RHD-related surgery in Qld, WA, SA, and the NT

In 2022, 92 people diagnosed with rheumatic heart disease (RHD) and living in Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia, or the Northern Territory had surgery. Of those, 73 people were First Nations people who underwent 73 surgical events (Supplementary table 3.13).

Of these First Nations people:

In 2022, of the 73 surgical events among First Nations people:

  • most surgical events occurred among those aged 15–24, who had 20 surgical events
  • no children aged under 5 years had surgery for RHD (Figure 3.8; Supplementary table 3.15).

 Figure 3.8: Surgical events among First Nations people with RHD, by age group, 2022

The most common age group for RHD surgery is 15 to 24 years old, followed by 25 to 34 years old.

Chart: AIHW. Source: AIHW analysis of National Rheumatic Heart Disease Data Collection.