Job Vacancy:

Health Professional Level 4 – Oncology Pharmacist

Position: Permanent Full-time
Job Code: 01J01
Employer: Canberra Health Services
Salary: $100,462 - $108,140* * Salary $106,670-$114,836 (inclusive of base salary $100,462-$108,140 and Attraction and Retention Incentive ($6,208-$6,696)).
Closing application date: 25/04/2019

Job Description

Health Professional Level 4 – Oncology Pharmacist ( 01J01)


Job Title: Oncology Pharmacist
Classification: Health Professional Level 4
Position Number: 24088
Annual Salary: $100,462 – $108,140*
* Salary $106,670-$114,836 (inclusive of base salary $100,462-$108,140 and Attraction and Retention Incentive ($6,208-$6,696)).
Branch: Clinical Support Service
Section: Pharmacy – Canberra Hospital
Vacancy Type: Permanent Full-time
Closing Date: 25 April 2019
Contact Officer: Sheridan Briggs (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.

The Pharmacy Department sits in the Division of Clinical Support Services. Clinical Support Services provide a range of services that support the clinical divisions within Canberra Hospital and Health Services (CHHS). The following areas are included within this Division:
• Pharmacy
• Biomedical Engineering
• Medical Physics and Radiation Engineering
• Nursing Operational Support
• Clinical Records

Overview of the work area and position

The Canberra Health Services Pharmacy Department have a dynamic, talented team of approximately 90 staff, including: pharmacists, technicians and administration staff. The pharmacy department provides a range of operational and clinical services to inpatients and outpatients in a number of specialised services.

Working within the Oncology team, the Oncology Pharmacy – Senior Clinical and Manufacturing Pharmacist will lead, co-ordinate and manage a team of pharmacists and technicians to deliver safe and efficient oncology services across the Canberra Health 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”
Work Level Standards Principles

This position works closely with the CHARM Pharmacist, Deputy Director of Operations (Oncology and Haematology), Senior HP3 Pharmacists, rotational pharmacists, technicians, nursing and medical staff. Responsibilities include a range of pharmacy services on weekends, public holidays, after hours and on-call as rostered.

Eligibility/Other Requirements

• Be registered (or eligible to be registered) as a pharmacist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
• Postgraduate qualifications in either of the following: Clinical Pharmacy, Compounding pharmacy, Oncology/Haematology, Management, Education or working towards with extensive clinical oncology/haematology pharmacist experience deemed equivalent.

• Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia (SHPA) membership
• Membership linked to area of speciality (e.g. Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA), ISOP, HOPA etc.)
• Publication in peer review journals
• Project management and/or research experience
• Seven years’ experience working in hospital pharmacy
• Ability to act as a CHARM™ oncology information management system super user

Prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:
• Undergo a pre-employment Police check
• Be registered under the Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Act 2011
• Work across multiply CHHS locations
• Comply with CHS credentialing requirements for allied health professionals
• Comply with CHS Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination policy


The Oncology Pharmacy – Senior Clinical and Manufacturing Pharmacist will have a range of responsibilities to co-ordinate the day-day operations of the oncology pharmacy department including:

1. Lead and coordinate the provision of the clinical pharmacy service to the oncology and haematology areas, promoting safe, efficacious, and economical use of medicines.

2. Provide advanced level clinical pharmacy services to the oncology and haematology areas whilst maintaining clinical pharmacy skills in other generalist areas, including maintaining competency in aseptic compounding and chemotherapy dispensing skill.

3. Under broad direction, and in conjunction with the Deputy Director of Pharmacy (Operations), manage and co-ordinate clinical and operational areas of the Oncology pharmacy department by exercising professional judgement with respect the needs and demands, making recommendations for staff resources effectively, acquiring specialist equipment and co-ordinating the monitoring of the use of oncology equipment.

4. Ensure the provision of a comprehensive oncology pharmacy compounding service for patients follows best practice standards (including ISOPP, COSA and SHPA), Good Manufacturing Principles, state and federal legislation and hospital policies.

5. In conjunction with the pharmacy management team and other senior pharmacists, provide education, training and mentorship to pharmacy team members rotating in oncology operations areas, as well as medical and nursing teams; co-ordinate the validation/credentialing of pharmacy technicians and pharmacists according to competency and professional practice standards; and proactively develop own knowledge and expertise to serve the functions of the role and the environment keeping abreast of emerging trends in pharmacy services.

6. Develop and contribute to practice based research, QUM initiatives, and accreditation activities within the oncology team; develop and contribute to departmental policy, strategic direction and service reviews as required.

7. Undertaking duties as directed, within the approved scope of clinical practice ensuring 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 oncology and haematology settings; including clinical haematology, medical oncology, radiation oncology, immunology, and palliative care, aseptic and cytotoxic production.

2. Demonstrated high level interpersonal and communication skills that are reflected in your ability to consult, negotiate and liaise effectively with colleagues in the multidisciplinary setting and with patients; displaying a commitment to building and maintaining effective working relationships.

3. Commitment to and demonstrated expertise in education, mentoring and training, and the ability to impart knowledge to pharmacy staff, students, hospital clinicians, and other stakeholders; in conjunction with significant experience in supervising early career pharmacists and technicians in a hospital setting.

4. Demonstrated experience in the development, evaluation and maintenance of departmental improvement programs, policy and procedures, medication safety initiatives, performance monitoring, research initiatives and accreditation activities.

5. Demonstrate a commitment to work, health and safety (WH&S) and the positive patient experience and displays behaviour consistent with CHS’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: 100,462.00 – 108,140.00

Closing Date: 25/Apr/2019

How to Apply

Via this website
Further Information:
Contact: 02 5124 2121