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Bicillin compliance on the rise in Doomadgee

Bicillin compliance on the rise in Doomadgee

2024-02-29 12:36:23

Bicillin compliance on the rise in Doomadgee

29th February 2024

The collaborative efforts between health care service providers in Doomadgee has recently yielded remarkable results in the battle against Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD). 

Recent statistics reveal a substantial rise in Benzathine Benzylpenicillin (Bicillin) Bicillin compliance among individuals with RHD, signaling a significant stride towards eradicating this preventable disease within First Nations communities. 

Throughout January, all patients in Doomadgee requiring Bicillin injections for secondary prophylaxis against RHD received their medication administration, underscoring the critical importance of timely and consistent treatment in preventing Acute Rheumatic Fever, a precursor to RHD. 

North West Hospital and Health Service Chief Executive Sean Birgan said the increase in Bicillin compliance reflected the dedication of the network of healthcare providers and the commitment of the community to combat RHD. 

“This collaborative effort is truly commendable and showcases the power of teamwork in achieving positive health outcomes,” Mr Birgan said. 

This achievement aligns with the objectives outlined in the Rheumatic Heart Disease Action Plan, which emphasises the need for enhanced focus on RHD and collaborative efforts to support consumer engagement. 

Mr Birgan said the statistics following the action plan's success is directly attributed to the significant increase in compliance rates, rising from 70 per cent in January 2023 to an impressive 97.7 per cent in January 2024. 

"The concerted efforts to raise awareness about RHD and the importance of Bicillin injections, coupled with strong teamwork and active consumer engagement, have undoubtedly played a significant role in driving up compliance rates,” Mr Birgan said.