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Evaluation of the rheumatic fever strategy: final report

Posted on: 17 July, 2017
Issue: Vol 17 No 3, July 2017 – September 2017
Related to Cardiovascular health Policies Research Northern Territory Queensland South Australia Western Australia

Health Policy Analysis (2017)
Evaluation of the rheumatic fever strategy: final report
Canberra: Australian Department of Health

This report, commissioned by the Commonwealth Department of Health in 2016, presents the findings of an independent evaluation of the Rheumatic Fever Strategy (RFS). The RFS is a National Partnership Agreement between the Australian Government and the governments of Queensland (Qld), Western Australia (WA), South Australia (SA) and the Northern Territory (NT). The RFS aims to improve the detection, monitoring and management of Acute Rheumatic Fever (ARF) and Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD) through the maintenance of patient registers and recall systems, the improved delivery of secondary prophylaxis antibiotics, the provision of education and training, and the collection of data for national monitoring.

This report considers the key achievements and challenges faced by the RFS and makes a number of key recommendations. Findings from the evaluation helped inform the Australian Government’s decisions on the continued funding and expansion of the RFS, announced through the 2017-18 Budget.

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