Remote Pharmacist WA – A conversation between myself and the Pharmacy Guild President

In January 2015 the president of the Pharmacy Guild George Tambassis and his PR man Greg Turnbull came onto the lands to spend 5 days with me on the lands. George and I have known each other since uni (in the same prac. group) but had not seen each other since we graduated. We caught up for the first time in nearly 30 years at an international pharmacy conference in September 2014.

The first few hours were spent in Alice Springs where the now previous CEO tried to tell him I was acting out of scope of practice for reviewing medications on the discharge summary of our patients from hospital and advising the doctor of any problems (actually best practice). This set the tone for 2015.

George and Greg travelled out the hard way in a troopie with me for 924km from Alice Springs in the January heat and spent nearly a week with me.

On their last day on the lands Greg filmed George and I having a conversation. Yes, it is a year old but the discussion is still relevant.

Pharmacist wanted for Congress in Alice Springs

Central Australian Aboriginal Congress are looking for a pharmacist. Half of the time it is working within the pharmacy but the rest of the time is spent working with the both the CQI team and GP Coordinator to lead improvement of pharmacy services.

Working for two bosses may be a bit difficult and I believe to make a significant impact the pharmacist needs to be involved in reviewing all medication errors. In the Northern Territory nurses and Aboriginal Health workers have access to a wide range of medications they can supply to patients and also there is a chance to improve systems relating to errors made with hospital discharges and transitions of care which can be quite significant.

Nevertheless I think it may be an interesting job.

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Pharmacists wanted by Save The Children to assist with Ebola Response

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Save the Children are looking for pharmacists amongst other health professionals to set up an treatment centre in Sierra Leone for both case management and support to those who are affected.

The clinical staff they are looking for to provide expertise and support include:

Medical Team Leader
Doctors with infectious disease experience
Nurses with infectious disease experience
Health Information Manager
Outreach Manager
Pharmacist

Training (which you will be paid for) will be provided before being deployed. These will be for a minimum of four weeks and upto six months at a time. There is a salary, medical insurance and accommodationprovided.

The people they are looking for to work in this emergency outbreak (this outbreak of Ebola has killed more people than all other outbreaks combined) are preferably those who have worked in a humanitarian situation or in international development.

Prior to deployment to the field, a period of paid training will be provided which includes relevant organisation inductions and security training, external training on Ebola risk management (hygiene protocols; use of PPE etc).

Please note: due to the nature of this recruitment, applications will be reviewed as they are received and suitable candidates contacted on an on-going basis, as we build a roster to support the treatment centre over the coming months.

Deployments will be for a minimum of 4 weeks (but may be up to 6 months) and successful candidates will be offered a competitive salary package including medical insurance, accommodation and other benefits

We are interested in hearing from you if you have experience of working in a humanitarian situation or have worked in an international development environment (please outline this in your cover letter).

Applications close October 6th (at midnight UK time) though it wouldn’t surprise me if the job was kept open to allow it to roster pharmacists over a lengthy period of time.

Please go to the job advertisment for more information and to find the job descriptions for any of the positions mentioned above. The pharmacist job description can also be viewed and downloaded below.

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