Job Vacancy:

Pharmacy Manager – Palmerston Regional Hospital

Position: Full time for 12 months commencing January 2020
Job Code: 40003
Employer: Royal Darwin Palmerston Hospitals
Salary: Remuneration Package $138,721 - $154,778 (including salary $120,545 - $134,667)
Closing application date: 17/11/2019

Job Description

Royal Darwin Hospital (RDH) is fully accredited and the premier teaching hospital in the Northern Territory with over 400 beds. It has links with Flinders Medical School, Menzies School of Health Research, and the Charles Darwin University. Palmerston Regional Hospital (PRH) is a new 116-bed sub-campus of the RDH with services integrated across the two campuses.

Specialties include Aboriginal health, renal medicine, critical care units (both adult and neonatal), tropical diseases, cancer services, and mental health services in addition to standard medical, surgical and paediatric areas.

Department Information
The Royal Darwin Palmerston Hospitals pharmacy department is modern and progressive. The department is made up of 36 pharmacists and 24 pharmacy technicians. The team at Palmerston Hospital consists of 4 pharmacists, 2 technicians, and 1 intern.

Services provided include ward based clinical and drug information services, in-patient and out-patient dispensing, sterile and non-sterile manufacturing. The regional pharmacy provides services to remote health centres giving you the opportunity to deliver clinical pharmacy services to patients and staff living in the outback.

The department has close links with Charles Darwin University and provides teaching services to the undergraduate pharmacy degree program and is developing joint practice research projects.

We are seeking an experienced senior Pharmacist to join our team. The position requires a Pharmacist who is flexible, engaging, and a team leader who is operationally focused.

Primary Objective: Develop, manage, and lead the pharmacy services at Palmerston Regional Hospital (PRH) to ensure the delivery of high quality clinical pharmacy and medicines distribution services, and co-ordinate the medication governance activities of Northern Territory (NT) Drugs and Therapeutics Committee.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Control the acquisition and storage of all required pharmaceuticals to PRH in accordance with relevant legal requirements. Co-ordinate the supply of pharmaceuticals to the hospital and authorised clients.
  2. Actively participate as a member of the PRH Operational Leadership Team and provide advice to RDPH Executive.
  3. Manage the financial and human resources of the PRH pharmacy department including reporting as appropriate.
  4. Provide leadership, induction, guidance, mentoring, support and expert advice to staff to ensure the effective delivery of clinical pharmacy services in a complex cross cultural context.
  5. Assist the Director of Pharmacy with the administration of the RDPH pharmacy departments, including management of staff, and improvements in medication management within Top End Health Service and across the NT.
  6. Secretariat role for the NT Drugs and Therapeutics Committee, and manage the RDPH Drug Information Service.
  7. Foster a positive workplace culture through exemplary leadership practices and role modelling behaviour.
  8. Coordinate research activity within the pharmacy department and act as a liaison point for education providers.
  9. Maintain a commitment to ensuring contemporary knowledge, leadership practices, and professional development.
  10. Follow defined service quality standards, work health and safety policies and procedures relating to the work being undertaken in order to ensure high quality, safe services and workplaces.


  • Six weeks paid annual leave with 17% loading
  • Three weeks personal leave per annum
  • Superannuation contributions of 9% are paid by the NT government
  • Salary sacrifice of up to $9 010 into personal loans, residential rent, Novated vehicle leasing and other items.
  • Salary sacrifice into superannuation

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

Selection Criteria:

  1. A degree or relevant qualification in Pharmacy and unconditional registration as a pharmacist with the Pharmacy Board of Australia.
  2. Extensive contemporary experience in hospital pharmacy, with proven capacity to coordinate and manage clinical pharmacy services.
  3. Demonstrated leadership, negotiation and change management skills including the ability to develop and maintain trust, establish clear goals and exercise fair and objective judgement.
  4. Demonstrated knowledge and experience in researching, analysing, coordinating information and providing concise, relevant and timely advice, briefings and written reports for a variety of audiences.
  5. Extensive experience in the supervision, mentoring, and continuing education of professional staff.
  6. Knowledge and understanding of the principles of continuous quality improvement and how they relate to hospital pharmacy practice.
  7. Excellent communication skills including the ability to communicate and liaise effectively with a variety of stakeholders.
  8. Experience in human and financial resource management (desirable)
  9. Postgraduate qualifications or research experience in clinical pharmacy or management (desirable)

Additional information:

If you want your career to go places then join Department of Health in the Northern Territory. The challenges and opportunities in health and community care in the Territory are like no other in Australia, from remote Aboriginal health to tropical health and urban tertiary care. Continued investments in Aboriginal health, remote health, acute care and community services offer many opportunities for health professionals who want to be part of making a difference.

Applicants should address the selection criteria in a one page summary sheet and provide a current detailed CV and contact details for 2 referees. Information on the Northern Territory and its great lifestyle is available at
Note: The preferred or recommended applicant will be required to hold a current Working with Children Clearance notice / Ochre Card (application forms available from and undergo a criminal history check. A criminal history will not exclude an applicant from this position unless it is a relevant criminal history.

How to Apply

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Contact: Jo Wallace 08 797 99593