Transcript of Better Cardiac Care - Rayboy's story.

Elizabeth Wymarra: Hey you fellas I'm guessing you're watching this video cause you or someone you know has had acute rheumatic fever or even rheumatic heart disease. Well let's take a look at Rayboy's story and find out more aye?

[Rayboy enters clinic.]

Receptionist: Hey Rayboy how are you?

Rayboy: Yeah good. Feeling really good. My team smashed the Broncos last night.

Receptionist: Well that's good they need to finally win a game.

Rayboy: Yeah, go away, they're gonna kill it in the finals. Hey John, where you off?

Health worker: Nowhere, bud just about to run off and get a feed.

Rayboy: Bring us back a feed then.

Health worker: Yeah, sure thing.

[Rayboy approaches boy in waiting area.]

Rayboy: What's your name bud?

Sam: I'm Sam.

Rayboy: What you here for?

Sam: I gotta get a needle for my rheumatic heart disease. It's my first time.

Rayboy: Ah. Don't be scared, I was just like you. It looks like could hurt, but hey if it gets me back to playing footy I'm all for it.

Sam: I'm still a bit confused about what this rheumatic heart disease is all about.

Rayboy: All I know is it's not good for your heart.

Elizabeth Wymarra: An untreated throat infection can lead to something called acute rheumatic fever. When this affects the heart, damage can occur, leading to rheumatic heart disease. Now for people with rheumatic heart disease, like Sam or Rayboy, it's very important to have antibiotic injections every three to four weeks so the heart doesn't get more damaged.

Now you may need these injections for 10 years or more, but by signing up to the New South Wales rheumatic heart disease register, you will be sent reminders on when your injections are due. The register will even help arrange for your injections if you go to another town or go interstate. How good's that?

Receptionist: Rayboy, Dr Hope will see you now.

Rayboy: Alright, mad. Catch you later Sam.

Sam: Seeya.

Doctor: Hey Rayboy, how are you going?

Rayboy: Yeah, good. You got my penicillin shot ready?

Doctor: We sure do. You're doing so well after six months so thanks for coming back, please don't forget about us.

Rayboy: You know I wouldn't miss it.

Doctor: Have you been seeing a dentist?

Rayboy: Yeah, can't you tell? They're all straight and white and deadly aye?

Doctor: Look I can and it's so important as I explained last time, keeping on top of the dental stuff is really important for you. Also quite important for you to see the heart doctor. She's here next month from the 18th, really keen for you to come for that appointment.

Rayboy: Yeah Doc, I'll be here on the 18th. I'll remember that.

Doctor: Alright, great stuff.

Rayboy: This needle scares me, but I'll be right.

Doctor: Alright. Well it won't take too long.

[Rayboy returns to waiting area.]

Receptionist: See you next month then Rayboy.

Rayboy: You know it. See you later Sam.

Sam: Seeya.

Text overlay: One year later.

[Rayboy and Sam are in a park, kicking and passing a football to each other.]

Elizabeth Wymarra: Well that's a wrap. Rayboy's gonna be just fine. So don't forget, the best way to stop more damage to your heart is to have regular antibiotic injections every three to four weeks for at least ten years. Now it's important to have your regular check-ups including trips to the dentist and the cardiologist - that's the heart specialist - and that register we were talking about it can be just with your family need to help in your treatment journey. If you have any more questions you can visit these two here deadly websites (RHD Australia and NSW Health).

Text overlay: We would like to acknowledge the Wiradjuri people whose lands this film was made on and everyone else who was involved in the development of this film.

Rayboy: Michael Cochrane Jnr
Receptionist: Ashleigh Naden
Health worker: Ronny Leonard
Doctor: Dr Steven Peterson
Sam: Kayden Morgan

Current as at: Thursday 5 September 2019
Contact page owner: Centre for Aboriginal Health