Job Vacancy:

Health Professional Level 4 – Lead Aseptic and Production Pharmacist

Position: Permanent Full-time
Job Code: 01K6I
Employer: Canberra Health Services
Salary: $104,630 - $112,626
Closing application date: 21/06/2019

Job Description

Health Professional Level 4 – Lead Aseptic and Production Pharmacist (Job Number: 01K6I)


Job Title: Lead Aseptic and Production Pharmacist
Classification: Health Professional Level 4
Position Number: 29898
Annual Salary: $104,630 – $112,626
Branch: Clinical Support Services
Section: Pharmacy
Vacancy Type: Permanent Full-time
Closing Date: 21 June 2019
Contact Officer: Daniel Lalor (02) 5124 2121

About us

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)—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 Office of the Executive Director of Medical Services (EDMS) 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, administration staff and a Clinical Nurse Educator. The department provides a range of clinical services to inpatients and outpatients including a number of specialised services.
Under the broad direction of the Director and Deputy Directors of Pharmacy, the Lead for Aseptic and Production Services will work closely with a team of dedicated and skilled technicians and pharmacists to deliver a safe, efficacious and patient centred service.

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


  • The Society of Hospital Pharmacist of Australia (SHPA) membership.

Prior to commencement successful candidates may be required to:

  • Undergo a pre-employment Police check.
  • Comply with CHS 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. If practising clinically (providing direct clinical care to patients or supervising staff providing direct clinical care to patients) as an allied health professional in any capacity at any time in CHS facilities, the person occupying this position will be required to comply with CHS credentialing requirements for allied health professionals. Initial credentialing is completed following a pre-offer for a position, prior to any appointment being made.


It is expected that this position will have a 0.5 FTE load working within one of the pharmacy production units, with the other listed duties making up the remaining 0.5 FTE.


The responsibility of this position is to provide leadership, management, and coordination of the pharmacy production services within Canberra Health Services (CHS), including the aseptic production unit, the chemotherapy production unit, extemporaneous compounding, and prepack preparation. This position will also include advanced operational, education, research and quality improvement roles, and provide a range of pharmacy services on weekends and after hours on a rotational basis as rostered.
Under broad direction, and in conjunction with the Director and Deputy Directors of Pharmacy services, lead and coordinate the provision of all pharmacy production services within CHS:

  • Ensure the provision of a comprehensive service for the compounding &/or manufacture of pharmaceutical products for patients and clients following best practice frameworks of hospital policy, good manufacturing principles, relevant professional standards (such as SHPA, COSA and ISOPP), and state and federal regulations.
  • Ensure the production units operate efficiently by exercising judgment with respect to needs and demands, managing staffing resources effectively, acquiring specialist equipment and resources and monitoring the utilisation of these.
  • Proactively develop own knowledge and expertise to serve the functions of the role and the environment keeping abreast of emerging trends in production pharmacy services, whilst maintaining pharmacy skills in areas other than production services.
  • Provide professional supervision, clinical and technical validation, ongoing professional development and personal performance review to all levels of pharmacists, students, and technical and other support staff working within the pharmacy production services.
  • Represent the pharmacy department through professional leadership and advocacy, and liaise with internal and external agencies as required, including national pharmacy networks relevant to production services.
  • Provide education, training and mentorship to new staff and all other relevant groups including (but not limited to) pharmacy staff, medical staff, nursing staff, supervision of students.
  • Develop and contribute to practice based research, medication safety initiatives, accreditation activities, policy and procedure review, strategic planning and service review, quality improvement projects, quality assurance objectives and appropriate OHS measures relevant to pharmacy production services in coordination with the Quality Use of Medicines, Research and Education and management teams.
  • Undertaking 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:

  1. Proven high level of competence, expertise, skills and ability to apply clinical judgment in pharmacy production services, including (but not limited to); cytotoxic production, aseptic products (including IV additives, ophthalmic preparations, parenteral nutrition), non-aseptic extemporaneous compounding, and prepacking of pharmaceutical products
  2. Demonstrated high level interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to consult, negotiate and liaise effectively with patients and with colleagues in the multidisciplinary setting whilst building and maintaining effective working relationships
  3. Commitment to and demonstrated expertise in education and training, and the ability to impart knowledge and skills to pharmacy staff, students, hospital clinicians, and other stakeholders.
  4. Demonstrated experience in the development, evaluation and maintenance of departmental improvement programs, policy and procedures, medication safety initiatives, research initiatives and accreditation activities associated with pharmacy production services
  5. Demonstrate a 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: 104,630.00 – 112,626.00

Contact Name: Daniel Lalor

Contact Email:

Closing Date: 21/Jun/2019, 11:59:00 PM

How to Apply

Via this website
Further Information:
Contact: Daniel Lalor 02 5124 2121