Advanced Training Resident – Medication Safety and Quality

Canberra health Services
May 11, 2022
Canberra, Australia
Job Type
State or territory


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:

The Pharmacy sits within the Division 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 Canberra Health Services (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.

The position holder will undertake a structured training program that will support them to progress toward advanced practice in the field of medication safety and quality.  This training program will include supervised practice in key roles related to the CHS medication safety program.


Under limited direction of the Medication Safety and Quality Pharmacist, and with mentorship from the Director of Pharmacy, you will:

  1. Assist with the enhancement of the quality and safety of medicines use. While supporting practitioners to deliver a safe, efficacious and patient centred service in line with the organisation vision of creating exceptional health care together. Including monitor, support and enhance medicines use systems across CHS.
  2. Undertake retroactive and prospective reviews of medicines use systems to monitor system performance and identify areas of weakness that can be altered to enhance patient safety.
  3. Provide secretariat support to organisational committees that function to enhance the safety and quality of medicines use.
  4. Develop tools, resources, policies and other materials that enhance the safety and quality of medicines use.
  5. Lead and participate in quality improvement projects, educational programs, consumer engagement and research activities that support the quality use of medicines.
  6. Provide supervision to junior pharmacists, interns, pharmacy technicians, and students.
  7. In addition, you will undertake the study, practice assessment and any other requirements of the advanced practice residency as stipulated by the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia.
  8. Undertake other duties appropriate to this level of classification which contribute to the operation of the organisation.


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

  1. Passion for learning and contributing to great healthcare, so as to achieve the best patient care outcomes possible, with the patient's goals and objectives in mind
  2. Strong organisational skills with a high degree of personal drive and integrity
  3. Developed or emerging leadership skills and motivation with the ability to participate in the department's quality improvement projects, educational programs and research activities

Position Requirements/Qualifications:

Be registered or eligible for registration as a Pharmacist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Experience of working professionally as a registered pharmacist in an Australian hospital environment is essential (or in a country where reciprocal arrangements apply with the Australian Pharmaceutical Council Competency Stream Skills Assessment method).

The successful applicant will be appointed to the relevant level 2 or 3 pharmacist position increment based on their qualifications and experience in line with the following criteria:

  • For a level 2 pharmacist position increment – minimum of 3 years’ full time equivalent experience as a registered pharmacist in a hospital setting (as previously defined) and able to demonstrate competency against the National Standards for Advanced Pharmacy Practice at the Transition Level.
  • For a level 3 pharmacist position increment – minimum of 4 years’ full time equivalent experience as a registered pharmacist in a hospital setting (as previously defined) and able to demonstrate competency against the National Standards for Advanced Pharmacy Practice at the Consolidation Level, which may include a post graduate qualification at diploma level or above.
  • The successful applicant will need to be available for occasional weekend and after-hours work, including on call, working across hospital sites as necessary.
  • Have an understanding of how the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) indicators align with this role.
  • Fulfil the responsibilities of this role in alignment to the CHS Exceptional Care Framework, Clinical Governance Framework, Partnering With Consumers Framework and all other related frameworks.

Please note 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 & vaccination processes against specified infectious diseases.
  • Undergo a pre-employment National Police Check.
  • Be registered under the Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Act 2011.


  1. These are the key selection criteria for how you will be assessed in conjunction with your resumé and experience:
  2. Suitable pharmacy experience across a range of operational and clinical specialties, and a high level understanding of medicines use processes in the hospital setting.
  3. Leadership and management that demonstrates competence at the relevant level defined within the Advanced Pharmacy Practice Framework.
  4. High level interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to consult, negotiate and liaise effectively with patients and with colleagues in the multidisciplinary setting. This includes building and maintaining effective working relationships. While having the ability to provide professional supervision to junior pharmacists, graduates, students and support staff and a commitment to continuing professional development.
  5. Demonstrated experience of significant contribution to the development, implementation or maintenance of improvement programs, policy and procedures and medication safety initiatives. This may include participation in research initiatives and accreditation activities.
  6. Demonstrates understanding of, and adherence to, safety and quality standards, work, health and safety (WH&S) and the positive patient experience. Displays behaviour consistent with CHS’s values of reliable, progressive, respectful and kind.


The following work environment description outlines the inherent requirements of the role and indicates how frequently each of these requirements would need to be performed. Please note that the ACT Public Service is committed to providing reasonable adjustments and ensuring all individuals have equal opportunities in the workplace.

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