Health Professionals | Northland DHB

Health Professionals

Rheumatic Fever is Notifiable

Please notify all suspected and confirmed cases of rheumatic fever (both acute and recurrent attacks). Contact 09-430 4100 and ask to speak to the Medical Officer of Health.

Rheumatic Fever Plans
Warmer, drier homes toolkit  

These tips will help you to shape your conversations with families, empowering them to keep their homes warmer and drier and prevent germs from spreading.

You can choose which tips to share, depending on the families you work with, and the relationships you have with them. If you feel any of the tips are inappropriate for the family, please feel free to leave them out of the conversation.

The information on the back of each tip is to guide your discussions with families and can be adjusted to suit different situations.

If families choose to follow even just a couple of these key tips, they may be able to make their home significantly warmer, drier and more comfortable to live in.

They may also reduce the likelihood of a family member contracting rheumatic fever or other respiratory illnesses.

Downloadable resources


National Heart Foundation Rheumatic Fever Guidelines


  • Rheumatic Fever Guideline 1: Diagnosis, Management and Secondary Prevention
  • Rheumatic Fever Guideline 2: Group A Streptococcal Sore Throat Management
  • Rheumatic Fever Guideline 3: Proposed Rheumatic Fever Primary Prevention Programme
  • A summary of the New Zealand Guidelines for Rheumatic Fever

Algorithm 1 to 4

  • Algorithm 1: A Guide for Diagnosis of Acute Rheumatic Fever (ARF)
  • Algorithm 2: A Guide for the Use of Echocardiography in Acute Rheumatic Fever (ARF)
  • Algorithm 3: A Guide for the Duration of Secondary Prophylaxis in Acute Rheumatic Fever (ARF)
  • Algorithm 4: A Guide for Sore Throat Management
Online learning resources
  • Learnonline - Register and follow instruction guide. Preventing Rheumatic Fever modules one and three.
  • Goodfellows - Register to access learning module on Rheumatic Fever.


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