Job Vacancy:

Policy Officer

Position: Full Time Permanent, Probabtion Period: 6 months with a 3 month review
Job Code: SHPA
Employer: The Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia
Salary: $ 70,000 to $ 75,000 range, plus salary packaging and superannuation
Closing application date: 19/09/2017

Job Description

In this role you will provide support to the General Manager Advocacy & Leadership and the Policy Analyst as we collaborate with members to develop SHPA’s policy positions, and communicate them with stakeholders to improve the understanding and relevance of hospital pharmacists in a crowded health sector. A strong interest in health policy, and the role of hospital pharmacy and pharmacy services in healthcare is essential. As part of a small team, your energy and positive attitude will be core to your success.
This is a full-time position of 38 hours per week with flexible hours, although .8 will be considered.

Responsible to: General Manager Advocacy & Leadership

Key Duties:

1.SHPA Policy Formation and Submissions:

  • Liaising by email, discussion boards, telephone and in person, and supporting consultation with SHPA members to gather thoughts and insights to inform SHPA’s policy positions
  • Drafting and reviewing SHPA position statements, policy statements, submissions/tender responses in response to consultations or requests for submissions in additions to proactive submissions to support SHPA’s strategic plan in-line with required deadlines
  • Developing and reviewing SHPA policies and statements for approval by the SHPA Federal Council
  • Assist in drafting SHPA media releases, position and policy statements or any relevant topics and communication statements to members
  • Routinely scan media and government and stakeholder correspondence/websites to identify relevant consultations and calls for submissions
  • Monitoring SHPA specialty practice and branch activities to ensure policy reflects member interests and activities
  • Proactively post relevant stakeholder and government reports, news, journal articles and other relevant media to the appropriate SHPA speciality practice discussion boards

2.SHPA Projects:

  • To assist in project work such as writing reports, analysing data, or gathering evidence as directed by the General Manager Advocacy & Leadership and the Policy Analyst

3. Research:

  • 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

4. Involvement in other SHPA activities:

  • Work with other staff or SHPA members to develop other policies or be involved with projects from time to time, as requested
  • Contribute to papers drafted by other staff in a timely manner
  • General support to SHPA staff to address member queries on any topic
  • Assist with member queries and liaison during periods of high volume telephone calls



Generous salary packaging is available.

Selection Criteria:


  • A relevant university qualification in health sciences, policy or similar (a pharmacy qualification is not essential for this position, but pharmacists are welcome to apply).
  • Proven experience demonstrating an understanding of health policy
  • Interest in pharmacy policy and the role of medicines management in a multidisciplinary healthcare environment
  • Experience in gathering evidence to inform policy positions and conducting literature reviews
  • Experience in producing both short and long written documents
  • Good written communication skills
  • 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


  • Experience in a NFP or membership organisation
  • Experience of liaising with government or health professionals

How to Apply

Further Information:
Contact: Emily Opray,