First listed on: 08 February 2019

Lead Pharmacist


Canberra Health Services
Clinical Services

Clinical Support Services

Pharmacy - Canberra Hospital
Health Professional Level 4
Salary Range: $100,462 - $108,140 (PN: 23019)

About us: Canberra Health Services (CHS) 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.

CHS is committed to the delivery of person and family centred, safe and high quality care in a sustainable health system. This will be achieved with key strategic priorities for CHHS which includes ensuring the delivery of CHS’s Quality Strategy and government priorities, and aligning them with CHS’s Territory Wide Services Framework. Canberra Hospital and Health Services provides acute, sub-acute, primary and community-based health services to the ACT and surrounding region. The key strategic priority for acute services is to deliver timely access to effective and safe hospital care services. The hospital delivers a full range of medical, surgical and obstetric services, including complex procedures in areas such as cardiac surgery, neurosurgery and neonatal intensive care.

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 CHS include Early Childhood, Youth and Women’s Health; Dental Services, Rehabilitation and Community Care; Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Services. In addition, Justice Health services are provided within the Territory’s detention facilities. CHS is a partner in teaching with the Australian National University, the University of Canberra and the Australian Catholic University. The Clinical Support Services (CSS) division provides support services across the clinical divisions within Canberra Hospital and Healthcare Services. CSS encompasses a mix of disciplines, including: Pharmacy; Biomedical Engineering; Acute Support Services; Medical Physics and Radiation Engineering; Nursing Operational Support.

Overview of the work area and position: The Canberra Hospital and Health Services (CHHS) Pharmacy Department have a dynamic, talented team of approximately 100 staff, including: pharmacists, technicians and administration staff. The department provides a range of clinical services to inpatients and outpatients including a number of specialised services. The pharmacy team charter is “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 CHS community”. Under the broad direction of the Deputy Director of Pharmacy (Clinical), the Lead Pharmacist for Mental Health, Justice Health and Drug and Alcohol Services (MHJHADS) will work closely with a team of dedicated and skilled technicians and pharmacists to deliver a safe, efficacious and patient centred service. The responsibility of this position is to provide leadership, management, and coordination of the clinical pharmacy services to MHJHADS. This position will also include advanced clinical, education, research and quality improvement roles. The position holder will also integrate into the CHHS Pharmacy team and will provide a range of pharmacy services on weekends, after hours and public holidays as rostered, including on call.

Eligibility/Other Requirements: Be registered (or be eligible for registration) as a Pharmacist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA); postgraduate qualifications in Clinical Pharmacy, Management, Education or Research, or experience deemed equivalent (supported by the development of an Advance Pharmacist Practice Portfolio); significant experience of working within the area of mental health, justice health and/or drug and alcohol management. Highly Desirable: The Society of Hospital Pharmacist of Australia (SHPA) membership; research experience and/or publication in peer reviewed journals; project management experience; current driver’s licence. Prior to commencement successful candidates may be required to undergo a pre-employment Police check; comply with CHS credentialing for Allied Health professionals. If practising clinically (providing direct clinical care to patients or supervising staff providing direct clinical care to patients) as an allied health professional in any capacity at any time in CHS facilities, the person occupying this position will be required to comply with CHS credentialing requirements for allied health professionals. Initial credentialing is completed following a pre-offer for a position, prior to any appointment being made; comply with CHS Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination policy; be registered under the Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Act 2011.

Contact Officer: Hameda Lane (02) 5124 2121

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Applications Close: 21 February 2019 

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