Region of management of people with ARF and RHD

For each ARF and RHD diagnosis reported to a register, the region of management is recorded. This is the area where the patient was most recently reported to receive the majority of the primary health care for their ARF or RHD. The region of management may differ from the person’s region of diagnosis, and the notifying jurisdiction.

In 2018, there were 5,440 Indigenous Australians being managed for ARF or RHD by health services in Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory. This number includes all persons who were either diagnosed, assessed, receiving prophylaxis or undergoing surgery for RHD between 1 January 2016 and 31 December 2018 (reflecting the recommended frequency of evaluation every 2 years for patients with mild disease). The regions with the highest rates of management were:

  • Rural Darwin (NT), with 5,305 cases per 100,000 population (659 persons)
  • East Arnhem (NT), with 4,759 per 100,000 (542 persons)
  • Katherine (NT), with 3,675 per 100,000 (407 persons).

Management rates in remote areas tended to be higher than those in less remote areas.

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