AMOSS visits the Kimberley

August, 2016

Nearly 90 participants across remote, maternity care, Aboriginal health, and other agencies gathered at the Chronic Diseases workshop in Derby WA to hear powerful stories, including the impact of rheumatic heart disease in pregnancy and renal disease. Geri Vaughan continued with inservices and meetings in the Kimberley and Perth. The RHD in pregnancy study highlights the importance of early (and ongoing) monitoring during pregnancy. Midwives, GPs and remote and Aboriginal health services play a critical role in checking for a history of rheumatic fever/RHD, follow-up cardiac assessment and continuing monthly bicillin injections where prescribed.