The NSW Government will ease the pressure on patients who find it difficult to get an appointment with a GP, by making it easier to access more medications through a local pharmacy.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Adam Crouch said the reform will expand the number of vaccinations pharmacists can administer, trial pharmacists prescribing medication for urinary tract infections and develop a pilot for trained pharmacists to prescribe medications for a range of other conditions.
“These ground-breaking reforms aim to relieve pressure on emergency departments and wait times to see a GP by giving our community more access to primary care services,” Mr Crouch said.
“This announcement is yet another innovative way in which the NSW Liberals and Nationals Government are delivering reforms to combat the pressures currently facing health systems across the nation.”
The NSW Government will increase the community’s access to primary care through:
Mr Crouch said that the COVID-19 pandemic provided a prime example of just how vital of a role local pharmacists play in keeping the community safe and well.
“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic many of us opted to visit our local and trusted pharmacist to receive a vaccine,” Mr Crouch said.
“Following the implementation of this announcement, our community will be able to visit an appropriately trained pharmacist to get a script for things like a urinary tract infection or birth control, easing the burden on our local GPs and reducing wait times for others that require more specialised care.”
NSW Health will work with pharmacists to support the expansion of the vaccination program with education modules and materials for both themselves and their customers.
NSW pharmacists are currently able to administer six vaccines, including COVID-19 and influenza vaccines.
An expression of interest process for participation in the urinary tract infection trial commenced on 14 November 2022.