Acute Rheumatic Fever and Rheumatic Heart Disease

NACCHO’s ARF and RHD Program

Our Hearts in Our Hands

Our ARF and RHD Program marks the first-ever Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sector-led initiative to combat ARF and RHD across the country.

NACCHO provides funding to eligible ACCHOs to deliver ARF and RHD prevention and management activities in their communities. The limited funding available through the program is prioritised on a needs basis and targets ACCHOs in regions where there is a high incidence and prevalence of ARF and RHD. Participating ACCHOs join the ARF and RHD Community of Practice, a national network facilitated by NACCHO for primary health care workers with significant burdens of ARF and RHD.

A co-designed echocardiography training program is also being developed to strengthen the capacity of primary healthcare workers in the ACCHO sector to deliver community-led, evidence-based, culturally safe, equitable echocardiography services that better meets the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people at risk of, and living with, ARF and RHD.

The ARF and RHD program is supported by a sector-led national governance structure including a Rheumatic Fever Strategy Joint Advisory Committee, an RHD Expert Working Group and the Community of Practice.

The program is funded by the Australian Government, with additional investment from partners BHP and The Snow Foundation.

For more information about NACCHO’s ARF and RHD program, click here.


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership in ARF and RHD: Priorities, Partnerships and Progress
World Congress RHD Keynote Transcript
November 2023

NACCHO Keynote Address Dawn Casey and Lorraine Anderson
World Congress RHD Keynote Slides
November 2023

The Rheumatic Fever Strategy, First Nations Leadership and Community Led Action
Australian Pre-World Congress RHD Keynote Transcript
August 2023

NACCHO Keynote Address Dawn Casey and Lorraine Anderson
Australian Pre World Congress RHD Meeting Slides
7 August 2023