Lead Pharmacist – Dispensary Services – Professional 3

Department of Health NT
November 2, 2022
Darwin, Palmerston, Australia
Job Type
State or territory


Full Time Position – 12 Months parental leave backfill commencing late February

Applications close 29th November 2022


We are currently seeking a Lead Pharmacist for Dispensary Services who is enthusiastic and motivated to manage and oversee our dispensary team. The health setting in the Northern Territory offers unique and diverse opportunities as well as clinical presentations like no other in Australia.

If you have a passion for supporting and mentoring staff, are interested in pursuing a career in the Northern Territory and keen to live and enjoy a tropical lifestyle, this is an exciting opportunity for you.

Pharmacy Team

The pharmacy team is a multi-disciplinary team providing medicines management services as an integral part of the broader NT Health Care Team. Striving to optimise the quality use of medicines through innovative patient care to improve the health of Territorians.

The pharmacy department is modern and progressive spanning across two campuses, with a team of 40 pharmacists, 27 pharmacy technicians, and 4 intern pharmacists. We have a strong focus on workforce culture and commitment to professional development.

Services provided by the pharmacy department include,

  • Ward based clinical and drug information services
  • In-patient and out-patient dispensing
  • Manufacturing (non-sterile and sterile)
  • Regional pharmacy - providing clinical pharmacy services to remote health centres, their patients and staff living in the outback.

RDH Pharmacy operates a full service from 8am – 4:51pm Monday to Friday, and a limited service from 8am - 4pm on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.

PRH Pharmacy operates a full service from 8am – 4:21 Monday to Friday and dispensary service from 9am to 1pm Saturdays.

Hours of work are 8am – 4:21pm, including the requirement to participate in the weekend and on-call rosters.

Royal Darwin and Palmerston Regional Hospitals

Royal Darwin Hospital (RDH) is a fully accredited tertiary teaching hospital and the largest hospital in the Northern Territory with over 400 beds. In addition to standard medical, surgical and paediatric services, specialty areas include;

  • Aboriginal health
  • Renal medicine
  • Critical care units (both adult and neonatal)
  • Tropical diseases
  • Mental health services
  • Hyperbaric medicine

The Palmerston Regional Hospital (PRH) is a new Level 3 Hospital. Phase 1 is a 116 bed facility with future capacity to expand. Current services delivered at PRH include;

  • Emergency Care
  • Rehabilitation
  • Geriatric
  • Medical Ward
  • Day Surgery
  • Maternity – out patient
  • Outpatient

RDH and PRH are part of an integrated network of health care facilities, where all services are delivered by the Northern Territory Department of Health, through the Top End Health Service (TEHS).

Department of Health has a Smoke Free Policy. Staff are not permitted to smoke anywhere on Departmental premises, facilities or vehicle nor whilst working off-site.


  • Six weeks paid annual leave with 17% loading
  • Three weeks personal leave per annum
  • Superannuation contributions of 9.5% are paid by the NT government
  • Salary sacrifice of up to $9010.00 into personal loans, residential rent and other specific items.
  • Novated vehicle leasing options
  • Salary sacrifice into superannuation

Short-term on-site accommodation may be available for a nominal rent, subject to availability.

Relocation assistance of up to $3000 is available for costs incurred moving to Darwin.

The Territory

The Northern Territory is a great place to live and work. The Territory is one of Australia’s most culturally diverse places. There are over 100 nationalities and around 140 social, cultural and religious organisations.

The climate is tropical and supports a relaxed, outdoor lifestyle. Spectacular natural attractions such as Litchfield and Kakadu National Parks and the Kimberley region which attract thousands of international tourists each year are within easy reach.

Darwin and Palmerston embrace the tropical lifestyle, providing a full calendar of community activities and events for families and individuals of all ages. For more information on living and working in the NT visit www.theterritory.com.au

How to Apply

Via the NTG Jobs Website: Jobs - Lead Pharmacist – Dispensary Services (nt.gov.au)

For further information contact Jo Wallace, Director of Pharmacy RDPH Joanna.wallace@nt.gov.au Ph: 08 8922 8359

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