Placement Pharmacist

Townsville, Australia
09 May 2018
End of advertisement period
06 Jun 2018
Contract Type
Part Time

Position Overview

The Placement Pharmacist will manage and develop the Placement program in the Discipline of Pharmacy. The pharmacy program centers on educating graduates with the knowledge and skills to work as pharmacists in rural and remote settings as well as major metropolitan centers. The incumbent will develop teaching materials to guide and assess undergraduate student’s placement experience and performance, provide support to Pharmacist Supervisors who take students on placementand contribute to other aspects of the teaching and research program.

Organisational Charts

James Cook University

Principal Accountabilities

  1. Manage and develop the placement program within the undergraduate Pharmacy course, develop teaching materials to guide and assess undergraduate student’s placement experience and performance and develop materials for Supervisor support and training.
  2. Collaborate with the Student Placement Officer/team and community and hospital Pharmacists throughout Queensland and interstate to ensure placements are available for students and that any issues that arise during placement are managed in a prompt manner.
  3. Recruit new Pharmacy locations in rural and remote areas to provide as broad a range of placement options as possible, working in particular with the Centre for Rural and Remote Health and the North West Primary Health Network (PHN) in relation to new placement opportunities in western Queensland locations.
  4. Contribute to the review of the Pharmacy curriculum in relation to clinical placement length and timing within the changed curriculum.
  5. Contribute to other aspects of the Pharmacy and College teaching and research programs.
  6. Support the University's commitment to the principles of reconciliation, which exemplify respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and the valuing of justice and equity for all Australians.
  7. Demonstrate a commitment to the University values.
  8. Support the principles of the TropEco program and engage in commitment to JCU sustainability goals and objectives.

Generic Accountabilities 

There are generic responsibilities that apply to all James Cook University staff. 

  1. The Placement Pharmacist is required to observe the lawful and reasonable directions, policies and decisions of the University Council, understand and comply with the Enterprise Agreement, the Statutes and Rules of the University, the policies and decisions of the University Council and other appropriate University authorities, as in force from time to time.
  2. The Placement Pharmacist is required to demonstrate a personal commitment to ensure personal safety and the safety of others and contribute to the continuous improvement of our WHS performance. This includes the effective implementation and compliance with James Cook University WHS policies, procedures and safe systems of work, together with all relevant legislation, duties and obligations. Contribute to the continuous improvement of our WHS performance.
  3. The Placement Pharmacist is required to exercise proper discretion in all matters affecting the well-being of the University which involve public writing or speaking in accordance with the University’s Code of Conduct. 

Special Conditions

  • It is a requirement of this position to hold a Queensland driver’s license.
  • It is a requirement of this position to be able to travel throughout Queensland and nationally as required, including travel and meeting attendance outside of normal working hours on occasion.
  • During this appointment, it is expected that the incumbent continues to practice as a Pharmacist in some capacity through a concurrent clinical appointment whilst employed in this position on a 0.8 FTE (or less) basis.

Selection Criteria

Selection and appointments will be assessed against selection criteria.


  1. Current registration as a Pharmacist eligible to practice in Australia.
  2. Broad experience in both hospital and community pharmacy with a minimum of seven years post-registration experience.
  3. Experience in Health Professional Education where clinical placement is a necessary element of the education and training.
  4. Demonstrated high level communication and negotiation skills with capacity to network with key stakeholders including Hospital and Health Services, Pharmacy professional groups such as PSA and the Guild, and across the broader the Pharmacy community.
  5. Ability to contribute to teaching and research within the JCU Pharmacy program.
  6. Demonstrated ability to develop training and assessment materials for use in clinical placement and Supervisor training.


  1. A postgraduate qualification in Pharmacy and/or health professional education.
  2. Demonstrated interest in primary health care delivery in rural and remote settings.