Job Vacancy:

HP4 Antimicrobial Pharmacist

Position: Permanent Full-time
Job Code: Job Number: 01G31
Employer: Canberra Health Services
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: 13/12/2018

Job Description

Health Professional Level 4- Antimicrobial Pharmacist
Branch: Clinical and Diagnostic Services
Section: Pharmacy
Vacancy Type: Permanent Full-time
Position Number: 21582
Closing Date: 13 December 2018
Contact Officer: Daniel Lalor (02) 5124 2121

About us

Canberra Health Services (CHS) 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.

Canberra Hospital and Health Services (CHHS) provides acute, sub-acute, primary and community-based health services to the ACT and surrounding region.

The key strategic priority for acute services is to deliver timely access to effective and safe hospital care services. The hospital delivers a full range of medical, surgical and obstetric services, including complex procedures in areas such as cardiac surgery, neurosurgery and neonatal intensive care.

Strong links exist between hospital and community-based services, as many of the operational divisions deliver services across the continuum of care to ensure continuity of care for patients. The community based services of CHS include Early Childhood, Youth and Women’s Health; Dental Services, Rehabilitation and Community Care; Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Services. In addition, Justice Health Services are provided within the Territory’s detention facilities.

CHS is a partner in teaching with the Australian National University, the University of Canberra and the Australian Catholic University.

The pharmacy department sits in the Division of Clinical Support Services. Clinical Support Services (CSS) provide a range of services that support the clinical divisions within CHHS.

The following areas are included within this Division:
• Biomedical Engineering
• Clinical Records Service
• Medical Physics and Radiation Engineering
• Nursing Operational Support, consisting of Ward Services (Wardspersons, Hospital Assistants and Ward Clerks) and Nursing Support (NIMS Unit, NurseBank, Central Equipment Store, Tissue Viability Team and Pastoral Care)
• Pharmacy
• Revenue Data
• Revenue and finance services

Overview of the work area and position:

The Canberra Hospital and Health Services (CHHS) Pharmacy Department have a dynamic, talented team of over 100 Pharmacists, technicians and support staff.

The department provides a range of clinical services to inpatients and outpatients including a number of specialised services.

The Antimicrobial Pharmacist will lead and facilitate the optimal use of antimicrobials within the Canberra Hospital and Health Services (CHHS). The position holder will participate in the CHHS antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) program, providing both clinical and administrative input to the program. The position holder will also lead and coordinate additional activities to optimise the use of antimicrobials within CHHS.

The Pharmacy’s mission statement 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 CHS community”.

Eligibility/Other Requirements

• Appropriate Pharmacist qualifications and eligibility for registration as a pharmacist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
• Postgraduate qualifications (or working towards) in Clinical Pharmacy, Management, Education or Research or extensive specialist clinical pharmacy experience deemed equivalent.
• Suitable experience as a clinical pharmacist including Infectious Diseases/Antimicrobial Stewardship experience.

• Theoretical and practical experience in the management of complex pharmacotherapy, including experience with therapeutic drug monitoring.
• Project management or research experience.

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.
• Comply with CHS Health credentialing requirements for allied health.
• Comply with CHS credentialing requirements for allied health.
• Comply with CHS Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination policy, (OMU).


The successful applicant will be required to work across multiply CHHS locations.


1. Provide advanced level clinical pharmacy services and advice on the use of antimicrobials, including participation in regular multidisciplinary ward rounds and provision of pharmaceutical consultation to the Infectious Diseases Department.

2. Oversee and participate in the management of AMS approvals and enforcement of antimicrobial restrictions.

3. Supervise and mentor the HP3 Antimicrobial Stewardship Pharmacist, other pharmacists, students and support staff.

4. Engage internal and external stakeholders to promote quality use of antimicrobials and compliance with hospital accreditation standards, including provision of secretariat duties and/or representation on committees and working groups.

5. Co-ordinate and provide education and training to new and other relevant staff in AMS principles and antimicrobial use.

6. Contribute to the review and development of policies and procedures in relation to antimicrobial use within CHHS.

7. Develop and contribute to practice based research, formulary review, and quality improvement projects as required.

8. Provide a range of pharmacy service on weekends and after hours as rostered, or any other duties as directed within the approved scope of clinical practice.

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.

1. Demonstrated high level of competence, expertise and skills in the management of antimicrobial therapy, including therapy choice and dose optimisation based on therapeutic drug monitoring and other pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic principles.

2. Demonstrated ability to apply independent professional judgment to problems of significant scope within a complex and critical service with advanced communication and interpersonal skills including the ability to consult, negotiate and liaise effectively with patients and with colleagues in the multidisciplinary setting and a demonstrated commitment to building and maintaining effective working relationships.

3. Commitment to and demonstrated high level of competence in education, training and the ability to impart knowledge and skills to pharmacy staff, students, hospital clinicians and other stakeholders.

4. Proven ability to develop, review and implement policies and procedures and demonstrated experience in project and/or change management.

5. Demonstrates 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: 106,670.00 – 114,836.00

Contact Name: Daniel Lalor

Contact Email:

Closing Date: 13/Dec/2018, 11:59:00 PM

How to Apply

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