Job Vacancy:

Health Professional Level 4 – Dispensary Lead Pharmacist

Position: Temporary Full-Time. 12 months with the possibility of extension and/or permanency
Job Code: 01KJT
Employer: Canberra Health Services (CHS)
Salary: Annual Salary: $106,043 - $114,146
Closing application date: 17/07/2019

Job Description

Health Professional Level 4 – Dispensary Lead Pharmacist ( 01KJT)


Job Title: Dispensary Lead Pharmacist
Classification: Health Professional Level 4
Position Number: 26204
Annual Salary: $106,043 – $114,146
Branch: Clinic Support Services
Section: Pharmacy – TCH
Vacancy Type: Temporary Full-Time
Duration: 12 months with the possibility of extension and/or permanency
Closing Date: 17 July 2019
Contact Officer: Daniel Lalor (02) 5124 2121

About us:

Canberra Health Services (CHS) is focused 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)—a catchment of approximately 400,000 people. It also services the surrounding Southern New South Wales region which includes the Bega Valley, Bombala, Cooma-Monaro, Eurobodalla, Goulburn, Mulwaree, Palerang, Queanbeyan, Snowy River, Upper Lachlan Shire and the Yass Valley.
CHS administers a range publicly funded health facilities, programs and services including but not limited to:
• The Canberra Hospital: a modern 600-bed tertiary hospital providing trauma services and most major medical and surgical sub-specialty services.
• University of Canberra Hospital Specialist Centre for Rehabilitation, Recovery and Research: a dedicated and purpose-built rehabilitation facility, with 140 inpatient beds, 75-day places and additional outpatient services.
• Three Walk-in Centres: which provide free treatment for minor illness and injury.
• Six community health centres: providing a range of general and specialist health services to people of all ages.
• A range of community based health services including Early Childhood Services, Youth and Women’s Health, Dental Health, Mental Health and Alcohol and Drug Services.

Overview of the work area and position:

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 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 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. Under the broad direction of the Deputy Director of Pharmacy- Operations, the Dispensary Lead Pharmacist will work closely with a team of dedicated and skilled technicians and pharmacists to deliver a safe, efficacious and patient centred service. The responsibility of this position is to provide leadership, management, and coordination of the entire dispensary service. This position will also include advanced clinical, education, research and quality improvement roles.

Eligibility/Other Requirements:

• Appropriate Pharmacist qualifications and eligibility for registration as a Pharmacist with the Pharmacy Board of Australia.
• Postgraduate qualifications in Clinical Pharmacy, Management, Education or Research or extensive clinical pharmacy experience deemed equivalent

• Research experience and/or publication in peer reviewed journals.
• Project management experience.
• The Society of Hospital Pharmacist of Australia (SHPA) membership.
• Current driver’s licence.

Prior to commencement successful candidates may be required to:
• Undergo a pre-employment National Police check.
• Comply with Canberra Health Services credentialing for Allied Health professionals.
• Provide a Compliance Certificate from OMU (Occupational Medicine Unit) relating to assessment, screening and vaccination processes against specified infectious diseases.


This is a temporary position available for 12 months with the possibility of extension and/or permanency. The position holder will also integrate into the CHS Pharmacy team and will provide a range of pharmacy services on weekends, after hours and public holidays as rostered, including on call.


• Manage the day-to-day operations of the dispensary, including the management of workflow through prioritisation and delegation of tasks.
• Provide professional supervision to all levels of pharmacists, students, and technical and other support staff working within the pharmacy dispensary.
• Represent the pharmacy department through professional leadership and advocacy, and liaise with internal and external agencies as required, including national pharmacy networks relevant to pharmacy dispensary services.
• Promote safe, efficacious, and economical use of medicines, ensuring relevant local drug budgets are monitored and managed and that supply of medicines is in accordance with the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme and the CHS Formulary.
• Provide advanced level clinical pharmacy services from a dispensary setting, proactively develop own knowledge and expertise to serve the functions of the role and the environment and keep abreast of emerging trends in pharmacy dispensary services.
• Provide education, training and mentorship to new staff, students and all other relevant groups including (but not limited to) pharmacy staff, medical staff, and nursing staff.
• Develop and contribute to practice based research, medication safety initiatives, accreditation activities, policy and procedure review, strategic planning and service review, and quality improvement projects relevant to pharmacy dispensary services in coordination with the Quality Use of Medicines, Research and Education and management teams.
• Undertake other duties appropriate to this level of classification which contribute to the operation of the section with the delivery of high-quality person and family centred, safe and high quality patient care.

Selection Criteria:

Selection Criteria.

These are the key criteria for how you will be assessed in conjunction with your resume and experience. Your statement of claims against the selection criteria should summarise how your skills and experiences would enable you to fulfil the responsibilities of the position. It is therefore in the interests of candidates to present their application in a way that demonstrates significant outcomes associated with each of the criteria, as well as the capabilities and behaviours that underpin them. (Please note that it is not necessary to address the capabilities and behaviours individually).

1. Proven high level of competence, expertise, skills and ability to apply clinical judgment in the provision of hospital pharmacy services, including a high level of understanding of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) and the principles of formulary management.

2. Demonstrated high level interpersonal and communication skills, the ability to consult, negotiate and liaise effectively with colleagues in the multidisciplinary setting and with patients, showing a commitment to building and maintaining effective working relationships, including managerial and/or high level supervisory skills.

3. Demonstrated ability to lead and manage a team including the ability to delegate and prioritise work, coordinate workflow, lead activities to improve service provision, and provide supervision for junior staff.

4. Demonstrated expertise in education, mentoring and training, and the ability to impart knowledge and skills to pharmacy staff, students, hospital clinicians, and other stakeholders.

5. Demonstrated commitment to work, health and safety (WH&S) and the positive patient experience and displays behaviour consistent with Canberra Health Service’s values of Care, Excellence, Collaboration and Integrity.

How to Apply

To complete your application, you must prepare responses to the Selection Criteria and upload this as part of your application along with a current curriculum vitae. For more information on how to apply go to For further information about the position and a copy of the performance expectations and jobs demands checklist, please contact the Contact Officer above.

Job: Allied Health

Salary Range: 106,043.00 – 114,146.00

Contact Name: Daniel Lalor

Contact Email:

How to Apply

Via this website
Further Information:
Contact: Daniel Lalor 02 5214 2121