About Us

About Us

Chronic UTI Australia is the only national patient advocacy organisation dedicated to urinary tract infection (UTI).  As a completely volunteer-run organisation, we work towards raising awareness of chronic UTI and for improved, evidence-based UTI testing and treatment in Australia. Chronic UTI Australia is funded through donations and receives no industry or government funding. If you would like to make a donation to help our work, please click here.

Our Story

The Chronic UTI Australia website came about after a small group of Australian women met online through their own experiences with chronic urinary tract infections. By networking and sharing research information, resources and personal experiences over several years, it was decided this information and knowledge would be complied and made available to others searching for answers to their own ongoing urinary symptoms.  In 2017 the Chronic UTI Australia website came to life.  As interest grew, in 2018 we made it official and became an incorporated association, followed by endorsement by the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission (ACNC) in 2019 as a registered health promotions charity (HPC).*  In 2022-23 we conducted a large survey of our patient community to better understand the impact chronic UTI has on people’s lives.  You can read the ‘Hearing Patient Voices’ survey report here.

Our Mission

Our mission is to put urinary tract infection (UTI) on Australia’s public health agenda by advocating for awareness, recognition, education, research, and improved testing and treatment for ALL forms of UTI.  Ultimately, we want to stop the underdiagnosis of UTI so that chronic UTI does not develop and cause needless suffering that so often destroys lives.

Our Goals

Our goals are to:

  • Raise awareness and acknowledgement of chronic urinary tract infection (UTI) throughout Australia.


  • Ensure existing UTI testing is recognised for its gross insensitivities and is replaced with improved and appropriate diagnostic tests.


  • Advocate for, and collaborate with professional groups on, the development of new guidelines for UTI treatment that adequately address the 25-35 percent of patients who fail standard antibiotic therapy.


  • Advocate for, and collaborate with professional groups on, the development of new diagnostic testing and treatment guidelines specifically for chronic UTI.


  • Distribute relevant and up-to-date information, research and resources about UTI, with the aim of helping support people (and their carers) living in Australia who have been diagnosed with, or suspect they have, chronic UTI.


  • Help support and promote scientific UTI research globally, with the aim of finding more accurate diagnostic tools and fast, effective and safe treatment for all forms of UTI.


Read more about the work we have been doing to meet our goals in our 2019/20, 2020/21 and 2021/22 Annual Reports by clicking here.

Our Sponsor

In 2020 we were pleased to join forces with Sarah Willmott, founder of Feel Better Box and Joode, to tackle the growing problem of urinary tract infections.  You can learn more about Sarah here.











Joode Socks Australia

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Our Memberships

We have chosen to hold memberships with the following organisations



Urinary Tract Infection Global Alliance

*The volunteers behind Chronic UTI Australia do not have medical training or qualifications.

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Chronic UTI Patient Survey 2023


Joode Socks Australia


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