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The “Take Heart” film is a resource aimed at increasing the wider communities understanding of Rheumatic Heart Disease and the progress being made to eliminate RHD for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.  It was developed as a part of the “Take the Heart” RHD Campaign in conjunction with National Closing the Gap Day and outlines 5 priority asks under the ENDRHD strategy. 

“Take the Heart Campaign” are encouraging people to host screening events for their resource film. People are invited to host a screening of Take Heart for their relevant network’s between National Close the Gap Day and Thursday, 18 April. Film available at http://takeheart.tv/see-it/.

What is ENDRHD

END RHD is an alliance of health, research and community organisations leading the movement to end rheumatic heart disease in Australia by: 

  • Working with the communities most at risk of rheumatic heart disease to identify Indigenous-owned, community-led strategies to successfully tackle the disease. 
  • Securing funding and the political will to turn the world class research conducted by the End Rheumatic Heart Disease Centre of Research Excellence (END RHD CRE) into action through the development of the Endgame strategy. 
  • Educating and empowering Australians about the role they can play in ending RHD. 

The founding members of END RHD are the Australian Medical Association, the Heart Foundation, Menzies School of Health Research, Telethon Kids Institute, the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO), the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory (AMSANT), the Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia (AHCWA), the Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia (AHCSA), the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC), and the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of NSW (AH&MRC).

ACM signed up to End RHD because

  • The Australian College of Midwives (ACM) is the professional body and membership organisation representing midwives and midwifery students of Australia and midwives work with women and families affected by RHD.
  • The ACM’s purpose is to enable strong and confident midwives and to position and profile midwifery as the primary profession for quality maternity care through advocacy, CPD and support and so we believe midwives need to know about RHD and it is important for us to share information with the wider community to improve health.
  • The ACM has a commitment to improving the health outcomes of all birthing women and their babies with a particular focus on Australia’s Indigenous communities, starting with ensuring there is support for and growth of the Indigenous midwifery workforce.
  • The ACM recognise the need for all health professionals, including midwives, to work together with local communities to END RHD such that solutions and leadership can be community-led and reflective of the needs of the population.

ACM’s related work to date

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The Australian College of Midwives (ACM) is the peak professional body for midwives in Australia who are registered with, and regulated by, the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). The ACM’s position is that women be attended during pregnancy, birth and postnatally by a midwife who is registered with the NMBA.