Policy Analyst (Pharmacist)

July 16, 2021
Flexible, Melbourne, Australia
Job Type
State or territory


This role can be based anywhere in Australia and SHPA welcomes applicants from all states and territories.


  • Immediate start
  • Location: Flexible, work-from-home, remote working
  • 1.0FTE (38 hours per week)
  • Salary is $85,000 - $90,000 plus superannuation and salary packaging
  • 12-month contract (with possibility for further extension)

Position Description:

Are you a hospital pharmacist in Australia looking to demonstrate the impact and expertise of your sector to federal and state governments and other healthcare stakeholders including medical, pharmacy, allied health and consumer organisations?


In this role you will help The Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia (SHPA), the 5,000 member organisation of hospital pharmacists, represent the expertise of members and advise government regarding best practice hospital pharmacy practice and policy as part of the Policy and Advocacy team.

A good background of experience as a hospital pharmacist will be essential to help you draft government submissions, practice updates and position statements discussing and demonstrating the value of hospital pharmacy practice, medicines management and related matters such as health service funding and clinical guidelines.  This role will suit candidates with a wider interest in the healthcare system, with a curiosity and demonstrable skills in analysing public health and/or pharmacy policy and its impact on pharmacy sectors.


Reporting to the Head of Policy and Advocacy and working closely with the Policy Lead, Government Relations and Advocacy Lead, your energy and positive attitude will be essential to your success. This is a full-time position. Generous salary packaging is available.


Key Duties:

SHPA Policy

  • Proactively liaise with SHPA members through Branches, Specialty Practice Groups, subject matter experts and other means, to ensure their expertise is evident in SHPA submissions, position statements, practice updates and policy development.
  • Draft responses to requests for submissions on key topics related to medicines management, clinical guidelines, hospital pharmacy practice, service delivery and clinical care in a timely manner.
  • Use plain English to communicate complex information related to medicines and pharmacy and elevate the understanding and awareness of hospital pharmacy to non-pharmacy stakeholders.
  • Ensure all content appropriately reflects the evidence-base, relevant regulation and legislation.
  • Maintain a broad awareness of health policy and government initiatives as they relate to hospital pharmacy.
  • Routinely scan media and government and stakeholder correspondence/websites to identify relevant consultations and calls for submissions.

SHPA Projects

  • To assist in project work as directed by the Head of Policy and Advocacy
  • Identify opportunities to engage with stakeholders to work on joint projects or policy discussions
  • Preparation of draft papers for publication, communications statements to members
  • Preparation of formal papers for publication in the JPPR, GRIT or other publications, ensuring that policy and project work is available broadly
  • Undertake projects that improve recognition of SHPA and establish a point of identity for its membership from other pharmacy stakeholders


  • Identify key areas or services which involve or relate to the use of medicines, pharmacy services and anticipate any impact on SHPA policy and projects or the need for advocacy or research activities
  • Develop evidence summaries from literature about the outcomes from pharmacy services, service innovation and the impact on patient care,
  • Develop and maintain evidence databases which highlight the learnings from each evidence summary for SHPA’s future activities and corporate knowledge

Required Skills:


  • Experience in a hospital pharmacy setting as a hospital pharmacist and knowledge of hospital pharmacy services and evolving pharmacy roles
  • Strong communication skills especially in writing plain English for non-pharmacy readers
  • Interest in hospital pharmacy practice, hospital funding and health policy more broadly
  • Highly personable with a willing and positive approach to working within a small team
  • High level of attention to detail
  • Excellent planning, organisational, prioritisation and time management skills
  • Ability to initiate activities and prioritise multiple tasks with minimum supervision


  • Interest in research would be highly regarded
  • Have experience in membership-based organisations and/or the not-for-profit sector
  • Postgraduate qualifications in clinical pharmacy, health policy, public policy or healthcare management

Applications close 11:59pm (AEST) Sunday 8th August 

Please include a cover letter with your application. 


Please submit your application to eopray@shpa.org.au

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