VWD – why the change?

Global VWD Call to Action

You may notice that HFA is now starting to use the term von Willebrand disease for VWD instead of von Willebrand disorder.

This is part of our commitment to align with the Global VWD Call to Action and the development of the VWD diagnostic and clinical management guidelines.

For many years the Australian bleeding disorders community has preferred the term von Willebrand disorder, although the medical diagnosis is von Willebrand disease.  Our involvement in the global effort to standardise the VWD diagnostic guidelines means we are adopting the internationally accepted term von Willebrand disease, which is also used by the World Federation of Hemophilia.

If you have any questions about this change, please feel free to contact HFA on hfaust@haemophilia.org.au or call 1800 807 173.

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