Job Vacancy:

Lead Pharmacist Cancer Services

Position: Temporary, Full time (12 months)
Job Code: 01OTV
Employer: Canberra Health Services (CHS)
Salary: $113,851 - $122,566
Closing application date: 31/03/2020

Job Description

Pharmacist Level 4 – Lead Pharmacist Cancer Services (Job Number: 01OTV)


Job Title: Lead Pharmacist Cancer Services
Classification: Pharmacist Level 4
Position Number: 24088
Annual Salary: $113,851 – $122,566
Branch: Chief Executive Officer
Section: Medical Services
Vacancy Type: Temporary, Full time
Duration: 12 months
Closing Date: 31 March 2020
Contact Officer: Hameda Lane 02 5124 4203

Canberra Health Services

Our Vision: creating exceptional health care together
Our Role: to be a health service that is trusted by our community
Our Values: Reliable, Progressive, Respectful and Kind

Canberra Health Services (CHS) is focused 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.
  • Four 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, Alcohol and Drug Services.

Overview of the work area and position
The Pharmacy sits within the Office of the Executive Director of Medical Services (EDMS) which 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 and administration staff. The department provides a range of clinical services to inpatients and outpatients including a number of specialised services.
The department provides a range of clinical services to inpatients and outpatients including a number of specialised services.
Under the broad direction of the Deputy Director of Pharmacy (Clinical), the Lead Pharmacist for Cancer Services will work closely with a team of dedicated and skilled technicians and pharmacists to deliver a safe, efficacious and patient centred service. The responsibility of this position is to provide leadership, management, and coordination of the clinical pharmacy services to the Cancer Services provided through Canberra Health Services including the Canberra Region Cancer Centre and The Canberra Hospital. This position will also include advanced clinical, education, research and quality improvement roles. This will be done in alignment with the SHPA Standard of Practice in Oncology and Haematology for Pharmacy Services.
The position holder will also integrate into the CHS Pharmacy team and will provide a range of pharmacy services on weekends, after hours and public holidays as rostered, including on call.

Qualifications/Eligibility Requirements:


  • Be registered (or be eligible for registration) as a Pharmacist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
  • Postgraduate qualifications in Clinical Pharmacy, Management, Education or Research, or experience deemed equivalent (preferably supported by the development of an Advance Pharmacist Practice Portfolio).
  • Significant experience of working within the area of haematology/oncology.

Highly Desirable:

  • The Society of Hospital Pharmacist of Australia (SHPA) membership.
  • Membership of a professional organisation linked to the area of specialty (e.g. Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA), ISOP, HOPA etc)
  • Research experience and/or publication in peer reviewed journals.
  • Project management and management experience.
  • Current Driver’s licence.

Prior to commencement successful candidates may be required to:

  • Undergo a pre-employment National Police check.
  • Comply with CHS credentialing requirements for allied health.
  • Comply with CHS Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination policy, (OMU).
  • Be registered under the Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Act 2011.

Note: This is a temporary position available for a period of 12 months. This position could involve working across multiple CHS sites.


  • Lead and coordinate the provision of the clinical pharmacy service to Cancer Services, promoting safe, efficacious, and economical use of medicines, and ensuring relevant drug budgets are monitored and managed.
  • Provide advanced level clinical pharmacy services to the Cancer Services whilst maintaining clinical pharmacy skills in other generalist areas, including maintaining competency in aseptic production and chemotherapy dispensing.
  • Provide professional supervision, ongoing professional development and personal performance review to staff working in Cancer and Ambulatory Support and provide education, training and mentorship to new and current pharmacy staff and all other relevant groups including (but not limited to) medical staff, nursing staff, supervision of students, and extended scope practitioners. This includes directly line managing a team of pharmacists.
  • Represent the pharmacy department, providing professional leadership and advocacy in various forums, as well as contributing expertise in medicines management to multi-disciplinary groups delivering care or working to improve the quality, safety and efficacy of care delivery.
  • Develop and contribute to practice based research, medication safety initiatives, accreditation activities, policy and procedure review, strategic planning and service review, and quality improvement projects relevant to medical specialties in coordination with the quality use of medicines and management team.
  • Proactively develop own knowledge and expertise to serve the functions of the role and the environment, keeping abreast of emerging trends in pharmacy services relevant to the division of Cancer and Ambulatory Support.
  • Contribute to governance processes within Cancer Services, including contributing to the clinical governance of the electronic systems used to support safe provision of cancer care (e.g. CHARM).
  • Undertaking other 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:

These are the key criteria for how you will be assessed in conjunction with your curriculum vitae 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 the provision of clinical pharmacy services to cancer services that include (but are not limited to), Clinical Haematology (inclusive of Bone Marrow Transplantation), Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, and cytotoxic production.
  2. Demonstrated high level interpersonal and communication skills, the ability to consult, negotiate and liaise effectively with colleagues in the multidisciplinary setting and with patients, and a commitment to building and maintaining effective working relationships, including managerial and/or high level supervisory skills.
  3. Commitment to and demonstrated expertise in education, mentoring 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, performance monitoring, research initiatives and accreditation activities.
  5. Demonstrates a commitment to Work, Health and Safety (WHS) and the positive patient experience and displays behaviour consistent with CHS’s values of Reliable, Progressive, Respectful and Kind.

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: 113,851.00 – 122,566.00

Contact Name: Hameda Lane

Contact Email:

Closing Date: 31/Mar/2020, 11:59:00 PM

How to Apply

Via this website
Further Information:
Contact: Hameda Lane 02 5124 4203