Lead Pharmacist, Aseptic and Production

Canberra Health Services
September 13, 2022
Canberra, Australia
Job Type
State or territory


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) and surrounding region. More information can be found on the CHS website: www.canberrahealthservices.act.gov.au

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.

CHS Pharmacy is currently involved in two major projects which will modernise and enhance the aseptic and production services provided at CHS.  These projects will deliver a new dedicated compounding pharmacy designed to meet standards required for TGA licencing and will implement a digital health record which will change the way in which work is organised and delivered.

The position holder will lead the delivery of production services within the Pharmacy and will contribute significantly to the high quality and cost-effective use of medicines across Canberra Health Services.


Under limited direction of the Deputy Director of Pharmacy (Operations) you will lead a team of technicians and pharmacists to deliver a safe, efficacious, high-quality and patient centred production service. You will:

  1. Lead the pharmacy production services team and ensure continuous quality improvement.
  2. Ensure the production services are compliant with relevant legislation, national standards, relevant professional standards, hospital policies.
  3. Manage the production services team and facility including staffing, infrastructure, and workflow to ensure the service operates efficiently.
  4. Develop and deliver staff training and validation in production services. In addition, contribute to the orientation and training of pharmacy staff, students, and other hospital staff in other areas as required.
  5. Develop and maintain production services standard operating procedures, batch sheets and staff validation and credentialling processes in accordance with best practice standards.
  6. Develop and foster constructive working relationships with clients of the production services and external stakeholders.
  7. Develop and contribute to practice-based research, quality improvement initiatives, medication safety governance and compliance with Work, Health, and Safety (WHS) legislation within pharmacy production services. This includes medication safety initiatives, accreditation activities, policy and procedure development and review, quality improvement projects, and quality assurance activities.
  8. Undertake other duties appropriate to this level of classification which contribute to the operation of the organisation.


CHS is committed to workforce diversity and to creating an inclusive workplace. As part of this commitment, we welcome applications from all diversity groups. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people with disability and people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, or Questioning (LGBTIQ) are particularly encouraged to apply.

Behavioural Capabilities

  1. Strong organisational skills with a high degree of personal drive
  2. Strong leadership skills and high degree of self-motivation
  3. High level customer service skills
  4. Ability to maintain high work standards and accuracy
  5. Excellent communication skills

Position Requirements/Qualifications:


  • Full pharmacist registration with the Australian Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) with no restrictions on scope of practice.
  • Minimum of five years hospital pharmacy, sterile compounding or relevant pharmaceutical manufacturing experience.
  • Postgraduate qualifications in clinical pharmacy, management, or relevant research degrees.
  • The successful applicant will be required to work weekends, public holidays and after-hours as rostered.
  • CHS is leading the drive to digitally transform health service delivery in Australia through the implementation of a territory wideDigital Health Record. Computer literacy skills are required which are relevant to this role as you will be responsible for completing required documentation and becoming a proficient user of the Digital Health Record and/or other Information Technology systems; once proficient, you will need to remain current with changes, updates and contingencies.


Prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:

  • Undergo a pre-employment National Police Check.
  • Obtain a Compliance Certificate from OMU (Occupational Medicine Unit) relating to assessment, screening, and vaccination processes against specified infectious diseases.
    Comply with CHS credentialing and scope of clinical practice requirements for allied health professionals.


These are the key Selection Criteria for how you will be assessed in conjunction with your curriculum vitae and experience:

  1. Proven advanced level practice in production services including cytotoxic, aseptic (including compounding of IV additives, ophthalmic and parenteral nutrition products) and non-aseptic extemporaneous compounding.
    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.
  2. Demonstrated expertise in developing and delivering training, skills validation and credentialling in production services.
  3. Demonstrated experience in the development, evaluation and maintenance of departmental improvement programs, quality assurance, policy and procedures, medication safety initiatives, research initiatives and accreditation activities associated with pharmacy production services.
  4. Demonstrates understanding of, and adherence to, safety and quality standards, Work, Health and Safety (WHS) and the positive patient experience. Displays behaviour consistent with CHS’s values of Reliable, Progressive, Respectful, and Kind.


Applications must be submitted through the e-recruitment system. Applications must include a copy of a current curriculum vitae, and

  • A response to the selection criteria under “What You Require”.

Where possible include specific relevant examples of your work.

CHS Contact: Daniel Lalor (02) 5124 2120 daniel.lalor@act.gov.au

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