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Notification of rheumatic fever

Please notify all suspected and confirmed cases of rheumatic fever (both acute and recurrent attacks) to the Medical Officer of Health.  

Contact options:

Phone: 0800 221 555, select option 3

Complete the Infectious Disease Notification Form and fax to 0800 66 89 34

Email: ttoenquiries@bopdhb.govt.nz

Urgent/After hours: 0800 221 555, select option 5

On-call Medical Officer of Health: 07 579 8000 (Tauranga Hospital)

 

Rheumatic fever e-learning course

A free rheumatic fever e-learning course from the Ministry of Health is available at Learnonline.health.nz 

This user guide provides information on how to access the course.

The course is free and is aimed at primary care nurses, public health nurses and community health workers working with families whose children are at risk of developing rheumatic fever.  The course is also useful for locum general practitioners, general practitioners new to New Zealand and pharmacists.

Participants will receive a certificate showing they’ve successfully completed the two hour course.

Made up of four modules, the course includes information about:

  • rheumatic fever in New Zealand

  • how to identify people at high risk of rheumatic fever and how to assess and manage sore throats based on the identified risk

  • ways to reduce the transmission of sore throats within the household

  • how to identify the main symptoms and signs of rheumatic fever, as well as how it is typically managed

The course was developed in consultation with rheumatic fever experts, primary care nurses and community health workers.
 

Rheumatic fever: A priority for the Bay of Plenty 

Bay of Plenty and Lakes District Health Boards (DHB) areas have a high incidence of acute rheumatic fever.  Both DHBs now have five year plans aimed at reducing acute rheumatic fever.  As part of these plans, there are regular public rheumatic fever awareness campaigns.  A key message is ‘stop sore throats hurting hearts’. The underlying premise is that early diagnosis and treatment of strep throat will reduce the incidence of Acute Rheumatic Fever (ARF).

As a result of the campaigns, there may be an increase in the number of parents requesting throat swabs for their children. Consequently, we are also promoting the use of the Rheumatic Fever Guidelines published by the Heart Foundation.  

This web page contains the Bay of Plenty and Lakes DHB plans, information for GPs, links to the Rheumatic Fever Guidelines and information on the epidemiology of rheumatic fever in the Bay of Plenty and Lakes DHBs.

 

DHB Plans

 

Primary Care information

 Heart Foundation - Rheumatic Fever Guidelines


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Bay of Plenty DHB - clinical rescources


Rheumatic Fever in the Bay of Plenty and Lakes district

  Toi Te Ora – Public Health Service Reports

Poster presentations

 

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