UTI resources – Tasmania
In 2021 the Tasmanian Government committed to undertake a scope of practice review for local pharmacists and to consider what other services and support pharmacists could safely provide for the community (the Review). In December 2022, KPMG were appointed to conduct the review and provided their report in mid-2023. The Tasmanian Government has accepted all the recommendations made in the report.
The first initiative will allow endorsed pharmacists, practising in approved premises to be involved in a 12-month pilot to prescribe antibiotics for uncomplicated urinary tract infections in accordance with the protocol published on Department of Health website.
This pilot will commence on the 1st of March 2024.
Pharmacists who meet the conditions and approved training requirements can apply to be endorsed to supply approved oral antibiotics when practising in approved premises. The Protocol for Management of Urinary Tract Infections (Tasmanian Community Pharmacist Pilot Program) details the type of antibiotics that can be supplied as well as the permitted quantity of supply.
Tasmanian pharmacists should refer to the Protocol for Management of Urinary Tract Infections (Tasmanian Community Pharmacist Pilot Program) .
Further information is available on the Tasmanian Department of Health Tasmanian Community Pharmacy Program website.
How can Tasmanian pharmacists start to get ready
1. Complete 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. Provide 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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