Emergency and Acute Medicine Pharmacist

Canberra Hospital Pharmacy
June 15, 2022
PO Box 11 Woden ACT 2605, Canberra, Australia
Job Type
State or territory



Directorate Canberra Health Services Reporting Relationships Division Medical Services Emergency & Acute Medicine Pharmacist Branch Pharmacy Position Number P18773 Position Title Emergency & Acute Medicine Pharmacist Classification PH2/3 Location CHS Last Reviewed 8 April 2022 - DS


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/

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 Emergency & Acute Medicine Pharmacist will work within the Emergency Department and Medical Team, to promote quality use of medicines that is safe and cost-effective within Canberra Health Services (CHS). The position holder will provide clinical input under the supervision of the Lead Pharmacist.

The position holder will integrate into the CHS Pharmacy team and will provide a range of pharmacy services on a rostered basis.


Under limited direction of the Lead Pharmacist, you will work closely with a team of dedicated and skilled technicians, pharmacists, and other healthcare practitioners, to deliver a safe, efficacious, and patient centred service. The responsibility of this position is to work with the CHS Emergency Department/ Medical Team, and the Departments of Pharmacy to provide both clinical expertise and leadership in pharmacy services to these areas.

You will:

  1. Provide advanced level of clinical pharmacy service to the Emergency Department and acute medical area, including participation in regular multidisciplinary ward rounds, and provide clinical advice on acute medicine management.
  2. Provide support and proactively contribute to CHS Emergency Medicine related working groups, parties and committees as required.
  3. Participate in activities to assist CHS to meet relevant National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards and Clinical Care Standards. This includes developing and contributing to practice-based research, medication safety initiatives and quality improvement projects as required.
  4. Use principles of continuous quality improvement to improve medicine use across CHS, assisting with collection, analysis and reporting of data relating to the use of medicines in the specialty area.
  5. Contribute to education and training within CHS, participating in the design, delivery, and evaluation of educational initiatives. This includes providing supervision to junior and resident pharmacists, intern pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and students.
  6. Undertake clinical and operational pharmacist duties, within the approved scope of clinical practice as required.


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 2 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 in this specialty area, which may include a post graduate qualification at diploma level or above.
  • The successful applicant will need to be available for shift work, including on call and occasional weekends, 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 Police check.


These are the key selection criteria for how you will be assessed in conjunction with your resumé and experience:

  1. Proven knowledge and understanding of Emergency Medicine principles and strategies in the hospital setting to competently provide expertise and skill in the management of acute care in a range of areas, such as providing advice on therapy choice, dose optimisation, Therapeutic Drug Monitoring, and other issues relating to pharmacotherapy.
  2. High level interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to consult, negotiate and liaise effectively with both internal and external stakeholders independently and actively.
  3. Leadership and management that demonstrates competence at the level defined within the Advanced Pharmacy Practice Framework. While having ability to provide professional supervision to junior pharmacists, graduates, students and support staff, a commitment to continuing professional development and contribute to education and training activities
  4. Demonstrated experience of significant contribution to the development, implementation or maintenance of improvement programs, the collection, analysis and reporting of relevant data, and contributing to policies, procedures, and medication safety initiatives. This may include participation in research initiatives and accreditation activities.
  5. 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.


ADMINISTRATIVE FREQUENCY Telephone use Frequently General computer use Frequently Extensive keying/data entry Occasionally Graphical/analytical based Occasionally Sitting at a desk Occasionally Standing for long periods Occasionally


PSYCHOSOCIAL DEMANDS FREQUENCY Distressed People e.g. Emergency or grief situations Occasionally Aggressive & Uncooperative People e.g. drug / alcohol, dementia, mental illness Occasionally Unpredictable People e.g. Dementia, mental illness, head injuries Occasionally Restraining e.g. involvement in physical containment of clients/consumers Never Exposure to Distressing Situations e.g. Child abuse, viewing dead / mutilated bodies; verbal abuse; domestic violence; suicide Occasionally


PHYSICAL DEMANDS FREQUENCY Distance walking (large buildings or inter-building transit) Frequently Working outdoors Never


MANUAL HANDLING FREQUENCY Lifting 0 – 9kg Occasionally Lifting 10 – 15kg Never Lifting 16kg+ Never Climbing Never Running Never Reaching Occasionally Kneeling Occasionally Foot and leg movement Occasionally Hand, arm and grasping movements Occasionally Bending/squatting Occasionally Bend/Lean Forward from Waist/Trunk twisting Occasionally Push/pull Occasionally Sequential repetitive movements in a short amount of time Never


TRAVEL FREQUENCY Frequent travel – multiple work sites Occasionally Frequent travel – driving Occasionally


SPECIFIC HAZARDS FREQUENCY Working at heights Never Exposure to extreme temperatures Never Operation of heavy machinery e.g. forklift Never Confined spaces Never Excessive noise Never Low lighting Never Handling of dangerous goods/equipment e.g. gases; liquids; biological. Occasionally Slippery or uneven surfaces Never


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