Job Vacancy:

Pharmacist Level 4 – Antimicrobial Pharmacist

Position: Permanent Full-Time
Job Code: 01NL1
Employer: Canberra Health Services
Salary: $113,851 - $122,566
Closing application date: 16/01/2020

Job Description

Pharmacist Level 4 – Antimicrobial Pharmacist (Job Number: 01NLI)


Job Title: Antimicrobial Pharmacist
Classification: Pharmacist Level 4
Position Number: 21582
Annual Salary: $113,851 – $122,566
Branch: Pharmacy – TCH
Section: Pharmacy
Vacancy Type: Permanent Full-Time
Closing Date: 16 January 2020
Contact Officer: Daniel Lalor (02) 5124 2121

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 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)—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.
  • Seven 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 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 pharmacy team charter is “Our competent and professional team will provide a contemporary and forward thinking pharmacy service that gives the best patient focused care possible and is valued by the ACT health community”
Under the direction of the Director of Pharmacy, the Antimicrobial Pharmacist is responsible for leading and facilitating the use of antimicrobials within the Canberra Hospital and Health Services (CHHS). The Antimicrobial Pharmacist is required to participate in the CHS antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) program, providing both clinical and administrative input to the program. Additionally, the role will also lead and coordinate additional activities to optimise the use of antimicrobials within CHS.

Eligibility/Other Requirements:


  • Be registered (or be eligible for registration) as a Pharmacist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
  • Postgraduate qualifications (or equivalent) in Clinical Pharmacy, Management, Education and Training or Research, or extensive clinical experience deemed equivalent.
  • Applicants must have a minimum of five years post-qualification experience.

Highly Desirable:

  • Theoretical and practical experience in the management of complex pharmacotherapy, including experience with therapeutic drug monitoring.
  • Previous project management and/or research experience.
  • Current driver’s licence.

Prior to commencement successful candidates may be required to:

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


  • Provide advanced level clinical pharmacy services and advice on the use of antimicrobials, including participation in regular multidisciplinary ward rounds and provision of pharmaceutical consultation to the Infectious Diseases Department.
  • Oversee and participate in the management of AMS approvals and enforcement of antimicrobial restrictions.
  • Supervise and mentor the HP3 Antimicrobial Stewardship Pharmacist, other pharmacists, students and support staff.
  • Engage internal and external stakeholders to promote quality use of antimicrobials and compliance with hospital accreditation standards, including provision of secretariat duties and/or representation on committees and working groups.
  • Co-ordinate and provide education and training to new and other relevant staff in AMS principles and antimicrobial use.
  • Contribute to the review and development of policies and procedures in relation to antimicrobial use, to practice based research, formulary review, and quality improvement projects as required.
  • Provide a range of pharmacy service on weekends and after hours as rostered.
  • 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 resume 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 and skills in the management of antimicrobial therapy, including therapy choice and dose optimisation based on therapeutic drug monitoring and other pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic principles.

2. Demonstrated ability to apply independent professional judgment to problems of significant scope within a complex and critical service with advanced communication and interpersonal skills including the ability to consult, negotiate and liaise effectively with patients and with colleagues in the multidisciplinary setting and a demonstrated commitment to building and maintaining effective working relationships.

3. Commitment to and demonstrated high level of competence in education, training and the ability to impart knowledge and skills to pharmacy staff, students, hospital clinicians and other stakeholders.

4. Proven ability to develop, review and implement policies and procedures and demonstrated experience in project and/or change management.

5. Demonstrates a commitment to work, health and safety (WH&S) and the positive patient experience and displays behaviour consistent with Canberra Health Service’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: Daniel Lalor

Contact Email:

Closing Date: 16/Jan/2020, 11:59:00 PM

How to Apply

Via this website
Further Information:
Contact: Daniel Lalor 02 5124 2120