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Rheumatic Heart Disease Australia

RHD Australia

Administering Bicillin

*PLEASE NOTE - The new RHDAustralia e-learning system was activated 6 October 2020. ALL users will be required to register a new account here. (Please check your junk mail if you do not receive an activation email)

About the Administering Bicillin E-learning Module

Begin Administering Bicillin Module

Time to complete: approximately 60 minutes

Have you ever given a Bicillin L-A injection? 

This program is designed for health care workers who care for people with rheumatic heart disease, and especially those who deliver benzathine benzylpenicillin injections. More information is available in the secondary prophylaxis chapter in the 2020 Australian guideline for prevention, diagnosis and management of acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease, 3rd edition.

The learning objectives are to:

  • Define the cause of acute rheumatic fever (ARF)
  • Define rheumatic heart disease (RHD)
  • Define secondary prophylaxis (SP)
  • Identify risk of ARF and RHD in the Australian context
  • Outline basic RHD pathophysiology
  • Identify evidence-based methods to prevent ARF and RHD
  • Describe the concept of days at risk
  • Describe best practice delivery of intra muscular benzathine benzylpenicillin for secondary prophylaxis
  • Identify strategies available to minimise pain and stress for the person receiving SP injections.

To gain Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and a statement of completion, the program must be completed. Each module contained in this program is designed to be completed in the order they are presented.  Modules vary in length. Once enrolled in a program, you can leave and come back any time to where you left off.

On completion of this learning program, you will be eligible for CPD recognition from:

  • Australian College of Nursing
  • Australian College of Midwives
  • Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine PDP activity 

If you prefer to access videos shown the modules without completing a program, go to the dashboard, and click on ‘videos available for non-CPD viewing’ in the quick links box, or access these on the RHDAustralia resources website page.

Please note: Pictures in these videos have been very kindly shared  for educational use by many people and programs around Australia. The videos in this e-learning program may contain pictures of people who have died.

Acknowledgements: Queensland RHD Control Program produced this program in conjunction with the BPG education committee.

This module provides an overview of the different injection sites for Bicillin LA for people with a history of acute rheumatic fever or rheumatic heart disease.    


Last Updated 
13 November 2020
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