Preventing Rheumatic Fever
The prevention of rheumatic fever by two thirds is a key public health priority and one of ten Better Public Service goals set by the Government. Māori and Pacific children and young adults (aged 4–19) are disproportionately affected by acute rheumatic fever with the majority of cases in New Zealand presenting in these population groups. The National Rheumatic Fever Prevention Programme being led by the Ministry of Health provides a framework for a ‘whole of system’ approach to reduce the incidence of rheumatic fever. AH+ has been involved in the implementation of the national strategy in the following ways:
- Sore Throat Management clinics for Auckland - AH+ provides management and coordination support on behalf of a service alliance leadership team (SALT) which comprises members of Auckland DHB and four PHOs. SALT oversees the establishment and implementation of free and timely sore throat management services through a group of primary health care clinics, pharmacy and (yet to be established) secondary schools across the Auckland district.
- Rheumatic Fever Prevention Pacific Engagement Strategy - AH+ coordinates this service via eight Pacific health providers to implement the Pacific engagement strategy (PES) across the Auckland region. The strategy focuses on face to face engagement, health literacy and community awareness raising activities aimed at increasing the awareness and understanding of sore throat management and the prevention of rheumatic fever for Pacific families across Auckland. In year one of the programme, the engagement target of 11,000 was exceeded with 16,710 Pacific families receiving a health literacy engagement from a PES provider. The Pacific engagement strategy included having a strong presence at the 2014 Pasifika and Polyfest festivals which provided an opportunity to engage 1268 Pacific young people, parents and caregivers to raise awareness of rheumatic fever prevention. The events received strong support from the Pacific community and the festival concept “Mama’s House™” was featured on One News.
- Auckland Wide Healthy Housing Initiative (AWHI) – AH+ and the National Hauora Coalition have engaged in a joint venture to provide coordination services (via a hub) to fast track improved housing solutions for those families who meet eligibility criteria as determined by the Ministry of Health (low income, clinical diagnosis and a function/structural crowding issue).
|Rapid Response – Sore Throat ClinicsTemukisa Amituana’iProgramme Coordinator – Rheumatic Fever PreventionTemukisaA "at" alliancehealth.org.nzPh: 09 588 4355MOB: 021 317690|
|Pacific Engagement StrategyTemukisa Amituana’iProgramme Coordinator – Rheumatic Fever PreventionTemukisaA "at" alliancehealth.org.nzPh: 09 588 4355MOB: 021 317690|
|AWHIadmin "at" awhi.co.nzPH 09 281 2314FAX: 09 281 2315|
Rheumatic Fever Film Project
MPIA has been driving a project aimed at 13-19 year old Pasifika, where the young people have created six short films to raise awareness about rheumatic fever. The aim is that these films will contribute to positive change for young Pacific people, and raise awareness of the signs, symptoms and risks of rheumatic fever.
The initiative is being led by the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs in partnership with the Ministry of Health’s Rheumatic Fever Prevention Programme (RFPP).
Health Education & Awareness Raising - key to reducing the rate of Rheumatic fever in Pacific & Maori communities
The Ministry of Health recenty released data indicating the national number of hospitalisations for first time notifications of Rheumatic fever for Pacific people has dropped by 31% since 2013 and Maori has dropped by 36% since 2012. These results are very encouraging and show how an all of system approach to increasing health literacy, providing free access to health services and treatment, and addressing housing issues all contributed to reducing Rheumatic fever for those families most at risk. READ FULL ARTICLE HERE
To read more, please follow the above link to the full article published in Issue 7 of Pacific Peoples Health in the Spacifik Magazine. To see more from Pacific Peoples Health, visit their website at www.pacificpeopleshealth.co.nz
Rheumatic Fever Sing Off - Pasifika Festival 2016
Although the national rheumatic fever rate significantly dropped 45% since 2012, the reduction of first episode admission for our Pacific population of 27% is way behind that of Maori which has reduced 54%. It’s why initiatives such as the Mama’s House Sing Off competition, at the 2016 Pasifika Festival in March, are as essential as ever. With 12 churches engaged in competition to create and perform music that promotes rheumatic fever prevention, the many hundreds who listened took home knowledge of how to prevent the deadly disease. READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE
To read more, please follow the above link to the full article published in Issue 9 of Pacific Peoples Health in the Spacifik Magazine. To see more frim Pacific Peoples Health, vivis their website at www.pacificpeopleshealth.co.nz