Oncology & Haematology Pharmacist

ACT Health
July 23, 2022
PO Box 11,Woden ACT 2605, Canberra, Australia
Job Type
State or territory



Directorate Canberra Health Services Branch Medical Services Section Pharmacy Services Position Number 30967 Position Title Oncology & Haematology Pharmacist Classification Pharmacist Level 2/3 Vacancy Type Permanent Full-time Location The Canberra Hospital, Garran ACT Base Annual Salary $83,837 - $115,073 (up to $118,081 on achieving personal upgrade) Contact Officer Hameda Lane (02) 5124 2203 hameda.lane@act.gov.au Closing Date 22 August 2022


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 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: https://www.health.act.gov.au/

The Pharmacy sits within the Division 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 Canberra Region Cancer Centre is a world-class health care facility that brings together cancer treatment and related services that are provided by Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Haematology and Immunology. It provides multidisciplinary care and support services to Canberra and Southern NSW communities, including a Cancer Wellbeing Centre, known as Your Space, for wellbeing education and support for patients, families and carers.

The Canberra Hospital has two newly refurbished cancer wards that provides 28 beds for Oncology patients, and four additional day beds that provide additional capacity for Phase 1 trials as part of the Cancer Clinical Trials Program.

The Oncology & Haematology Pharmacist will work within the Canberra Region Cancer Centre to promote quality use of medicines that is safe and cost-effective within Canberra Health Services (CHS). The position holder will provide clinical input under the supervision of the Lead Pharmacist and provide a range of pharmacy services on a rostered basis.

The department is progressive and forward thinking, optimising the use of technology, and looking to progress extended scope roles for pharmacists and technicians across key areas of the organisation. The department already runs a successful SHPA accredited residency program and has an excellent intern training program. The successful candidate will be joining the organisation at an exciting time where the department is looking to introduce advanced training residencies and implementing a partnered pharmacist charting model at Canberra Health Services.

The role will be supported with structured training and access to financial resources for professional development support as well as access to study leave under the ACT Public Sector Health Professionals Enterprise Agreement entitlements which can be located from this site:

Enterprise Agreements | Health (act.gov.au)


Under limited direction of the Lead Pharmacist and the Deputy Director of Pharmacy (Clinical) you will work within a highly engaged multidisciplinary team to deliver safe, efficacious, and patient centred service. The responsibility of this position is to work with the CHS Cancer Care Team and the Departments of Pharmacy to provide both clinical expertise and leadership in pharmacy services to this area.

You will:

  1. Provide advanced level clinical and operational pharmacy services to the Cancer Centre, including participation in regular multidisciplinary ward rounds, providing clinical advice on the management of cancer medicines and maintaining competency in aseptic production and chemotherapy dispensing.
  2. Provide support and proactively contribute to cancer care related working groups, parties and committees as required.
  3. Participate in activities to assist CHS to meet relevant National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards and Clinical Care Standards. This includes developing and contributing to practice-based research, medication safety initiatives, accreditation activities, publications, policy and procedure review, strategic planning and service review and quality improvement projects as required.
  4. Use principles of continuous quality improvement to improve medicine use across CHS, assisting with collection, analysis and reporting of data relating to the use of medicines in the specialty area.
  5. Contribute to education and training within CHS, participating in the design, delivery, and evaluation of educational initiatives. This includes providing supervision to junior and resident pharmacists, intern pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and students. You will also contribute to education programs within the multidisciplinary team that supports safe and evidence-based use of medicines.
  6. 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, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/gender diverse, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) are particularly encouraged to apply.

Behavioural Capabilities

  1. Passion for learning and contributing to great healthcare, so as to achieve the best patient care outcomes possible, with the patient's goals and objectives in mind
  2. Strong organisational skills with a high degree of personal drive and integrity
  3. Developed or emerging leadership skills and motivation with the ability to participate in the department's quality improvement projects, educational programs and research activities

Position Requirements/Qualifications

Be registered or eligible for registration as a Pharmacist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Experience of working professionally as a registered pharmacist in an Australian hospital environment is essential (or in a country where reciprocal arrangements apply with the Australian Pharmaceutical Council Competency Stream Skills Assessment method).

The successful applicant will be appointed to the relevant level 2 or 3 pharmacist position increment based on their qualifications and experience in line with the following criteria:

  • For a level 2 pharmacist position increment – minimum of 2 years’ full time equivalent experience as a registered pharmacist in a hospital setting (as previously defined) and able to demonstrate competency against the National Standards for Advanced Pharmacy Practice at the Transition Level.
  • For a level 3 pharmacist position increment – minimum of 4 years’ full time equivalent experience as a registered pharmacist in a hospital setting (as previously defined) and able to demonstrate competency against the National Standards for Advanced Pharmacy Practice at the Consolidation Level in this specialty area of practice, which may include a post graduate qualification at diploma level or above.
  • The successful applicant will need to be available for shift work, including on call and occasional weekends, working across hospital sites as necessary.
  • Have an understanding of how the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) indicators align with this role.
  • Fulfil the responsibilities of this role in alignment to the CHS Exceptional Care Framework, Clinical Governance Framework, Partnering With Consumers Framework and all other related frameworks.

Please note prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:

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


These are the key selection criteria for how you will be assessed in conjunction with your resumé and experience:

  1. Proven knowledge and understanding of cancer care medicine principles and strategies in the hospital setting to competently provide expertise and skill in the management of cancer patients in a range of areas, such as providing advice on therapy choice, dose optimisation, Therapeutic Drug Monitoring, and other issues relating to pharmacotherapy.
  2. High level interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to consult, negotiate and liaise effectively with both internal and external stakeholders independently and actively.
  3. Leadership and management that demonstrates competence at the level defined within the Advanced Pharmacy Practice Framework.
  4. Demonstrated ability to provide professional supervision to junior pharmacists, graduates, students and support staff, a commitment to continuing professional development and contribute to education and training activities.
  5. Demonstrated experience of significant contribution to the development, implementation or maintenance of improvement programs, policies and procedures, the collection, analysis and reporting of relevant data, and contributing to policies, procedures, and medication safety initiatives. This may include participation in research initiatives and accreditation activities.
  6. Demonstrates understanding of, and adherence to, safety and quality standards, work, health and safety (WH&S) and the positive patient experience. Displays behaviour consistent with CHS’s values of reliable, progressive, respectful and kind.

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