Call for a national sore throat guideline

Adrian J Tarca, Robert M Hand and Rosemary Wyber
Med J Aust 2019; 210 (10): . || doi: 10.5694/mja2.50166
Published online: 3 June 2019

To the Editor: Pharyngitis, a common childhood illness, accounts for around 3% of presentations to general practice in Australia.1 Although usually benign and self‐limiting, group A streptococcus (GAS) pharyngitis, isolated in up to 20% of symptomatic children,2 can lead to infectious and autoimmune sequelae. Despite Australia being a high income country, acute rheumatic fever (ARF) and rheumatic heart disease (RHD) still cause significant morbidity and mortality in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.3

  • Adrian J Tarca1
  • Robert M Hand2
  • Rosemary Wyber2,3

  • 1 Perth Children's Hospital, Perth, WA
  • 2 Telethon Kids Institute, University of Western Australia, Perth, WA
  • 3 George Institute for Global Health, Sydney, NSW


We acknowledge the contribution of Asha Bowen to this review and analysis. Rosemary Wyber is supported by a National Health and Medical Research Council Postgraduate Scholarship (1151165).

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