New option for the treatment of UTIs

4 August 2023

Woman talking to a pharmacist

From August 2023, women who have uncomplicated urinary tract infections (UTIs) will have an additional option of accessing antibiotic treatment directly through a pharmacy.

This initiative aligns with similar programs in Queensland, New South Wales, and Victoria.

A urinary tract infection (UTI) is a general term used to describe an infection involving any part of the urinary system. Most UTIs are caused by bacteria which usually live harmlessly in the bowel. If these bacteria spread from the anus to the urethra and up into the urinary system, they can cause an infection.

UTIs are not usually a serious condition, however, they can lead to more serious complications if left untreated. Symptoms include:

  • a prickly, stinging or burning feeling when passing urine
  • needing to urinate a lot
  • a feeling that the bladder is still full after urinating
  • a constant, dull ache in the lower belly
  • cloudy, bloody, or strong-smelling urine.

Visit the urinary tract infection page for more information.

Check Find a Pharmacy (external site) to find out where you can access the service.