Menzies Weekly Seminar: ‘RHDAustralia - From clinic to community’

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Presenter:  Rebecca Slade

Date: Oct 16, 2018

Time: 11:00am to 11:30am

Contact person:  Menzies communications team
T: 8946 8658

Location:  Seminar Room | John Mathews Building (Bldg 58), Royal Darwin Hospital Campus - available on WebEx

Abstract:Our vision: No child dies in Australia as a result of Acute Rheumatic Fever and it’s complications. RHDAustralia was established in 2009 as the National Coordination Unit under the Commonwealth Government’s Rheumatic Fever Strategy. Since then, our agreements and outputs have changed, however RHDA remains absolutely committed to seeing this preventable disease eliminated from Australia. In 2018, RHDA entered into a new round of Commonwealth funding with a revised remit and new direction. Under the terms of the head agreement, RHDAustralia is tasked with:

  • Updating, disseminating and integrating the Australian Guideline for the prevention, diagnosis and management of acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease
  • Developing and implementing high quality, evidence-based education and training resources for health professionals, people with ARF/ RHD, their families and communities
  • Supporting health systems to achieve evidence-based best practice for focused prevention activities in high-risk communities

In all that we do, RHDA works alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and other at-risk populations, and culture is at the heart of what we do; ‘Learning about and respecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples culture is a lifelong journey. We are all at different stages of the journey and our paths may vary, but we should all arrive at the same place.’ - Vicki Wade, RHDAustralia Senior Cultural Advisor, 2018.

This seminar will recap RHDA’s past, present and future direction. It will cover our role in ensuring strong collaboration and partnerships with the many stakeholders in Australia and abroad, discuss some of the resources we have developed, and what is in the pipeline for 2019 and beyond.

Biography: Bec joined Menzies earlier this year as Program Manager of RHDA. She has a background in Public Health and Law and had previously been working in International Aid and Development in a range of programs throughout the Asia Pacific.

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