Job Vacancy:

Senior Technical Officer, Technical Officer Level 2

Position: Permanent, Full Time
Job Code: 8963
Employer: Calvary Public Hospital Bruce
Salary: Salary Range: $59,230 - $67, 825
Closing application date: 28/02/2018

Job Description

The purpose of this position is to support the technical functions of Pharmacy Department through the correct, safe and efficient dispensing of medications and to support the medication management and drug distribution functions of the Pharmacy Department. The role includes coordination, orientation, training and competency assessment of Level 1 Pharmacy Technicians and has greater responsibilities than those of a Level 1 technician.

People and Culture:

  • Practice in accordance with Calvary and relevant Government Health policies and procedures, the position description, Code of Conduct and industrial agreements.
  • Work in accordance with the mission and vision of Calvary and actively participate in developing a culture that promotes Calvary’s values of healing, hospitality, stewardship and respect
  • Work under the supervision of a registered pharmacist
  • Assist lead pharmacists with development and maintenance of technician rosters and duties to ensure day to day service provision in all areas
  • Provide advice to other staff on technical and procedural issues related to the Pharmacy Department functions

Excellence in Care:

  • Process inpatient, discharge and outpatient prescriptions accurately and reliably, according to good dispensing practices and legislative requirements
  • Perform aseptic compounding of sterile products according to departmental policies and procedures
  • Provide ward technician services, ensuring uninterrupted supply of individual inpatient medications to ward areas
  • Distribute ward stock medications via the imprest and drug distribution system with due regard to the hospital formulary, medication safety, stock levels and pharmacy inventory management

Service Development & Innovation:

  • Orientate new members of staff to the role and duties of the Pharmacy technicians
  • Train and validate level 1 pharmacy technicians in dispensing and aseptic compounding practices
  • Coordinate and actively contribute to regular pharmacy technician meetings and CPD.
  • Develop and maintain relevant policy, procedure and training manuals
  • Develop and participate in relevant Pharmacy research programs
  • Keep abreast of Australia wide developments and emerging roles of hospital pharmacy technicians to ensure the most up to date practices and standards

Wise Stewardship:

  • Participate in the management of the pharmacy inventory system, ensuring correct receipt, storage, distribution and management of stock and stock levels and with due regard to minimising waste and provide support to the purchasing functions of the Pharmacy Department
  • Comply, oversee, review and report on quality assurance procedures relevant to pharmacy technician duties

Community Engagement:

  • Liaise with internal and external customers of the Pharmacy Department
  • Represent the Pharmacy Department at relevant events and meetings

WH&S Responsibilities:

  • Take reasonable care of your own health and safety and the health and safety of others in the workplace;
  • Comply with relevant Calvary WHS policies, procedures, work instructions and requests;
  • Report to your supervisor any incident or unsafe conditions which come to your attention;
  • Observe any additional requirements as outline in Calvary’s WHS Responsibilities, Authority and Accountability Table (published on Calvary intranet)


Salary packaging available for Little Company of Mary Health Care Employees, providing substantial tax benefits.

Selection Criteria:

  • Certificate IV in Hospital/Health Services Pharmacy Support highly desirable. A qualification relevant to the role may be deemed to be equivalent by the Director, Pharmacy Services
  • Extensive experience interpreting and dispensing prescriptions in a hospital environment, demonstrating an ability to identify and solve complex problems and refer to a pharmacist when appropriate
  • Experience in aseptic dispensing, demonstrating a knowledge of aseptic techniques and current manufacturing practices and standards
  • Experience in hospital drug distribution systems and inventory management processes
  • Demonstrate knowledge of pharmaceutical quality assurance requirements and an understanding of the cyclical nature of the quality assurance process
  • Literacy, numeracy and oral communication skills of a high order
  • Ability to use available resources and prioritise workloads
  • Ability to use discretion and judgement across the range of skills required of a Pharmacy technician
  • Ability to orientate, train and mentor Pharmacy Technicians Level 1
  • Proven track record in problem solving, innovation and leadership

Additional information:

Hospital Information

Calvary Public Hospital Bruce is a modern healthcare service comprising a 256 bed general hospital located in a beautiful bush land setting in the northern suburbs of Canberra. We are a teaching hospital of the Australian National University, The University of Canberra and the Australian Catholic University. The hospital also has a 19 bed hospice – Clare Holland House – located a short distance away.

The Public Hospital is funded by ACT Health Directorate and managed by the Little Company of Mary Health Care.

For further information, please see the website:

Calvary Public Hospital provides an extensive range of inpatient, ambulatory care and outreach facilities and services.

Our inpatient services include:

  • Emergency medicine
  • MAPU
  • Intensive Care
  • Cardiology
  • Oncology (day unit)
  • General medicine
  • General surgery
  • Hospital in the Home
  • Mental health
  • Palliative care services (specialist unit and home based palliative care)
  • Gynaecology
  • Orthopaedics
  • Anaesthetics
  • Maternity services

Department Information

Calvary Public Hospital Pharmacy has approximately 30 FTE positions, of which 20 are pharmacist positions. We provide a range of Pharmacy services including clinical pharmacy service to ward areas, quality improvement projects, medication safety initiatives, AMS program, clinical trials, student teaching and training as well as on-site aseptic manufacturing.

Hours of operation are from 0800 to 1730 Monday to Friday, with a dispensary based service on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays 0900 to 1600 and a clinical pharmacy service to MAPU on weekends 0800-1600. An on-call pharmacist service is maintained outside of core hours and rotational roster arrangement is used to manage the weekend service requirements for both pharmacists and technical officers.

Clinical placements are supported as an important part of student training and exposure to a potential future workplace. We accept regular student placements from a number of pharmacy schools each year. We also support the Pharmacy Intern Training Programs, accepting one graduate each year to undertake their year of supervised practice. Calvary has been provisionally accredited by SHPA for the inaugural Residency Program commencing in 2017.

Services to the hospital include, ward clinical pharmacy services, patient counseling and continuum of care management, participation in outpatient cardiac rehabilitation education, pharmacotherapy education sessions for hospital staff, aseptic manufacturing services, individual patient dispensing for non-imprest stock, ward imprest supplies, and some outpatient dispensing. The aseptic dispensing service is provided using the Department’s clean room and laminar flow cabinet, with formulation of total parenteral nutrition (TPN), and other I.V additives and epidural dose forms.
A significant commitment to undergraduate education is demonstrated by providing pharmacotherapy education sessions to medical students from the Australian National University and nursing students at the University of Canberra and Australian Catholic University.

A commitment to medication safety is reflected by participation in various Quality Use of Medicines projects and Drug Usage Evaluation (DUE) projects. Calvary pharmacists have presented their research projects at the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia annual medicines management conferences. Posters presented can be viewed outside the pharmacy department.
Pharmacy is strongly represented on Hospital Committees including The Drug and Therapeutics Committee, Accreditation Committees, Clinical Review, Critical Care, Adverse Drug Reaction Committee, Infection Control, Pain Management, Medication Safety Working Group, and the Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee. Pharmacy contributes to hospital-wide quality, safety and risk activities and clinical health improvement programs.

How to Apply

Via this website
Further Information:
Contact: Sue Alexander, (02) 6201 6266