Sydney, Australia
$60-$65 per hour
16 Mar 2017
End of advertisement period
09 Apr 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term

Macquarie is the university of pioneering minds. Globally recognised as one of Australia's leading research universities, Macquarie is a place where extraordinary new possibilities come to light. We've helped people to hear, introduced wireless internet technology to the world and broken through traditional boundaries by appointing the Australia's first female vice-chancellor.

At Macquarie you'll join a vibrant community of diverse perspectives, all working towards a brighter future for our communities and our planet. Surrounded by beautiful parkland campus, our students and staff are free to explore and discover, supported by facilities including a high-tech library, private teaching hospital, gym and pools, childcare facilities, a campus train station and the newly expanded Macquarie Centre shopping complex next door. 

Join us and start seeing the world in a different light.

In Macquarie's newly established Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences you'll join leading researchers, passionate educators and internationally respected clinicians, united in a mission towards delivering the best patient care.  Home to the Australian Institute of Health Innovation and Australia's first fully integrated academic health sciences centre, we are a place of bold discoveries and distinctive educational programs that embolden the future leaders of healthcare.

Australian Institute of Health Innovation (AIHI) is an internationally leading health services research facility. AIHI brings together three well-known, leading and highly successful Macquarie University research centres that work in the separate but related areas of clinical governance, implementation science, health informatics, health services and health systems and safety.

AIHI has experienced rapid growth and we anticipate this will continue in the foreseeable future. AIHI is a multidisciplinary environment and operates with a philosophy of teamwork and mutual professional support and respect. We have a strong environment for excellent scholarship, research activities and output. 

The Centre for Health Systems and Safety Research, one of the core research centres within AIHI is undertaking a study in collaboration with The Sydney Children's Hospitals Network to evaluate the impact of an electronic medication management (eMM) system for all patients across the State's two major paediatric hospitals.

We will apply a stepped-wedge cluster randomised controlled trial design to assess changes in medication errors; and undertake medication audits, direct observational studies of medication administration errors and the workflow of oncologists, and interviews. We will also conduct a cost-effectiveness study of the eMM system.

This project will make a significant contribution nationally and internationally in delivering critical new evidence which will translate into better and safer system designs and use.  The project team is multi-disciplinary with members having backgrounds in medicine, paediatrics, clinical pharmacology, pharmacy, nursing, human factors, health informatics, biostatistics and health economics.

The Role:

We are seeking experienced pharmacists to undertake medication reviews of children's medication charts to identify and classify prescribing errors.  Tasks will include:

  • reviewing medication charts and clinical notes,
  • identifying medication errors,
  • classifying medication errors and rating the potential harm associated with those errors using defined criteria.

Work will be based at Macquarie University.

The positions would be ideal for experienced pharmacists with hospital experience who are seeking flexible working arrangements, or for those recently retired with considerable clinical experience who are interested in contributing to research and sharing their expertise and experience.

Applicants with extensive paediatric experience are particularly encouraged to apply.

Selection Criteria

To be considered for this position applicants are asked to provide a cover letter and attach as a separate document a brief response to indicate how they meet each of the selection criteria below.

Selection Criteria:


  • Experienced hospital pharmacist with qualifications in pharmacy who has been, or is, registered to practice in Australia, the UK, or a country with a similar health care system and practices to Australia.
  • A minimum of 5 years' clinical experience with a proportion of that time spent in paediatrics.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of, and experience in, medication safety and quality use of medicines in hospital.
  • Ability to apply specified medication error and harm classifications.


  • Extensive, recent experience in paediatrics

Note: Criminal Record and Working with Children Checks are required for this position.

For further information on this position, please view the Pharmacist casual task list

Salary Package: HEW Level 7  $60-$65 per hour

Appointment type: Casual. We are looking for applicants who can devote a minimum of 20 hours per week (up to fulltime equivalent), and are able to be flexible around, for example, school holiday periods.

Specific Role Enquiries:  Professor Johanna Westbrook, Director, Centre for Health Systems and Safety Research, Australian Institute of Health Innovation

General Recruitment Enquiries:  Daniella Oreskovic, on

Applications Close:  11:55pm on Sunday 9 April 2017

Macquarie University is an EO Employer committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications are encouraged from people with disability (the AIHI is located in a wheelchair accessible building); women (particularly for senior and non-traditional roles); Indigenous Australians, people who identify as GLBTIQ; and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Applications need to be submitted through the Macquarie University online recruitment system. Where circumstances such as disability or remote location prohibit your access to our online system please contact the enquiries person listed in this advertisement for assistance.