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Sharing a heartbeat: a short film about RHD in pregnancy

Posted on: 6 November, 2017
Issue: Vol 17 No 4, October 2017 – December 2017
Related to Cardiovascular health Health promotion Rural

RHDAustralia (2017)
Sharing a heartbeat: a short film about RHD in pregnancy
Darwin, NT: RHDAustralia

This 12-minute film is a health promotion resource providing information about how rheumatic heart disease (RHD) can impact on fertility, pregnancy and raising a family.

It follows the story of a fictional character called Tess, a young Indigenous woman with RHD. The film is aimed at Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women aged 13 to 29 who have mild to moderate RHD. Friends and families of young women may also choose to view this film to better understand how to support young women with RHD to have a healthy pregnancy.

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.

The film is freely available in English and Kriol, with plans to make it available in more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages. It can be viewed online.

The film does not cover severe RHD and valve repair or replacements.

Abstract adapted from RHDAustralia

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