Abbreviations & symbols

ABS     Australian Bureau of Statistics

AIHW  Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

ARF     acute rheumatic fever

BPG     Benzathine penicillin G

GAS     Group A streptococcal infection

NT       Northern Territory

Qld      Queensland

RHD    rheumatic heart disease

RFDS   Royal Flying Doctor Service

SA        South Australia

WA      Western Australia

WHO   World Health Organization


—        nil or rounded to zero

. .         not applicable

n.p.      not publishable because of small numbers, confidentiality or other concerns about the quality of the data