Lead Antimicrobial Stewardship Pharmacist

Date: 8 Sep 2023

Location: 50 Flemington Rd, AU

Company: theroyalch

The Hospital:

The Royal Children’s Hospital’s (RCH) Vision is “A world where all kids thrive”.

RCH is a cornerstone member of the Melbourne Children’s Campus, partnering with Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, The University of Melbourne Department of Pediatrics and The Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation.

RCH has cared for the children and young people of Victoria for more than 150 years since it was founded in 1870. A full range of paediatric and adolescent health services are provided plus tertiary and quaternary care for the most critically ill and medically complex patients in Victoria, Tasmania, southern NSW and other states around Australia and overseas. The Hospital has more than 6,000 staff, a budget of $850M, 12 wards and 350 beds. Annually, the RCH has 300,000+ Specialist Clinic appointments, 90,000+ Emergency Department presentations and 20,000 elective surgeries.

The RCH is committed to the Child Safe Standards

RCH enjoys high employee engagement and is committed to staff safety and a positive culture through enactment of our Compact.

For further Information on RCH is available here.

Pharmacist Grade 4 - Lead Antimicrobial Stewardship Pharmacist


About the Role

This is a Fixed Term Full Time position at 1.0FTE/80 hours per fortnight within the Pharmacy and Infectious Diseases Departments for 3 years.

You will be working collaboratively with the Antimicrobial Stewardship consultant and Pharmacy to build a new comprehensive Antimicrobial Stewardship program. This will include being responsible for the effective implementation and uptake of the Electronic Medical Record AMS module.

What you’ll achieve:

  • The development and implementation of an innovative and evidence-based service that improves use of antimicrobials, patient safety and infection treatment outcomes
  • Proactively work with multiple stakeholders to meet the relevant National Safety and Quality Healthcare Service Standards and Clinical Care.
  • Effective leadership of a team, including another Pharmacist and specialist Pharmacy technician.
  • Demonstrated financial sustainability of the Pharmacy positions through reduction in medication costs to ensure continuity of the service at the end of the fixed-term period.


Classification for this position will range from Grade 4 Year 1 – Grade 4 Year 5


Your skills and experience:

  • Bachelor of Pharmacy or equivalent, and registered to practice as a pharmacist with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency & name appears on the register of the Pharmacy Board of Australia
  • At least 10 years’ experience in hospital pharmacy, including areas of high antimicrobial usage such as oncology
  • Post-graduate qualifications relevant to the role
  • Previous experience in AMS activities and education
  • Experience in cost reduction activities or budget responsibilities

If this sounds like you, click here to view the position description.


About The Pharmacy Department

We are a team of around 70 staff including pharmacists, technicians, and administrators. Our supportive and collaborative teams include Outpatients, Children’s Cancer Centre, Clinical Pharmacy, Clinical trials, and Medicines Information, HiTH and Sterile Services and the Pharmacy Business Unit. The position will work very closely with the Infectious Diseases Department to ensure the success of the new AMS program.

What we offer:

  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Ability to join Fitness Passport - Your pass to an extensive choice of fitness facilities
  • Staff Wellbeing Hub
  • Staff immunisation
  • Early Learning Centre childcare
  • Discounted on-site car parking
  • Retail and food outlets, including a convenience store
  • Professional development and special events
  • Culture of continuous improvement


Other requirements:

  • Current National Criminal Record Check, or willing to obtain
  • Valid Working with Children Check
  • Compliance with RCHs “Staff Immunisation - Prevention of Vaccine Preventable Diseases” procedure



Application process

To apply, you will need a resume and a tailored cover letter outlining your skills, experience, and suitability for the position in line with the requirements of the position description.

Shortlisting for this position will commence immediately, we encourage you to apply promptly!

For more information about this position please contact Brian Lilley, Director of Pharmacy Ph:03 9345 5493 Email: brian.lilley@rch.org.au

Why work at the RCH?

RCH enjoys high employee engagement and is committed to staff safety and a positive culture through enactment of our Compact. We offer the opportunity to work in world-class facilities,  surrounded by Royal Park and only a short tram trip from the heart of Melbourne city.

We also offer discounted staff parking, salary packaging, and an award-winning health and wellbeing program.

The RCH is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from culturally and/or linguistically diverse background,  all members of the LGBTQI community and people with disability.

It is a requirement of your employment that you be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, and Influenza annually for Category A and B roles, in compliance with any public health orders in place at the relevant time, unless you have a medical exception in line with those public health orders, which has been accepted by The Royal Children’s Hospital.  Applicants will be required to provide their Australian Government Immunisation History Statement, it is a requirement of the RCH to collect, record and hold vaccination information.

It is also a requirement of your employment that you comply with any direction given by The Royal Children’s Hospital that you be vaccinated against, or prove immunity to, any other disease, unless you have a relevant exemption


Are you ready to join our team? 

 Apply online by clicking on the “Apply” button

Applications close 6 October 2023