Job Vacancy:

Rotational Pharmacist HP2 – Health Professional Level 2

Position: Temporary and Permanent
Job Code: P10952
Employer: ACT Health - Canberra Hospital and Health Services (CHHS)
Closing application date: 20/08/2017

Job Description


Under general professional guidance:

1. Dispense medicines for inpatients, outpatient clients and for patients being discharged from the hospital and provide ward based clinical pharmacy services including individual patient medication reviews and interventions.
2. Counsel patients about their medications in order to optimise therapeutic outcomes.
3. Provide drug information to patients and health professionals.
4. Provide supervision to interns, pharmacy staff, and students.
5. Provide pharmacy services on weekends and after hours as rostered.
6. Participate in the department quality improvement projects, educational programs and research activities.
7. Undertake other duties as directed, within the approved scope of practice of this position

Personal Attributes – To be successful in this position, it is expected that the successful candidate will have the following attributes:

• Strong organisational skills with a high degree of personal drive and integrity
• Well-developed leadership skills and motivation with the ability to participate in the department’s quality improvement projects, educational programs and research activities
• Support the shared purpose (culture and values) and mission the department “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”

Qualifications/Other Requirements:

• Be registered as a pharmacist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Highly desirable:
• At least 2 years clinical experience as a registered pharmacist in the hospital setting
• SHPA membership.

Please note prior to commencement successful candidates may be required to:

• Undergo a pre-employment Police check.
• Be registered under the Working for Vulnerable People Act.
• Work across multiple CHHS sites
• Comply with ACT Health credentialing requirements for allied health professionals.
• Comply with ACT Health Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination policy.

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. Demonstrated intermediate level of knowledge, expertise and skill sufficient to provide pharmaceutical care to patients in a tertiary hospital setting across a variety of clinical specialties.
2.High level interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to consult, negotiate and liaise effectively with patients and with colleagues in the multidisciplinary setting.
3.Demonstrated commitment to building and maintaining effective working relationships, and the maintenance of a supportive work environment.
4.Demonstrated ability to provide professional supervision to graduates, students and support staff and a commitment to continuing professional development.
5.Demonstrate a commitment to work, health and safety (WH&S) and the positive patient experience and displays behaviour consistent with ACT Health’s values of Care, Excellence, Collaboration and Integrity.

Job Demands Checklist

Physical Demands Frequency
Sitting – remaining in a seated position to perform tasks – Frequent
Standing – remaining standing without moving about to perform tasks – Frequent
Walking – Floor type: even / uneven / slippery, indoors / outdoors, slopes – Frequent
Running – Floor type: even / uneven / slippery, indoors / outdoors, slopes – N/A
Bend/Lean Forward from Waist – Forward bending from the waist to perform tasks – Occasional
Trunk Twisting – Turning from the waist while sitting or standing to perform tasks – Occasional
Kneeling – remaining in a kneeling posture to perform tasks – N/A
Squatting / Crouching – Adopting a squatting or crouching posture to perform tasks – Occasional
Leg / Foot Movement – Use of leg and / or foot to operate machinery – N/A
Climbing (stairs/ladders) – Ascend / descend stairs, ladders, steps – Occasional
Lifting / Carrying – Light lifting & carrying: 0 – 9 kg – Frequent
Lifting / Carrying – Moderate lifting & carrying: 10 – 15 kg – N/A
Lifting / Carrying – Heavy lifting & carrying: 16kg & above – N/A
Reaching – Arms fully extended forward or raised above shoulder – N/A
Pushing / Pulling / Restraining – Using force to hold / restrain or move objects toward or away from the body – N/A
Head / Neck Postures – Holding head in a position other than neutral (facing forward) – N/A
Hand & Arm Movements – Repetitive movements of hands and arms – Frequent
Grasping / Fine Manipulation – Gripping, holding, clasping with fingers or hands – Occasional
Driving – Operating any motor powered vehicle – N/A

Sensory Demands Frequency
Sight – Use of sight is an integral part of work performance e.g. Viewing of X-Rays, computer screens – Frequent
Smell – Use of smell is an integral part of work performance e.g. Working with chemicals – N/A
Touch – Use of touch is an integral part of work performance – N/A

Psychosocial Demands Frequency
Distressed People – e.g. Emergency or grief situations – N/A
Aggressive & Uncooperative People – e.g. drug / alcohol, dementia, mental illness – Occasional
Unpredictable People – e.g. Dementia, mental illness, head injuries – Occasional
Restraining – involvement in physical containment of clients/consumers – N/A
Exposure to Distressing Situations – e.g. Child abuse, viewing dead / mutilated bodies; verbal abuse; domestic violence; suicide – Occasional

Environment Demands Frequency
Gases – Working with explosive or flammable gases requiring precautionary measures – N/A
Liquids – Working with corrosive, toxic or poisonous liquids or chemicals requiring PPE – Occasional
Hazardous substances – e.g. Dry chemicals, glues – Occasional
Noise – Environmental / background noise necessitates people raise their voice to be heard – Occasional
Sunlight – Risk of sunburn exists from spending more than 10 minutes per day in sunlight – N/A
Confined Spaces – areas where only one egress (escape route) exists – N/A
Slippery or Uneven Surfaces – Greasy or wet floor surfaces, ramps, uneven ground – N/A
Inadequate Housekeeping – Obstructions to walkways and work areas cause trips and falls – N/A
Biological Hazards – e.g. exposure to body fluids, bacteria, infectious diseases – Occasional

Additional information:

ACT Health is a values-led Directorate. Our values guide our day-to-day actions, behaviours, decisions and communications to successfully deliver the best services to meet the needs of our community. They were developed by us, for us and are unique to our work.

Canberra Hospital and Health Services (CHHS) provides acute, sub-acute, primary and community-based health services to the ACT and surrounding region.

Strong links exist between hospital and community-based services, as many of the operational divisions deliver services across the continuum of care to ensure continuity of care for patients. The community based services of ACT Health include early childhood, youth and women’s health; dental services, rehabilitation and community care; mental health and alcohol and drug services. In addition, justice health services are provided within the Territory’s’ detention facilities.

ACT Health is a partner in teaching with the Australian National University, the University of Canberra and the Australian Catholic University.

The pharmacy department sits in the Division of Clinical Support Services. The following areas are included within this Division:

• Pharmacy
• Biomedical Engineering
• Medical Physics and Radiation Engineering
• Nursing Operational Support
• Clinical Records


Apply online (preferred method), or by post to Shared Services Centre, Recruitment Services, GPO Box 158, Canberra City ACT 2601


How to Apply

Via this website

Further Information: Stuart Margison (02) 6244 2120