Job Vacancy:

Director of Pharmacy – Royal Darwin Palmerston Hospitals

Position: Full time, fixed term from January 2020 to April 2021 (maternity leave cover)
Job Code: 851
Employer: Royal Darwin Palmerston Hospitals
Salary: Remuneration Package $159,779 - $174,000 (including salary $139,066 - $151,573)
Closing application date: 18/11/2019

Job Description

Royal Darwin Hospital (RDH) is fully accredited and the premier teaching hospital in the Northern Territory with over 400 beds. It has links with Flinders Medical School, Menzies School of Health Research, and the Charles Darwin University. Palmerston Regional Hospital (PRH) is a new 116-bed sub-campus of the RDH with services integrated across the two campuses.

Specialties include Aboriginal health, renal medicine, critical care units (both adult and neonatal), tropical diseases, cancer services, and mental health services in addition to standard medical, surgical and paediatric areas.

Department Information
The pharmacy department is modern and progressive. The department is made up of 36 pharmacists and 24 pharmacy technicians.

Services provided include ward based clinical and drug information services, in-patient and out-patient dispensing, sterile and non-sterile manufacturing. The regional pharmacy provides services to remote health centres giving you the opportunity to deliver clinical pharmacy services to patients and staff living in the outback.

The department has close links with Charles Darwin University and provides teaching services to the undergraduate pharmacy degree program and is developing joint practice research projects.

We are seeking an experienced senior Pharmacist to lead our team while the current Director is on maternity leave.

Primary Objective: Manage the pharmacy department at the Royal Darwin Hospital / Palmerston Regional Hospital (RDPH) and provide strategic leadership and advice on issues related to pharmacy service provision within the Top End Health Service (TEHS) and across the Northern Territory (NT).

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Control the acquisition and storage of all required pharmaceuticals to Royal Darwin Hospital / Palmerston Regional Hospital in accordance with relevant legal requirements and coordinate the supply of pharmaceuticals to the hospital and authorised clients.
  2. Provide expert advice, leadership and strategic direction for the provision of Pharmacy services, and improvements in medication management, within Top End Health Services and across the NT through the active participation in professional, policy, and program development at local, territory and national levels.
  3. Foster a positive workplace culture through exemplary leadership practices and role modelling behaviour.
  4. Follow defined service quality standards, work health and safety policies and procedures relating to the work being undertaken in order to ensure high quality, safe services and workplaces.
  5. Be responsible for the financial and human resources management of the pharmacy department and provide accurate reports and analysis on drug distribution and costs.
  6. Provide strategic leadership in the development of pharmacy education programmes within the NT in partnership with tertiary institutions.
  7. Maintain a commitment to ensuring contemporary knowledge, leadership practices, and professional development.


  • Six weeks paid annual leave with 17% loading
  • Three weeks personal leave per annum
  • Superannuation contributions of 9% are paid by the NT government
  • Salary sacrifice of up to $9 010 into personal loans, residential rent, Novated vehicle leasing and other items.
  • Salary sacrifice into superannuation

Short-term on-site accommodation may be available for a nominal rent, subject to availability.

Selection Criteria:

  1. A degree or relevant qualification in Pharmacy and unconditional registration as a pharmacist with the Pharmacy Board of Australia.
  2. Demonstrated extensive working experience in Hospital Pharmacy with substantial demonstrated experience in in Hospital Pharmacy management or similar.
  3. Demonstrated leadership, negotiation and change management skills including the ability to develop and maintain trust, establish clear goals and exercise fair and objective judgement.
  4. Ability to provide expert advice on the interpretation and implementation of relevant legislation.
  5. Expert knowledge and experience in the delivery of pharmacy services and medicines management in urban and remote settings.
  6. Outstanding written and verbal communication skills including the ability to communicate and liaise effectively with a variety of stakeholders within a complex cross cultural environment.
  7. High level knowledge in and experience in human and financial resource management.
  8. Demonstrated ability to direct and manage program and policy development and plan, implement, evaluate, review and report on Pharmacy Services projects within budget and prescribed time-frames.

Additional information:

If you want your career to go places then join Department of Health in the Northern Territory. The challenges and opportunities in health and community care in the Territory are like no other in Australia, from remote Aboriginal health to tropical health and urban tertiary care. Continued investments in Aboriginal health, remote health, acute care and community services offer many opportunities for health professionals who want to be part of making a difference.

Applicants should address the selection criteria in a one page summary sheet and provide a current detailed CV and contact details for 2 referees. Information on the Northern Territory and its great lifestyle is available at
Note: The preferred or recommended applicant will be required to hold a current Working with Children Clearance notice / Ochre Card (application forms available from and undergo a criminal history check. A criminal history will not exclude an applicant from this position unless it is a relevant criminal history.

How to Apply

Via this website
Download this position description and apply directly: Further Information:
Contact: Jo Wallace 08 892 28359