|Title:||Notifications of Acute Rheumatic Fever (ARF) and Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD)|
|Document ID:||Information Circular IC 0236/15|
|Date of issue:||Thursday, 10 December 2015|
|Description:||Describe the statuory requirements to notify all cases of Acute Rheumatic Fever (ARF) and Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD)|
|Legal requirements:||The Health (Rheumatic Heart Disease Register of Western Australia) Regulations 2015
|Applicable to:||Chief Executive Officers of all hospitals, and all medical and nurse practitioners|
|Period of effect:||from 26 August 2015 to 26 August 2020|
|Review date:||19 May 2020|
|Authorised by:||Professor Tarun Weeramanthri, Assistant Director General, Public Health Division, 24-Aug-2015|
|Print version:||View print version|
Notifications of Acute Rheumatic Fever (ARF) and Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD)
From 19 June 2015, under State health legislation, all known cases of Acute Rheumatic Fever (ARF) and Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD) must be notified to the Rheumatic Heart Disease Register of Western Australia.
The Health (Rheumatic Heart Disease Register of Western Australia) Regulations 2015 apply to:
The legal duty to notify includes all patients that have, and are currently being treated for, ARF or RHD. This includes knowledge of previous diagnoses or treatments; even if made in another State or Territory.
The requirements only apply to information about a diagnosis or treatment, diagnostic test or medical report prepared after 19 June 2015.
Health professionals need to inform patients that it is a statutory requirement to send information to the WA RHD Register. A patient may request, in writing, limited disclosure of identifying information available to health sites and health professionals.
For more information on how to notify and the information required, please refer to: http://ww2.health.wa.gov.au/Corporate/Articles/U_Z/WA-rheumatic-heart-disease-register
Professor Tarun Weeramanthri
This circular last updated: Thursday, 10 December 2015 at 11:48am