UTI treatment and contraceptive pill access

From 1 March 2024 South Australian women will be able to access advice and medication for a urinary tract infection (UTI) and in May a resupply of their oral contraceptive pill through a local pharmacy. 

Community pharmacists are one of the most accessible health professionals, providing critical medicines, expert advice, and services to the South Australian consumers.

These services complement those available through other health providers such as GPs and hospitals, providing access and choice for consumers to get the health advice and care they need in a timely manner.

This will put patients first and provide faster access to care while helping to ease pressure on hospital emergency departments and wait times to see a GP.

UTI treatment

From 1 March 2024, eligible South Australian women 18-65 years of age with symptoms of uncomplicated urinary tract infections (UTIs) can seek advice and specified antibiotic treatment from trained pharmacists through SA Community Pharmacy UTI Services, without needing a prescription from a doctor.

Patients who are assessed by a pharmacist as being at risk of a complicated UTI, having health complications, or displaying any symptoms of a serious infection, will be recommended to seek medical advice as appropriate. Early access to assessment and treatment for UTIs will reduce pressure on our emergency departments for these services and reduce the likelihood that  women will experience further complications or more severe conditions that may result in hospitalisation. earlier.

Oral contraceptive pill access

From May 2024, eligible women will  be able to obtain a resupply of their oral contraceptive pill (the pill) from participating community pharmacies without a prescription under certain conditions , further easing pressure on GP appointments.