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Position Details
Reference Number 393510
Position Title Pharmacist/Poisons Information Specialist
Employment Status Permanent Part Time
Entity The Sydney Children's Hospitals Network
Geographical Location , Westmead
Advertised Award/Classification Pharmacist State Award NSW
Hours per Week 12
Number of FTE 0.32
Purpose of Position

To provide clinical information to both health professionals (particularly doctors, nurses, paramedics) and the general public via the telephone regarding the assessment and treatment of poisoning cases, drug queries and bites and stings.

  1. Assessment of patients exposed to various toxins and advice on simple treatment in the home or referral to a Health Care Facility

  2. Advise medical professionals on the management and prognosis of poisonings.

  3. Advise on the treatment of bites and stings

  4. Advise on the effects of drugs in pregnancy and lactation

  5. Advise on the side effects and interactions of medications

  6. Answer general queries relating to poisoning, pesticides and chemical safety

  7. Accurately record information provided directly into the database at the time of the call

  8. Actively audit Poisons Information Centre call records during each shift

An exciting opportunity exists for a pharmacist with appropriate clinical experience to join the largest Poisons Information Centre (PIC) in Australia to manage actual and suspected poisoning of adults and children.


The NSW PIC is located within The Sydney Children's Hospital Network, at The Children's Hospital Westmead.

PICs provide a 24-hour telephone emergency advisory service for the Australian public and to health professionals, and are contactable via a national telephone number (13 11 26). Specialists in Poisons Information are supported by medical toxicologists to provide phone-based information, risk assessment and management advice relating to accidental and deliberate ingestion and/ or exposure to persons by medicines, drugs of abuse, agricultural, industrial and domestic chemicals, venomous bites, poisons, toxins and other substances.


Further information on the role of the Poisons Information Centre and the career opportunities can be found at the PIC website: http://www.poisonsinfo.nsw.gov.au/About-Us.aspx



This position is Permanent Part Time working 12 hours per week and is classified as a Pharmacist Grade 2.


Please note: To be eligible for permanent appointment to a position in NSW Health, you must have an Australian citizenship or permanent Australian residency.


SCHN is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourage all suitably qualified applicants to apply, including Indigenous Australians, and people from culturally diverse backgrounds. 


**You may be required to work in any facility within The Sydney Children's Hospitals Network. Should this occur, reasonable notice will be provided.**


As this is a “Category A” position, please refer to the Application Guide for vaccination requirements.


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply. We recognise the value of Aboriginal staff providing health care to Aboriginal children and families that access the services we provide at the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network. Aboriginal job applicants are encouraged to visit the NSW Health Aboriginal Recruitment tool, Stepping Up to assist in preparing your application.


This position requires a Working with Children Check (WWCC) issued by the Commission for Children and Young People.  For more information on how to apply for the clearance, please visit the Commission and Young People Website https://check.kids.nsw.gov.au/

Selection Criteria 1. Bachelor degree in Pharmacy (overseas graduates must be eligible for registration in NSW) or Bachelor degree in Science/Medical Science with pharmacology major (overseas graduates must provide an educational assessment from the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition).

2. At least three years full time equivalent post graduate clinical experience, preferably in a hospital setting.

3. Experience working in a health setting involving clinical toxicology cases.

4. Excellent written and oral communication skills.

5. Demonstrated ability to search and accurately assess/interpret medical and drug information.

6. Availability to work within a 24 hour roster including weekends, evening and overnight shifts, in keeping with service delivery requirements.

7. Computer literacy, in particular proficiency with Microsoft Office applications and proficient typing skills.
This position requires a Working With Children Check (WWCC) issued by the Office of the Children's Guardian. For more information on how to apply for the clearance, please visit the Office of the Children's Guardian website www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au/Working-with-children/working-with-children-check
Contact Person Jared Brown
Contact Number 0298453969
Contact Email jared.brown@health.nsw.gov.au
Closing Date 03/06/2017
Supporting Documents
Position Description click here to view
Application Guide click here to view