UTI resources – NSW

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On 14 May 2024, the NSW Government announced that from 1 June 2024,  the UTI Pharmacy Trial would become permanent.


UTI Trial

The NSW Government, together with the University of Newcastle delivered a 12-month state-wide clinical trial where appropriately trained pharmacists prescribed medications for UTIs.


The UTI component of the NSW Pharmacy Trial ran from 15 May 2023 to 31 May 2024.  Over 1000 pharmacies participated in the trial, and more than 17,000 women accessed the UTI service. An independent evaluation of the trial will be conducted, and the University of Newcastle will deliver a final report in 2025.


Pharmacist Requirements – UTI Service

Appropriately trained pharmacists, working in pharmacies with suitable facilities will be able to offer a UTI service, and provide certain antibiotics to eligible people with uncomplicated urinary tract infections.


NSW pharmacists should refer to the NSW Authority for the Supply of specified restricted substances by pharmacists and to the NSW Pharmacist Practice Standards for Use of Antibiotics to Treat Urinary Tract Infections.


Further information is available on the NSW Health website: Treatment of UTIs – information for pharmacists

PSA Resources

1. PSA training program: Managing Uncomplicated Cystitis. This training module will give you the knowledge you need to identify who can be supplied antibiotics for uncomplicated cystitis, and who will need to be referred to their GP.  It will also give you the knowledge you need to choose the most appropriate antibiotic to treat uncomplicated cystitis.

2. UTI Self Care Card. PSA self-care fact cards provide information for individuals about self-care and preventative health. The UTI fact card provides information for individuals on the signs and symptoms of cystitis, treatment, self-care information, links to further resources and when individuals should seek medical attention.

The Self Care program is designed for pharmacies to deliver improved health care to consumers. It provides resources and training to educate pharmacy staff, add value to the consumer’s experience, and aims to increase business growth with tailored health promotions and resources. To learn more click the button below.

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