AMS Pharmacist Mentor

About MenziesAs one of Australia’s leading medical research institutes dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians, and a leader in global and tropical research into life-threatening illnesses, Menzies School of Health Research continues to translate its research into effective partnerships and programs in communities across Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.About the position:The Antimicrobial Stewardship Pharmacist mentor will contribute to capacity building within Hospital Nasional Guido Valadares (HNGV) Pharmacy department and the municipal referral hospitals, as part of the Fleming Fund Country Grant to Timor-Leste. Mentoring will assist in establishing systems for monitoring antimicrobial prescribing and use, and locally relevant approaches to promoting rational use of antimicrobials according to antibiotic prescribing guidelines. Mentoring will focus on pharmacists within the Pharmacy Department at HNGV and the referral hospitals, which will occur in the context of multidisciplinary teams, with extensive interactions with doctors at HNGV and referral hospitals also. The position will be based in Dili, Timor-Leste, with frequent travel to other municipalities.Menzies has an office in Dili, Timor-Leste with around 40 Timorese and expatriate staff employed in-country, supporting the delivery of capacity-building and research projects. A number of projects are being conducted through the office under a Memorandum of Understanding between Menzies and the Ministry of Health.The AMS Pharmacist Mentor will:Support the development of capacity within the Pharmacy department of the HNGV and the referral hospitals for monitoring antibiotic prescribing and antibiotic use.Provide on-the job coaching and mentoring for the pharmacy staff at HNGV and the referral hospitals, with a focus on antibiotics, antibiotic prescribing, and the principles of antimicrobial stewardship.Assist the project leads and other members of a multidisciplinary team from Menzies, HNGV and the Ministry of Health in the evaluation and revision of antibiotic prescribing guidelines.In collaboration with the pharmacy department of HNGV, coordinate periodic audits of antimicrobial prescribing, including point prevalence assessments and continuous monitoring, as capacity increases.Work together with the Infectious diseases mentor to strengthen the collaboration between clinicians at HNGV and the Pharmacy department at HNGV.Contribute to approved Menzies research projects associated with the Fleming Fund Country Grant to Timor-Leste and other Menzies projects based in HNGV.Assist the Project Leads with reporting requirements for funders, collaborators, and internal Menzies purposes.Any other tasks as reasonably required by the supervisor, Division Leader and/or Director.The successful applicant will have:Postgraduate qualification and extensive relevant experience in clinical pharmacy, including in antimicrobial stewardship roles.Extensive knowledge of antimicrobial stewardship principles, and implementation of antimicrobial stewardship programs.Demonstrated ability to think analytically and critically and to synthesize antimicrobial prescribing data.Proven experience in the development of guidelines.Experience teaching, training and supervising pharmacists.Expertise in health systems strengthening and capacity development in low-resource settings.Ability to correspond with stakeholders, manage sensitive issues and maintain confidentiality.Strong communication skills and demonstrated ability to be flexible and pragmatic, especially in a cross-cultural setting.Undertake a National Police Clearance, hold a Working With Children (Ochre) card and be able to obtain working rights in Timor-Leste.Initiative, good judgement and strong problem-solving skills with demonstrated ability to work under broad direction as part of a multidisciplinary team.  An understanding and awareness of relevant Workplace Health and Safety as well as Equal Opportunity principles and legislation along with a commitment to maintaining a healthy and safe workplace for all Menzies staff, students, volunteers and visitors. Desirable:   Ability to communicate in Tetum, Bahasa Indonesian or Portuguese an advantage.Previous experience working in health systems strengthening and capacity building in low-resource setting What we offer:6 weeks annual leaveOption to increase super to 14%Attractive salary package including superannuation and salary packaging benefitsGeneral Staff Level 8Contact: Karen Champlin via email date:  7th March 2022Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply "Applicants must been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Selected applicant will be required to provide suitable evidence to Human Resources" Applicants are required to address the selection criteria. For information on how to apply for this position and to obtain the Position Description and Selection Criteria please visit     AMS Pharmacist Mentor PD 102000 AUD Dili