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RHD health worker modules



Target audience: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and other health professionals working with people who have acute rheumatic fever (ARF) or rheumatic heart disease (RHD)

Course summary: This education package of five modules provides the health workforce with a basic understanding of best-practice approaches to the prevention, diagnosis and management of ARF and RHD. The modules are designed to be a self-paced learning tool, meaning they can be undertaken one module at a time. However, once started, the module needs to be completed in its entirety. People are advised how long a module takes to complete before starting each module.

The modules cover the following topics:

  1. ARF and RHD in the global and Australian context - high risk groups, and principles of control and disease prevention
  2. clinical presentation, diagnostic criteria and treatment for ARF - challenges with diagnosis and management
  3. management of ARF and long term management with secondary prophylaxis (preventing the ARF getting worse)
  4. management of RHD and the organisational approach to RHD control
  5. patient management from a remote clinic to an urban hospital and self-reflection on own practices.

On completion of the health worker modules, a certificate for evidence of continual professional development (CPD) hours for national registration can be ordered. Completion of this education package is the equivalent of 4.5 CPD hours.


RHD Australia
John Matthews Building
Building 48 Royal Darwin Hospital Campus
PO Box 41096
Casuarina NT 0801
Ph: (08) 8946 8654


Last updated: 3 March 2016
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