Posted December 5th, 2023

Myall Lakes residents have been able to receive treatment for a range of conditions at their local pharmacy, under landmark reforms by the former Liberal and Nationals Government.

The 12-month trial began in November 2022, increasing the range of vaccinations that could be administered by a pharmacy, and allowing them to prescribe medication for Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) and the pill.

Tanya Thompson, Member for Myall Lakes said the reforms have been a game changer for the regions, making healthcare more accessible for the community and easing the burden on local hospitals and GPS.

“This reform has been a huge success and transformational for healthcare in the Myall Lakes particularly for women,” Tanya Thompson said.

“Local pharmacies play a crucial role in our communities and by empowering pharmacists to provide access to healthcare previously only available with a prescription has been revolutionary.

“With pharmacies now able to prescribe medication for UTIs and the pill, as well as expanding the range of vaccinations approved for administration by a pharmacist, we have alleviated some of the pressure on local doctors and made it easier for the community to access the health care they need.”

“The NSW Coalition is committed to delivering tangible outcomes that makes people’s lives better, and this just goes to show how good ideas implemented into sound policy can make a real difference.”

More than 5000 women have been able to access UTI treatment over the counter since the trial began and 60 per cent of pharmacies across New South Wales are now participating.

Amelia Harris from Great Lakes Pharmacy said, “It is wonderful that we can assist in this program and provide a service to patients without them having to wait to see a GP.”

“Our pharmacists are able to spend the time with patients, provide appropriate treatment and help manage their symptoms. We also are part of the contraception trial and there is more in the scope of practice coming soon.”

A full list of participating pharmacies is available here.

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