RHD among all Australians

As at 31 December 2017, there were 4,259 living RHD cases recorded on state and territory registers. Eighty–seven per cent of people with RHD were Indigenous Australians (3,690 diagnoses). NT has the greatest number of RHD cases and the most common age group at diagnosis was 15–24 years, with 941 diagnoses (22%). Two-thirds of people living with RHD (65%, 2,787 diagnoses) were females.

Table 1: Number of people living with RHD, by Indigenous status and state and territory, as at 31 December 2017

State and territory 

Indigenous

Non-Indigenous

Total(a)

Queensland

1,161

331

1,570

Western Australia

522

32

554

South Australia

161

20

181

Northern Territory  

1,846

108

1,954

Total

3,690

491

4,259

  1. Totals include 78 diagnoses with unknown Indigenous status. 

Note: For NT, RHD diagnoses have been recorded since 1997. Records began in 2009 in Qld, in 2009 in WA and in 2012 in SA.  

Source: AIHW analysis of National Rheumatic Heart Disease data collection