Introduction

Under the Rheumatic Fever Strategy, the Australian Government provides funding to support rheumatic heart disease (RHD) control programs in Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory. This section provides an introduction on acute rheumatic fever (ARF) and RHD in Australia.

This in-brief report provides an overview of the data in the main report, also titled ‘Acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease in Australia’.