‘Community pharmacists stand prepared’
REGIONAL Queensland women will now be able to seek immediate advice and treatment, inclusive of the supply of antibiotics when appropriate, for uncomplicated Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) through community pharmacy.
With one in two Australian women experiencing a UTI in their lifetime, being able to receive early, convenient and effective treatment from their local participating community pharmacy is a huge advancement for women’s health.
The Urinary Tract Infection Pharmacy Pilot – Queensland (UTIPP-Q) reached a key milestone with the Queensland Government releasing the Drug Therapy Protocol – Pharmacist UTI Trial. The endorsed model of care enables eligible community pharmacists participating in the pilot to provide empirical treatment to non-pregnant women with acute uncomplicated cystitis, through the supply of antibiotics. Amcal+ Dalby is signed up to the trial and can commence treatments immediately.
The Drug Therapy Protocol is another positive step forward for the historic pilot, which has already seen success with a large majority of community pharmacies registering to participate across Queensland.
Amcal + Dalby Pharmacist, Lachlan Pettiford thanked the Queensland Government for continuing to realise the value of community pharmacy in delivering accessible primary healthcare.
“Community pharmacists stand prepared and waiting to increase their scope of practice and deliver more health services to regional Queenslanders,” Mr Pettiford.
We have seen first-hand the importance of community pharmacy this year with consumers relying heavily on their trusted community pharmacy for healthcare advice and flu immunisation throughout the pandemic.”
“Pharmacists complete a minimum five years of training as well as ongoing, mandatory professional development and have specialist training prior to participating in the UTI Pilot2.”
Mr Pettiford said that community pharmacy is well placed to reduce unnecessary hospitalisations and strain on Government resources due to uncomplicated urinary tract infections, particularly in a time when we have seen the coronavirus pandemic impact many GP and hospital resources.
“Community pharmacists are conveniently located, with extended opening hours and no appointments necessary ensuring that women experiencing a UTI can be seen and treated immediately to avoid further complications that could result in hospitalisation.”