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Health Professional Level 4-Lead Pharmacist Critical Care

Canberra & ACT, ACT

Full time

$100,462 - $108,140


Job Title: Lead Pharmacist
Classification: Health Professional Level 4
Annual Salary: $100,462 - $108,140
Branch: Clinical Support Services
Section: Pharmacy
Vacancy Type: Temporary Full-time
Duration: Six months with the possibility of extension.
Position Number: 28893
Closing Date: 8 February 2018
Contact Officer: Hameda Lane (02) 6244 2121  

About Us

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.

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 ACT Health 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.

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. Clinical Support Services (CSS) provide a range of services that support the clinical divisions within Canberra Hospital and Health Services.
The following areas are included within this Division:
• Biomedical Engineering
• Clinical Records Service
• Medical Physics and Radiation Engineering
• Nursing Operational Support, consisting of Ward Services (Wardspersons, Hospital Assistants and Ward Clerks) and Nursing Support (NIMS Unit, NurseBank, Central Equipment Store, Tissue Viability Team and Pastoral Care)
• Pharmacy
• Revenue Data
• Revenue and finance services

Overview of the work area and position

The Canberra Hospital and Health Services (CHHS) Pharmacy Department have a dynamic, talented team of over 100 Pharmacists, technicians and support staff.

The department provides a range of clinical services to inpatients and outpatients including a number of specialised services.

The Antimicrobial Pharmacist will lead and facilitate the optimal use of antimicrobials within the Canberra Hospital and Health Services (CHHS). The position holder will participate in the CHHS antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) program, providing both clinical and administrative input to the program. The position holder will also lead and coordinate additional activities to optimise the use of antimicrobials within CHHS. These activities will include the oversight of therapeutic drug monitoring performed in relation to antimicrobial therapy and additional project work to improve particular areas of antimicrobial use.

The Pharmacy’s mission statement 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 ACT Health community”.

Eligibility/Other Requirements

• Be registered or be eligible for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
• Postgraduate qualifications (or working towards) in Clinical Pharmacy, Management, Education or Research or extensive specialist clinical pharmacy experience deemed equivalent.

• Suitable experience as a clinical pharmacist practising at an advanced level in critical care, emergency medicine or acute medicine.
• Theoretical and practical experience in the management of complex pharmacotherapy, including experience with therapeutic drug monitoring.
• Project management or research experience.

Prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:
• Undergo a pre-employment Police check.
• Be registered under the Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Act 2011.
• Comply with ACT Health credentialing requirements for allied health.
• Comply with ACT Health Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination policy, (OMU).


This is a temporary position available for a period of six months with the possibility of extension.


The responsibility of this position is to provide leadership, management, and coordination of the pharmacy service to the critical care units of Canberra Hospital and Health Services (CHHS). This position will also include advanced clinical, education, research and quality improvement roles, and provide a range of pharmacy services on weekends and after hours on a rotational basis as rostered.

It is expected that this position will have a 0.5 FTE clinical load, with the other listed duties making up the remaining 0.5 FTE.
Undertake other duties appropriate to this level of classification which contribute to the operations of the section.

1. Under broad direction, and in conjunction with the Director and Deputy Directors of pharmacy services, lead and coordinate the provision of all pharmacy services to the critical care services of CHHS.

1. Provide advanced level clinical pharmacy services to the critical care units of CHHS whilst maintaining clinical pharmacy skills in other areas
2. Proactively develop own knowledge and expertise to serve the functions of the role and the environment keeping abreast of emerging trends in critical care clinical pharmacy services.

Management and Leadership
1. Provide professional supervision, ongoing professional development and personal performance review to all levels of pharmacists, students, technical and other support staff working within the pharmacy service for critical care.
2. Line manage a small team of pharmacists in accordance with the organisational structure.
3. Represent the pharmacy department through professional leadership and advocacy, and liaise with internal and external agencies as required, including national pharmacy networks relevant to critical care services.
4. Promotion of safe, efficacious, and economical use of medicines, ensuring relevant local drug budgets are monitored and managed.

Education and Mentoring
1. Provide education, training and mentorship to new staff and all other relevant groups including (but not limited to) pharmacy staff, medical staff, nursing staff, supervision of students, and mentoring of extended scope practitioners.

Research and Quality Improvement
1. Develop and contribute to practice based research, medication safety initiatives, accreditation activities, policy and procedure review, strategic planning and service review, and quality improvement projects relevant to critical care services in coordination with the QUM and management team.

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.

1. Demonstrated high level of competence, expertise and skills in the management of medicines within Critical Care specialties, including (but not limited to); Intensive Care, High Dependency Care, Emergency Medicine, Medical and Surgical assessment and planning, including therapy choice and dose optimisation based on therapeutic drug monitoring and other pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic principles.

2. Demonstrated ability to apply independent professional judgment to problems of significant scope within a complex and critical service with advanced communication and interpersonal skills including the ability to consult, negotiate and liaise effectively with patients and with colleagues in the multidisciplinary setting and a demonstrated commitment to building and maintaining effective working relationships.

3. Commitment to and demonstrated high level of competence in education, training and the ability to impart knowledge and skills to pharmacy staff, students, hospital clinicians and other stakeholders.

4. Proven ability to develop, review and implement policies and procedures and demonstrated experience in project and/or change management to contribute to improvement programs, medication safety initiatives, research initiatives and accreditation activities associated with pharmacy services

5. Demonstrates 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.

How to Apply

To complete your application, you must prepare responses to the Selection Criteria and upload this as part of your application along with a current curriculum vitae. For more information on how to apply go to

For further information about the position and a copy of the performance expectations and jobs demands checklist please contact the Contact Officer above.