Job Vacancy:

Pharmacist – Grade 1

Position: Permanent Full Time, 80 hours per fortnight (including 1 ADO every 4 weeks)  Weekends and public holidays as rostered, depending on experience Employees are required to carry out lawful directions outlined above or delegated to them. The work to be performed is set out in this position description and, where relevant, any professional standards and codes of conduct and ethics issued by the relevant professional association.
Job Code: 21354
Employer: Bendigo Health
Salary: Victorian Public Health Sector (Medical Scientists, Pharmacists and Psychologists) Enterprise Agreement 2012-2016
Closing application date: 17/10/2017

Job Description

Bendigo Health is a leader in regional health care, combining outstanding services with a strong education, training and personal development culture. Our organisation vision is “Healthy communities and world class healthcare”.

We are offering an exciting opportunity for a pharmacist to join our pharmacy team on a full-time basis. This role involves the provision of pharmacy services including clinical services, operational services and dispensing to wards and units. Other duties include participation in the pharmacy department’s quality improvement and medication safety program, and participation in the education and training of students and pre-registrants. You will provide a safe and efficient pharmacy service to the hospital and contribute to the development of our pharmacy services.

This position will suit either a pharmacist with experience in hospital pharmacy or a recently qualified pharmacist who has completed their intern year in a hospital.

All staff at Bendigo Health should have, or aspire to the personal qualities, knowledge and skills as described in the Bendigo Health Staff Capabilities Statement. Refer to link at top of page.

The Pharmacist works to provide:

  • The safe, accurate and timely provision of medications and medicines information to the hospital and patients
  • Quality customer service to hospital staff and patients

Key Responsibilities and Duties; Ward Pharmacy and Supply of Medication

To dispense prescriptions to inpatients, and supply medications as required to wards and authorised departments, by a Pharmacist controlled ward imprest system, or by requisition.

When requested, or routinely, to review original medication orders for each patient, checking and clarifying orders, where necessary, with regard to doses, indications, adverse reactions, interactions, legality and cost.
To participate in the ward pharmacy services as designated and perform such duties in accordance with recognised professional standards; undertaking medication reconciliation, preparation of pharmaceutical care plans and other clinical duties as appropriate for optimal patient care.
To dispense prescriptions on discharge and when appropriate, or routinely, to counsel patients who are being discharged, and/or their relatives or carers, on the use of their medications.

When requested, or routinely, counsel patients who are self-medicating on the use of their medication.

To participate in the manufacture of aseptic (including cytotoxics) and non-aseptic pharmaceuticals as required.
Information and Advisory Service;

To offer advice and information to staff in regard to pharmaceuticals and pharmacy related issues, both verbally and by contribution to the Pharmacy Bulletin, and take part in the continuing education and formal teaching programmes of the pharmacy department.


  • To perform clerical and administrative duties associated with the issue of various categories of pharmaceuticals.
  • To assist the Director of Pharmacy in the purchase, preparation, storage and maintenance of pharmacy stocks.
  • To assist the Director of Pharmacy in the documentation of drug use and the preparation of orders.
  • To maintain, under the direction of the Director of Pharmacy, all necessary records of drugs held and dispensed, observing all statutory laws and regulations relating to such drugs.
  • To assist the Director of Pharmacy in the preparation of statistics on drug usage and costs.
  • To assist the Director of Pharmacy in other administrative functions.
  • To be actively involved in the Pharmacy Department’s Quality Improvement program.
  • To actively participate in staff meetings, providing information and initiatives, and assisting in their implementation.
  • To maintain a co-operative and close professional working relationship with other staff in the Pharmacy Department and with wards and other departments.
  • To supervise the activities of the unqualified pharmacy staff as required.





Bendigo Health, employs around 3200 people, is the largest employer in the region and boasts many great staff benefits that include:

  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Salary Packaging (meals and entertainment and accommodation)
  • Staff health and wellbeing program
  • Employee assistance program
  • Free immunisations
  • Social club
  • Smoke free environment

Selection Criteria:

  • Current registration as a Pharmacist with AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency)
  • Recent hospital pharmacy experience is highly desirable
  • A sound knowledge of pharmacotherapeutics and hospital pharmacy practice. Demonstrated capacity to assign priority to responsibilities and to meet time constraints
  • Demonstrated ability to interact and communicate with a diverse range of people at all levels
  • Flexibility to operate in an environment of change and continuous improvement
  • Ability to maintain accuracy while providing a timely and efficient service
  • Ability to give excellent customer service to both internal and external customers
  • A Bachelor of Pharmacy or equivalent degree and current registration with the Pharmacy Board of Australia
  • current and satisfactory National Police Record Check must be presented or arranged at the time of commencement (not required for current Bendigo Health staff)  
  • Compliance with pharmacy and hospital procedures relating to their responsibilities 
  • Ability to work as part of a team, as well as to work independently 
  • Capacity to assign priority to responsibilities and to meet time constraints 
  • Demonstrated ability to coach and support others 
  • Ability to demonstrate decision making skills 
  • Attention to detail and accuracy

