Job Vacancy:

HP3 Antimicrobial Stewardship Pharmacist

Position: Full time, Permanent
Job Code: 01AQM
Employer: ACT Health
Salary: $87,257 - $91,942 (up to $96,502 on achieving a personal upgrade)
Closing application date: 22/02/2018

Job Description

Position Number: 22923 Branch: Medicine Section: Infectious Diseases

Overview of the work area and position: The Canberra Hospital and Health Services (CHHS) Pharmacy Department have a dynamic, talented team of over 45 Pharmacists. The department provides a range of clinical services to inpatients and outpatients including a number of specialised services. The Antimicrobial Stewardship Pharmacist will work within the Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS) Team, to promote quality use of antimicrobials that is safe and cost-effective within Canberra Hospital and Health Services (CHHS). The position holder will participate in the CHHS antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) program, providing both clinical and administrative input under the supervision of the Senior Antimicrobial Pharmacist. The position holder will also integrate into the CHHS Pharmacy team and will provide a range of pharmacy services on weekends, after hours and as rostered. 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”

Eligibility/Other Requirements


  • Appropriate Pharmacist qualifications and eligibility for registration as a pharmacist with the Pharmacy Board of Australia
  • A minimum of three years’ experience as a registered Pharmacist, preferably in the hospital setting
  • Provide a range of pharmacy services on weekends and after hours as rostered


  • Project management or research experience, Post-graduate qualifications in a related field/position highly desirable

Prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:

  • Undergo a pre-employment Police check
  • Comply with ACT Health credentialing requirements for allied health professionals
  • Comply with ACT Health Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination policy


  • Under professional supervision, and in conjunction with the CHHS Antimicrobial Stewardship Team, and the Departments of Pharmacy, Infectious Diseases and Microbiology Participate in and contribute to the regular multidisciplinary AMS/ID ward rounds
  • Proactively develop own knowledge and expertise to serve the functions of the role and the environment keeping abreast of emerging trends in antimicrobial use.
  • Provide clinical advice on antimicrobial management and associated Therapeutic Drug Monitorin
  • Encourage and facilitate hospital wide engagement in the AMS program
  • Assist with the formulation and implementation of local Antimicrobial Guidelines
  • Work with the AMS team and other stakeholders to enforce antimicrobial restrictions in CHHS
  • Participate in activities to assist CHHS to meet relevant National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards and Clinical Care Standards
  • Provide secretariat support to the CHHS Antimicrobial Stewardship Working Group and other working parties as required
  • Contribute to AMS education and training within CHHS, including participation in the design, delivery and evaluation of educational initiatives
  • Use principles of continuous quality improvement to improve antimicrobial use across CHHS
  • Assist with collection, analysis and reporting of data relating to antimicrobial use
  • Develop and contribute to practice based research, medication safety initiatives and quality improvement projects as required
  • Participate in ongoing professional development and personal performance review

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).

  • Demonstrated competence, expertise and skill in the management of antimicrobial therapy in a range of clinical areas, such as providing advice on therapy choice, dose optimisation, Therapeutic Drug Monitoring, and other issues relating to pharmacotherapy
  • Demonstrated understanding of AMS principles and strategies in the hospital setting
  • High level interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to independently and actively consult, negotiate and liaise effectively with both internal and external stakeholders
  • Demonstrated understanding of and participation in education and training, quality improvement and change management activities including a demonstrated ability to collect, analyse and report data
  • Demonstrates a commitment to Work, Health and Safety (WH&S) and the positive patient experience and displays behaviour consistent with ACT Health’s values of Care, Excellence, Collaboration and Integrity


For further information about the position and a copy of the Performance Expectations and Jobs Demands Checklist, please contact the Contact Officer above.

Additional information:

About us: ACT Health is a values-led Directorate. Our values guide our day-to-day actions, behaviours, decisions and communications to successfully deliver the best services to meet the needs of our community. They were developed by us, for us and are unique to our work. At ACT Health we are committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and an inclusive workplace. As part of this commitment we strongly encourage people from an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander background, or People with Disability, to apply for all positions.

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


How to Apply

Via this website
Further Information:
Contact: Daniel Lalor, (02) 6244 2121