2022 Intern Pharmacist

ACT Health
May 25, 2021
PO Box 11 Woden ACT 2605, Canberra, Australia
Job Type
State or territory


Job Description 
Pharmacist Level 1 - Intern Pharmacist ( Job Number:


Job Title:  Intern Pharmacist
Classification: Pharmacist Level 1
Position Number: 45091, several
Annual Salary: $72,260 - $83,418
Branch:  Pharmacy
Division:  Medical Services
Vacancy Type: Temporary full-time (intern)
Duration: 12 months with expected commencement date of January 2022
Closing Date: 24 June 2021
Contact Officer: James Wei (02) 5124 7949 James.Wei@act.gov.au


Our Vision: creating exceptional health care together
Our Role: to be a health service that is trusted by our community
Our Values: Reliable, Progressive, Respectful and Kind


Canberra Health Services (CHS) is focussed on the delivery of high quality, effective, person centred care. It provides acute, sub-acute, primary and community‐based health services, to the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and surrounding region. More information can be found on the CHS website:  https://www.health.act.gov.au/

Canberra Health Services is seeking to recruit intern pharmacist positions for the 2022 intern year. It is anticipated that these positions will start in January 2022 for 12 months.

The Pharmacy sits within the Office of the Executive Director of Medical Services (EDMS) which includes the Physician Training Office, Medical Officer Support, Credentialing, Employment and Training Unit (MOSCETU), GP Liaison Unit (GPLU), Pathology, Pharmacy, Medical Imaging and Library Services.
The CHS Pharmacy Department have a dynamic, talented team of approximately 100 staff, including: pharmacists, technicians, and administration staff.
The department provides a range of clinical services to inpatients and outpatients including a number of specialised services. Under the direction of the Deputy Directors of Pharmacy the intern pharmacists will work closely with a team of dedicated and skilled technicians and pharmacists to deliver a safe, efficacious, and patient centred service.

The pharmacy team charter is “Our competent and professional team will provide a contemporary and forward thinking pharmacy service that gives the best patient focused care possible and is valued by the ACT health community”


CHS is committed to workforce diversity and to creating an inclusive workplace. As part of this commitment we welcome applications from all diversity groups. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people with disability and people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, or Questioning (LGBTIQ) are particularly encouraged to apply.


Behavioural Capabilities
•    Strong organisational skills with a strong work ethic.
•    Adaptability and flexibility to accommodate change and provide responsive services to meet clients’ needs
•    Self-motivated and ability to demonstrate initiative.
•    Thrive in a busy and dynamic environment.

Eligibility/Other Requirements:
Relevant tertiary qualifications (or equivalent) in Pharmacy is required. The successful applicant should be:
Eligible for provisional registration with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
•    Eligible to enrol in an Intern Training Program accredited by the Australia Pharmacy Council.
•    Registration under the ACT Working with Vulnerable People Act 2011
•    The successful applicant will need to be available for occasional weekend and after-hours work, according to the departmental roster.
•    Have an understanding of how the National Standards and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) indicators align with this role.
•    Fulfil the responsibilities of this role as detailed in the CHS Exceptional Care Framework, Clinical Governance Framework, Partnering With Consumers Framework and all other related frameworks.


Prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:
•    Comply with CHS credentialing and scope of clinical practice requirements for allied health professionals.
•    Obtain a Compliance Certificate from OMU (Occupational Medicine Unit) relating to assessment, screening and vaccination processes against specified infectious diseases.
•    Undergo a pre-employment National Police Check.


Note: These are temporary positions available for 12 months with an expected commencement of January 2022. Successful applicants will be expected to sit for their written AHPRA exams and oral AHPRA exams at the earliest scheduled session where they have met the practice hour requirements.


Under limited direction of the Lead Pharmacist for Education and Training you will perform intern pharmacist duties for the Medical Services division within CHS. You will be primarily responsible for the provision of a range of pharmacy services, on weekends and after hours as rostered. The hospital has multiple site locations, and all Pharmacy staff are required to work at across CHS sites as rostered:
•    Attend and participate in the Canberra hospital pharmacy department pre-registration training program, the ACT Health Allied Health Graduate Program & the ACT Health Inter-professional graduate program, or as designated.
•    Dispense medicines for inpatients, outpatient clients and for patients being discharged from the hospital and provide ward based clinical pharmacy services including individual patient medication reviews and interventions.
•    Counsel patients about their medications in order to optimise their therapeutic outcomes.
•    Provide basic medicines information to patients and health professionals.
•    Prepare non-sterile extemporaneous pharmaceuticals and complete relevant theoretical and or practical training in aseptic dispensing.
•    Participate in ongoing professional development, continuing education and performance review.
•    Participate in the department quality improvement projects, educational programs and research activities.
•    Undertake other duties appropriate to this classification which contribute to the operation of the organisation.

These are the key selection criteria for how you will be assessed in conjunction with your resumé and experience:
1.    Proven understanding of a pharmacist’s role in hospital pharmacy practice including; entry level knowledge of pharmacology, pharmacotherapy, and professional attributes sufficient to provide a clinical pharmacy service across a variety of clinical areas.
2.    Appropriate skills to enable effective communication with consumers and colleagues in a written and oral format.
3.    Developed interpersonal skills including the maintenance of a supportive work environment as well as the ability to consult, negotiate and problem solve effectively in the clinical environment.
4.    Engagement in the profession of pharmacy and a commitment to continuous development and extension as a health professional.
5.    Demonstrates a commitment to Work, Health and Safety (WHS) and the positive patient experience and displays behaviour consistent with CHS’s values of Reliable, Progressive, Respectful and Kind.


Applications must be submitted through the e-recruitment system. Applications must include a copy of a current resumé, and a response to the selection criteria under “what you require” in no more than two pages.
Where possible include specific relevant examples of your work.
CHS Contact: James Wei, Acting Lead Pharmacist Education and Training, (02) 5124 7949.



: Allied Health

Salary Range

: 72,260.00 - 83,418.00

Closing Date

: 24/Jun/2021, 11:59:00 PM

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