Queensland Health offers employment opportunities for hospital pharmacists in clinical or management roles in a range of settings from major hospitals in large cities to smaller hospitals in rural areas.
The role of a hospital pharmacist may include:
- working with doctors and other hospital staff to ensure quality use of medicines throughout the hospital
- working in specialist areas such as oncology, cardiology, mental health
- dispensing medicines and formulating special medicines
- educating patients in relation to medicines and their use
- liaison with community-based health professionals to achieve continuity in medication management between hospital and home
- involvement in clinical trials and research of new medicines
- involvement in patient safety initiatives including drug use evaluation
- Hospital in the Home initiatives
- managing pharmacy services.
Pharmacists wishing to practise in Australia are required to be registered with the Pharmacy Board of Australia.
Graduates of an approved program of study are required to complete a period of supervised practice to be eligible for general registration.
Internationally qualified pharmacists
Pharmacists from countries other than Australia and New Zealand, are required to pass the Australian Pharmacy Council (APC) examinations and complete a period of supervised practice in order to be eligible for general registration with the Pharmacy Board of Australia.