Patient Flow Pharmacist Project Officer

Grampians Health
May 9, 2023
Ballarat, Australia
Job Type
State or territory


Patient Flow Pharmacist Project Officer (Grade 2)
Grampians Health Ballarat 
Permanent, part time 
48 hours per fortnight

**Applicants seeking full time employment are encouraged to apply and state this in their cover letter**

About Grampians Health

Grampians Health was established 1 November 2021, bringing together Edenhope and District Memorial Hospital, Stawell Regional Health, Wimmera Health Care Group and Ballarat Health Services to deliver safe, sustainable, healthcare tailored to changing workforce and community needs, for the long term.

This partnership follows years of strong collaboration and close partnerships between the four health services. Together, we will deliver better healthcare, enhance services and advance careers, closer to home, now and into the future.

A career with Grampians Health means you are connected and are part of a team providing quality healthcare to rural and regional communities. Our communities are diverse, as is our workforce, with expert clinical staff from across the world choosing to live and work in our beautiful region.

Grampians Health provides acute, maternity, mental health, allied health, aged care, administration and support services.  This means your career will be as diverse and rewarding as you strive to be.

About the role:

We are seeking applications from energetic and enthusiastic pharmacists with hospital and clinical pharmacy experience for this permanent, part time project officer/clinical pharmacist role. Please not applicants seeking full time hours are encouraged to apply. The Patient Flow Pharmacist (PFP) Project Officer role provides and exciting opportunity for pharmacists seeking to influence and shape expanded scope of practice roles for pharmacists in the Grampians Region.

The PFP project officer and clinical pharmacist role is primarily responsible for embedding a sustainable PFP workforce model for the Internal Medicine Service (IMS) at Grampians Health Ballarat. The PFP role aims to expedite patient flow throughout the organisation where medication related processes are involved, particularly at transitions of care. The PFP will work collaboratively with Patient Flow Coordinators, IMS team clinical pharmacists and medical officers. The first 12-18 months of the role will focus on establishment and embedding of PFP workflows within the IMS specialty units (currently includes cardiology, neurology, oncology and gastroenterology). After this time the project officer role will be responsible for expanding PFP workflows to the General Medicine Units. Once PFP services are embedded throughout the IMS teams, the project officer role will predominately convert to a clinical pharmacist role working within IMS with some ongoing PFP program oversight duties.

The project officer role will work closely with the Clinical Pharmacy Team Leaders for General Medicine and Medical Specialties and the Deputy Director of Pharmacy - Clinical Services.

Professional development is supported through regular in-service education including journal club meetings and support for seminar/conference attendance is available. In addition, professional support is provided through team-based structures as well as mentoring programs.

Renumeration will be award-based according to experience. Salary packaging and allowances for higher qualifications may provide additional salary benefits.

Core duties include

  • Ability to coordinate, actively contribute to and assess the impact of quality improvement activities, and positively influence change within a dynamic acute care health service
  • Multidisciplinary teamwork
  • Education and assessment
  • Provision of consultative clinical pharmacy services

Skills and experience

  • Currently hold general pharmacist registration with AHPRA
  • Acute inpatient clinical pharmacy experience
  • Understanding of barriers and enablers to patient flow in acute healthcare
  • Ability to innovate and shape workforce models to improve patient care and responsible use of health service resources
  • Ability to effectively engage stakeholders to achieve desired outcomes
  • Ability to effectively plan, organise, prioritise and manage time with ability to deliver outcomes to agreed timelines

Grampians Health Culture and Benefits

At Grampians Health, we recognise our staff are our greatest asset. We are committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for our staff, patients, residents, visitors, volunteers and contractors at all sites.

  • Salary packaging for living expenses such as rent/mortgage plus meals, entertainment and holidays
  • Discounted on-site parking
  • Access to discounted health club membership
  • Staff rewards and recognition programs

Ballarat Region

Ballarat is the largest centre in Western Victoria and the state's fastest growing inland city. Dubbed Australia's most liveable city in 2020, Ballarat is home to first class education, fine dining and boutique shopping. Uniquely located within easy access to Melbourne, Geelong and Bendigo and the Western District, Ballarat is blessed with some of Australia's most significant heritage buildings and natural landscapes. It is home to some of the finest primary and secondary schools in Australia, as well as high-quality tertiary education institutions. It has small country town charm and space, with all the conveniences of city living.

How to apply

Click APPLY or contact Renee Dimond, Deputy Director of Pharmacy - Clinical Services on 03 5320 4356 for a confidential discussion.

All appointments are subject to a satisfactory police records check, immunisation clearance and Working with Children check and/or NDIS Worker Screening Check.

All employees must be willing and able to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when required, which at a minimum is a surgical mask.  Additional PPE requirements are role-dependent.

Grampians Health is a child safe organisation, committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people.

Grampians Health is committed to providing a diverse and inclusive workforce. We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, mature age workers and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (or questioning), intersex and asexual LGBTQIA+.

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