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Industrial Pharmacist
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Retail Pharmacists supply and make medications and other prescription drugs in hospitals and pharmacies. They prepare and supervise the dispensing of a range of medications, ointments, tablets and other medicinal products, as well as advising both patients and physicians on their appropriate use. They also FutureGrowthModerate conduct research on the manufacture, production, storage and distribution of medicines and drugs. Pharmacists have the opportunity to work across the state, from our cities and towns to more remote areas.

Retail Pharmacists supply, dispense and manufacture medicines and pharmaceutical products in hospitals and community pharmacies, and advise on their appropriate use. They also conduct research into the formulation, production, storage, quality control and distribution of medicines and pharmaceutical products.

ANZSCO description: 251513: Retail Pharmacists supply and make medications and other prescription drugs in hospitals and pharmacies.

Alternative names: Chemist

Knowledge, skills and attributes

A pharmacist needs:

  • a desire to help people
  • communication skills
  • logic and problem-solving skills
  • an interest in biology, physiology and pharmacology
  • the ability to lead and train others
  • discretion and maturity when discussing personal health issues


Duties and Tasks

Pharmacists may perform the following tasks:Giving advice

  • prepare or supervise the dispensing of medicines, ointments and tablets
  • advise patients on how their medicines are to be taken or used in the safest and most effective way in the treatment of common ailments
  • advise members of the public and other health professionals about medicines (both prescription and over-the-counter medicines), including appropriate election, dosage and drug interactions, potential side effects and therapeutic effects
  • select, advise on and supply non-prescription medicine, sick room supplies and other products
  • develop legally recognised standards, and advise on government controls and regulations concerning the manufacture and supply of medicines
  • work in the research and development of medicines and other health-related products
    manage pharmaceutical companies.

Specialisations: Industrial Pharmacist; Hospital Pharmacist; and...

Community or Retail Pharmacist
A community pharmacist is involved in dispensing prescriptions, providing advice on drug selection and usage to doctors and other health professionals, providing primary healthcare advice and support, and educating customers on health promotion, disease prevention and the proper use of medicines. They usually have a high level of contact with the public.

Consultant Pharmacist
A consultant pharmacist is employed by community pharmacies or hospitals, or self-employed and contracted by community pharmacies, to provide medication reviews for residential care or ambulatory care patients and/or other medication-related cognitive services.

Government Pharmacist
A government pharmacist is involved with the regulatory control of pharmaceutical and medical products at state, territory or federal level.

 

Working conditions

Pharmacists may work in community pharmacies, chemists, aged care facilities, hospitals and other medical establishments. They may also visit patients in their homes. Part of their time may be spent researching and testing pharmaceutical products, however most pharmacists make up prescriptions and consult with patients and other health care professionals.

Tools and technologies

Pharmacists often use laboratory equipment and more traditional means for combining medicines such as a mortar and pestle and measuring equipment. They also work with a range of pharmaceutical and medicinal drugs in liquid, capsule and tablet form, as well as other treatments like ointments, balms and lotions. They often use computers, and usually wear sterile clothing including gloves and gowns.

Education and training/entrance requirements

To become a pharmacist you usually have to complete a four year Bachelor of Pharmacy degree at university.

​To work as a pharmacist in Australia, you must be registered with the Pharmacy Board of Australia.

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(Source: ACA Research: August 28, 2013)

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