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Sharing a Heartbeat: love, pregnancy, and living with rheumatic heart disease

Date posted: 20 December 2017

In response to findings from the Australian Maternity Outcomes Surveillance System (AMOSS), RHDAustralia has produced an educational 12 minute film designed to give young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people information about rheumatic heart disease (RHD) in pregnancy. The AMOSS found that there are many misconceptions around RHD and its impact on pregnancies.

Associate Professor Suzanne Belton, one of the researchers from the AMOSS said, 'During the study, it became very clear that despite having contact with the health system since they were children and again as they were growing up, (these women) knew very little about their disease or what that meant for their pregnancy and how they could take care of themselves.'

The film was written and directed by a group of Northern Territory Indigenous women and embraces two-ways learning and a spirit of cross cultural cooperation.

Source: RHDAustralia


Last updated: 20 December 2017
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