Highly Desirable Skills & Attributes;

  • Experience in hospital pharmacy is highly desirable o Advanced computing skills including relevant word processing and spreadsheet programs
  • A personal approach which is positive, enthusiastic, friendly and helpful
  • Demonstrated experience in aseptic and non-aseptic manufacturing of products 
  • Ability to interact and communicate with a diverse range of people at all levels 
  • A willingness and ability to learn 
  • Flexibility to operate in an environment of change and continuous improvement

Departmental Responsibilities;

  • Participate in team/departmental meetings and other organisational meetings as required 
  • Participate in staff development and training as required
  • Maintain accurate records, statistics and reports as needed
  • Participate in service development as required
  • Contribute in the education and supervision of student and trainee pharmacists and work experience students 
  • Participate in quarterly rotations as required 
  • Contribute to the strategic plan for pharmacy service which address Hospital priorities, emerging pharmaceutical trends, technological change, and patient care objectives 
  • Other duties as determined by manager or supervisor.


Additional information:

Bendigo Health is a leading healthcare provider in regional Victoria, known for its high level of professionalism and its engagement with the community. With more than 3400 staff and covering an area a quarter the size of Victoria, Bendigo Health has over 650 beds which treats over 37,000 in-patients, attends to 45,000 emergency cases and delivers approximately 1200 babies each year. In addition we have a rehabilitation unit, eight bed intensive care unit and five operating theatres where almost 10,000 surgical procedures are performed annually.

The organisation provides services in emergency, maternity, women’s health, medical imaging, rehabilitation, community services, residential aged care, psychiatric care, community dental, hospice, palliative care, cardiology, cancer services and renal dialysis to the people of the Loddon Mallee region.

Our Vision;

  • Our vision is to provide world-class healthcare and to be instrumental in supporting and maintaining a healthy community.

Our Values;

  • The Bendigo Health Care Group values guide our behaviour at work. It is expected that the successful candidate would model these values and contribute to a positive working environment by using these values to form decisions.

They are;

  • Caring: We care for our community
  • Passionate: We are passionate about doing our best
  • Trustworthy: We are open, honest and respectful

The Pharmacy Department;

  • The Pharmacy Department’s core activities are central to medication supply, medication information and medication safety at Bendigo Health. The Pharmacy service supports effective medication management by both hospital staff (doctors, nurses, allied health) and hospital inpatients, outpatients as well as to specific groups of community patients.

Generic Responsibilities and Requirements;

Code of Conduct

  • The Victorian Government’s Code of Conduct is binding on all Bendigo Health Care Group staff. Contravention of a provision in the code may constitute misconduct and/ or regarded as a breach of the employee’s employment agreement and will be dealt with under the organisations Counselling and Disciplinary Action Policy.

Compliance with Policies and Procedures

  • All Bendigo Health Care Group’s policies and procedures are set out in its clinical and managerial policy manuals located on the intranet under PROMPT and in hard copy. All staff must ensure they comply with policies, procedures and standard ways of work practices when carrying out their work. Any breach in compliance may result in disciplinary action.

Occupational Health and Safety

  • Every staff member has the responsibility to take reasonable care of their own health and safety and the safety of others, to cooperate with the group’s OH&S policies and to participate in appropriate safety education and evaluation activities. All staff are expected to participate in reporting any health, safety and wellbeing issues. Any breach in compliance may result in disciplinary action.

Infection Control

  • Every staff member has the responsibility to minimise incidents of infection/ cross infection of residents, staff, visitors and the general public. All staff must adhere to the policies and procedures as set out in the Group’s infection control manuals. Any breach in compliance may result in disciplinary action.


  • All information concerning Bendigo Health, its patients, clients, residents and staff should remain strictly confidential. Any unauthorised disclosure of such information may result in disciplinary action.

Quality Improvement

  • Bendigo Health is dedicated to improving the quality and safety of health services by providing care within the following domains of quality: Consumer Participation, Clinical Effectiveness, Effective Workforce and Risk Management. As a result, we apply the concept of the quality cycle for all our quality activities, initiatives and projects thereby ensuring the best possible care and treatment results are achieved. The underlying principle of the cycle is that an activity is not complete until evaluation shows that it has been effective and reached the desired outcome. As a Bendigo Health employee you have a responsibility to participate in and commit to ongoing quality improvement activities using the framework of the NSQHSS (National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards).



How to Apply

Via this website
Further Information:
Contact: Paul O'Brien, (03) 5454 9004