A trial for appropriately trained pharmacists to provide community access to important medications and treatments, usually only available with a prescription, is running in NSW.

The University of Newcastle is leading the trial in association with the University of Technology Sydney, Macquarie University, University of New England, Charles Sturt University, The George Institute for Global Health and the Hunter Medical Research Institute.

Urinary tract infection treatment

From May 2023, participating pharmacists can provide treatment for uncomplicated urinary tract infections (UTIs) in women aged from 18 to 65 years (inclusive) as part of this trial.

Initially, a small feasibility study will occur for UTI management in randomly selected pharmacies to test the service in real world conditions. The service will be available in more pharmacies from mid-2023.

Oral contraceptive pill

From July 2023, the trial will be expanded to allow eligible women to receive a resupply of their low-risk oral contraceptive pill (the pill) from participating pharmacists. Women must be aged from 18 to 35 years (inclusive) and have been prescribed the pill for contraceptive purposes in the last two years by a doctor (GP) or nurse practitioner.

Information for the community - UTI treatment

Learn if you are eligible for UTI treatment at your local pharmacy.
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Information for the community - Oral contraceptive pill

Learn if you can get a resupply of your oral contraceptive pill at a pharmacy from July 2023.
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Information for pharmacists

If you are a pharmacy owner, or pharmacist, learn more about participating in the trial.
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Find a participating pharmacy

Search for a pharmacist near you that is taking part in the trial and can provide advice.
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Current as at: Monday 15 May 2023
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