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AMOSS at Brisbane RHD Qld Workshop and Symposium

April, 2016

This sold-out workshop and evening symposium highlighted the growing interest – and concern – of Qld health professionals on the impact of rheumatic fever and RHD. Qld Health Minister Adrian Dick who opened the two-day workshop highlighted issues of care when he talked of meeting with staff at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Aboriginal maternal health service. Cardiologist Dr Dorothy Radford from Prince Charles gave a great talk on the clinical impact in pregnancy. Geri Vaughan Project Coordinator presented some of our preliminary findings from the study. The two days included an Advocacy breakfast, with The Honourable Ken Wyatt speaking strongly about Closing the Gap with RHD. The workshop ended with Vicki Wade who leads the National Aboriginal Health Unit at the Heart Foundation having a chat with Eddie Masina and others about the impact of RHD on their lives. Powerful stories about a disease we should not have.

Wearing our heart on our sleeves: Geri Vaughan AMOSS RHD coordinator and Janice Forester RHD Control Program WA Manager being photobombed at the RHD Qld workshop for health professionals.