pregnancy  
Our latest clinical update ‘Rheumatic heart disease in Pregnancy’ includes: pregnancy planning information; effects of pregnancy on rheumatic heart disease; management of rheumatic heart disease in pregnancy; and additional management considerations for women in remote and rural locations. Read more…
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Aboriginal controlled health service mandates RHDA e-learning modules
As of 2016, the RHDAustralia e-learning modules will be made mandatory for clinicians working in the Ngaanyatjarra Health Service … read more
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Don’t miss out on the things you love – 2016 heart calendar   
Together with the Aboriginal community in South Australia, SA Health have developed a calendar to educate people about rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease and the importance of regular penicillin injections in preventing rheumatic fever… read more

Secondary Prophylaxis reminder apps – now in trial phase  
Two new apps to encourage and remind people on secondary prophylaxis to get their injections are now in trial phase … read more. 
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Data shows preventable rheumatic heart disease impacting on hospital systems  
A recent report by the National Health Performance Authority shows the average length of stay for rheumatic heart disease hospitalisations was exceeded only by diabetes complications…read more

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