Rheumatic fever

The webpage (rf.hpa.org.nz) compiles resources from the national Rheumatic Fever Awareness Campaigns (2014-2017). These resources were developed by the Health Promotion Agency (HPA) for the Ministry of Health Rheumatic Fever Prevention Programme. They are available for District Health Boards (DHBs) and Health Providers to use in their regional awareness raising activities. 

HPA was funded from 2014 to 2017 by the Ministry of Health to:

  • help raise the importance of getting sore throats checked (for strep A) among Māori and Pacific (Samoan and Tongan) parents of children and young people in 11 regions at high risk of rheumatic fever
  • provide consistent messaging on getting sore throats checked and completing the full course of antibiotics, if prescribed; and on practical ways to keep homes warmer and drier
  • develop some quality tools to support awareness raising activities in the regions. 

The campaigns utilised a variety of channels, including TV, radio and online promotion (Search, YouTube and Facebook), print and targeted local channels such as outdoor (mobile billboards, bus backs, In-Community posters and digital screens).

The campaigns focused on 11 regions in the North Island with a high incidence of rheumatic fever:

  • Wider Auckland (Waitematā, Auckland, Counties-Manukau)
  • Northland
  • Waikato
  • Bay of Plenty
  • Tairāwhiti
  • Hawke’s Bay
  • Lakes (Rotorua, Taupo, Tūrangi)
  • Wider Wellington (Capital and Coast, and Hutt Vallley). 

The final national campaign finished on 31 July 2017. The government has allocated funding to the 11 DHBs with a high incidence of rheumatic fever until 2022 to help them provide rheumatic fever prevention activities, such as continuing to promote rheumatic fever awareness raising, access to sore throat management and healthy housing. 

The majority of the resources used in the campaigns are available to support regional awareness activities.

These resource files can be accessed at rf.hpa.org.nz


Shared by Eastern Bay Primary School Alliance with permission from Te Mahoe School.