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  1. Future for Pacific Rheumatic FeverLouisa RyanPacific Heartbeat, Heart Foundation27thNovember 2012www.heartfoundation.org.nzfacebook.com/HeartNZ

  2. Pacific Rh Fever  • Pacific children have the highest incidence rate 81.2, Maori 40.2 and 2.1 non-Maori/non-Pacific • Marker for socioeconomic inequity and poor access to health care – personal and societal costs. • Widening gap – Maori and Pacific rates increasing, non-Maori/non-Pacific decreasing • Estimated Rh Fever medical costs for NZ = $10.5 m per annum Ref: Milne, 2012. Percival,2012

  3. Future of Pacific Rh F  • GAP - initiatives to increase in the health workforce and communities awareness of Rh Fever • Prevention pathway – primordial, primary and secondary. • Crucial is treatment of sore throats, diagnoses and treatment (compliance with use of antibiotics) • Success dependent on evidence and knowledge of how initiatives are best applied in local context. • Must apply Pacific lens, world views and approach. Ref:Talemaitoga,2012. Percival,2012