Thursday, 21 March 2013
Rheumatic heart disease and acute rheumatic fever in Australia: 1996-2012 (AIHW)
Rheumatic heart disease and acute rheumatic fever in Australia: 1996-2012 examines and presents a range of data on acute rheumatic fever (ARF) and rheumatic heart disease (RHD) in Australia. It shows that ARF now occurs almost exclusively in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and that the prevalence of RHD is much higher among Indigenous people than other Australians. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are also considerably more likely to be hospitalised with ARF or RHD, and to die from RHD.