Pharmacy UTI service made permanent

Date: 13 July 2022

The announcement that the Urinary Tract Infection Pharmacy Pilot – Queensland (UTIPP-Q) would be available to Queensland women as a permanent pharmacy service has been welcomed by the Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Queensland Branch.

Branch President Chris Owen said the Queensland Government’s announcement was unequivocal recognition of community pharmacy’s integral role in delivering valuable primary healthcare services to patients.

“I acknowledge and commend the Palaszczuk Government for putting Queensland women’s health needs first,” he said.

“To date, over 820 Queensland community pharmacies have participated in the Program and will be pleased to

continue to provide this primary healthcare service and advance women’s healthcare.

“The statistics are quite clear, with 50 per cent of Australian women experiencing an UTI in their lifetime1. The nearly 9,000 women that have accessed the UTI service since its inception are evidence that this service is in demand and provides positive health outcomes.”

“Those women who don’t have access to a GP clinic or cannot book an immediate appointment due to the sudden onset of symptoms, will be able to access safe, effective and convenient care at their local pharmacy for uncomplicated UTIs.”

Mr Owen said in Queensland, 97 per cent of metropolitan and 66 per cent of regional consumers were less than 2.5km from a community pharmacy.

“We know from experience, the quicker a case of UTI is diagnosed and treated, the less likely the patient is to

experience further complications that may result in hospitalisation,” he said.

“In 2018 alone, there were more than 20,000 potentially preventable hospitalisations in Queensland due to urinary tract infections and kidney infections.”

Mr Owen also welcomed the release of the independent clinical review of the Pilot’s effectiveness commissioned by Queensland Health and undertaken by independent experts at Queensland University of Technology.

“This review, now made public, has found that the service was of significant value because of improved accessibility and convenience. Patients were happy with the service, would use it again and recommend it to others,” Mr Owen said.

“The independent review also concluded that pharmacists have delivered safe and appropriate care that align to clinical protocols’ and that ‘pharmacists have the appropriate skills, competencies and training to manage the empiric treatment of uncomplicated UTIs in the community pharmacy.

“I hope other Australian states and territories follow Queensland’s lead in recognising the scope of community

pharmacists and providing the same UTI service for women.

“Queensland community pharmacy is progressing in line with other OECD countries, such as England, Wales, New Zealand and Canada, but there is more Queensland community pharmacists can do to practice to their full scope, and we look forward to working closely with the state government to help them to deliver on their election promise in this regard.”

Queensland women can visit findapharmacy.com.au/UTI to find their local community pharmacy providing the UTI service.

Contact: The Guild
Phone: 13GUILD

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