This project will work to integrate a clinical care coordination approach combined with the use of technology and a capacity building partnership approach in the primary health care, hospital and community sectors to improve access to high quality regular care which, in turn, will prevent serious complications associated with Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD).
This project has been developed in response to issues identified in an audit completed by the Rheumatic Heart Disease Registy of Metro South Health patients with acute rheumatic fever/ rheumatic heart disease.
Aims & Goals:
1. Provide an educational event increasing the awareness and knowledge at Primary Care Physicians and community health providers. 2. Improve health literacy and access to appropriate services across the community focusing on high risk populations.
3. Working in collaboration with the national RHD registry and key representatives in increasing the notification and transfer of data.
The following project outcomes have been achieved through the second phase of the Rheumatic Heart Disease Control Program. Metro South Health has a Rheumatic Heart Disease Nurse Navigator position which helps embed our collaborative partnership with the Brisbane South Primary Health Network, community services, and the National and State Rheumatic Heart Disease Registry. The Rheumatic Heart Disease Clinical Pathway is now published and there is improved communication between general practitioners and Metro South Health staff about the management of people with Rheumatic Heart Disease. Other project outcomes include better engagement with high risk communities and multi-cultural populations about Rheumatic Heart Disease as well as the inclusion of Rheumatic Heart Disease in key Metro South Health service plans.
Rheumatic Heart Disease, Acute Rheumatic Fever