The Territory has a variety of opportunities available for pharmacists including hospital, community and leadership positions. They also enjoy six weeks annual leave and professional development support.
Meet Kara who is the Pharmacy Manager at Gove District Hospital in Nhulunbuy. She studied pharmacy at the Victorian College of Pharmacy (now Monash University) and undertook her medical residency at The Royal Melbourne Hospital. Kara knew she wanted to be a pharmacist in primary school and when she left year 12 she applied to every pharmacy school there was in Australia.
“I commenced at NT Health for a three month locum, 11 years later I am still in Nhulunbuy. During my time I’ve been exposed to so many opportunities.”
Kara recommends pharmacy as a great career. “You can work anywhere in the world and there are so many diverse roles out there for pharmacists.”
After studying in Melbourne Stephanie came to Alice Springs on a three month contract to explore Central Australia. Almost five years later she is the Director of Pharmacy in Alice Springs.
“I have enjoyed multiple career opportunities while living in Alice Springs which I may not have had in other locations”.
The Territory provides rich learning opportunities and career progression for motivated pharmacists. The community of pharmacists is small which means teams work closely to support each other and learn together.
Jack is a clinical pharmacist at the Alice Springs Hospital. After growing up in Mount Isa he studied pharmacy at James Cook University gaining firsthand experience in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. This sparked his interest to work in rural communities where he could have the most influence on closing the gap. After completing his internship in South East Queensland Jack decided city life wasn’t for him and applied for a position in Alice Springs.
“The culture in Alice Springs Hospital is fantastic and I felt instantly at home. Within six months I’ve made friends for life and made a new home for myself. Within my first week, I was invited to trivia, taken on a hike, and shown the local brunch hotspot.”
Jack has enjoyed a number of professional opportunities such as flying with the Royal Flying Doctors Services to Tennant Creek as the sole pharmacist. Tennant Creek has a 20 bed hospital that services the Barkly region. Jack relished this opportunity to learn and develop skills working remote with limited resources in a cross cultural context.
“An experience I’ll never forget was providing discharge counselling on the front lawn of the hospital in order to educate the patient in a safe space that was less daunting than the four walls of the hospital.”
Jack encourages anyone considering a change of scenery to consider Alice Springs and says moving here has been one of the best decisions of his life.
Healthcare in the Territory promises a culturally rich experience, exciting career opportunities and a lifestyle that we think is the best in the world!