Acute Rheumatic Fever and Rheumatic Heart Disease: An Introduction
Acute Rheumatic Fever and Rheumatic Heart Disease are preventable diseases disproportionately affecting Indigenous Australians. Many clinicians are unaware that, despite being largely eliminated from developed countries, Australia still has one of the highest rates in the world of acute rheumatic fever (ARF) and rheumatic heart disease (RHD) among its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population.
Diana commenced as the Senior Nurse Advisor at RHDAustralia in January 2018. Her role is development and dissemination of education and resources, for clinicians, patients, families and communities about acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease.
Her nursing career started at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children, Perth, in the early 1980s and continued in paediatric acute and primary care in regional and remote areas of Australia for the next 15 years.
After a short stint overseas, her practice diversified into perioperative nursing and clinical education and has held education positions at Central Queensland University, Mater Hospital, Brisbane and now at Menzies School of Health Research.
Diana’s nursing training is supported by a post-registration degree in nursing, honors in clinical leadership, cert 4 in training and assessment, post-grad cert in perioperative nursing, and a master’s degree in public health and tropical medicine.