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School based swabbing programmes


United to Stop Sore Throats Hurting Hearts

The Bay of Plenty and Lakes rheumatic fever sector group


School based swabbing programmes in the Bay of Plenty and Lakes

School based throat swabbing programmes are aimed at preventing rheumatic fever by detecting and treating streptococcal throat infection (‘strep throat’).

For a list of throat swabbing teams and services in the Bay of Plenty and Lakes, click here 

Sandra Innes Smith is employed by Eastern Bay Primary Health Alliance (EBPHA) as the rheumatic fever clinical lead. Please contact  for further information. 

Leanne Kirk is the co-ordinator of the Rotorua school based sore throat swabbing programme that operates out of Western Heights Health Centre. Please contact for further information


The rheumatic fever sector group

The rheumatic fever sector group is committed to reducing rates of rheumatic fever in the Bay of Plenty and Lakes districts.  The sector teams meet together once per term to share information, resources and ideas. The sector group consists of community health workers and nurses from:

•    Bay of Plenty District Health Board

•    Eastern Bay Primary Health Alliance

•    Korowai Aroha

•    Hinepukohurangi Trust

•    Lakes District Health Board

•    Ngati Awa Social and Health Services

•    Te Ika Whenua Hauora

•    Te Puna Ora O Mataatua Charitable Trust

•    Tuhoe Hauora

•    Toi Te Ora Public Health

•    Whakatohea Iwi Social and Health Services


Heart Foundation 'Sore Throats Matter' Teaching Units

The Heart Foundation developed teaching units for years 1-8 based on the NZ school curriculum's Health and Physical Education plan.

The aim of the Teaching units is to increase awareness of rheumatic fever prevention to children and teachers in high risk populations of NZ.

Click here  for the Sore Throats Matter Teaching Units.

Click here  for the Sore Throats Matter Teachers Letter. 


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