AIR FORCE OFFICER / FULL TIME / VIEW RESERVE JOB

Pharmacist


An exciting opportunity for pharmacists wishing to expand their careers working for a large organisation in diverse locations throughout Australia and overseas.

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About the Job

As an Air Force Pharmacist you will have two key roles. You will not only perform similar clinical duties to a community or hospital pharmacist but you will also be responsible for managing the Health Logistics requirements of your Health Facility.

Air Force Pharmacists are integral members of the Defence Healthcare team. During your service you can expect a wide-range of employments including deployment with your unit into remote areas of Australia and overseas.

You should expect a broad variety of work experience. Typical responsibilities may include:

Clinical Roles.

  • Provision of pharmacy services including dispensing, monitoring, evaluation and assurance of safe and effective use of medications
  • Provision of professional advice on medications to patients, prescribers and other Health Service personnel (specifically in relation to the unique use of medication in the ADF)
  • Developing medication policy for ADF Health Facilities and
  • Participation and instruction in health training programs.

Health Logistics Roles.

  • Inventory control for ADF Health Facilities including pharmaceuticals, consumables and equipment
  • Management of Medical, Dental and General equipment for ADF Health Facilities
  • Supervision of pharmacy and supply staff and
  • Maintaining deployable health assets, including field hospitals (Expeditionary Health Facilities) and aeromedical evacuation kits.

Additionally there are significant opportunities to practise as a Pharmacist and Health Logistician in the operationally deployed role.

At a more senior level, responsibilities may include:

  • Pharmaceutical administration, equipment and financial planning and health logistics planning
  • Participation in operational planning and the conduct of operations at higher levels and
  • Participation in strategic health planning and policy formulation.

Pharmacists are also an integral element of the Royal Australian Air Force Specialist Reserve (RAAFSR) which is designed to provide a broad range of health services to complement and supplement those maintained in the Permanent Air Force (PAF).

Graduate

Make the most of your relevant degree joining fully qualified

Undergraduate

Join while still at university and have your remaining study fees sponsored

Learn more about Entry Methods


Salary can be over $71,900 p.a. on completion of initial employment training. This salary includes Uniform and Service allowance.


FULL JOB DETAILS

This entry method is currently not recruiting

Key Information

Salary & Allowances

Salary on joining the Air Force will be $56,953 per year ($2,184 per fortnight).*

Uniform Allowance at a rate of $682 per year ($26 per fortnight) is paid to assist members to maintain an approved scale of uniforms in good order and condition.

In addition to your salary, you will receive Service Allowance of $12,924 per year ($497 per fortnight) except while undertaking Military (Initial) or Employment training. This allowance compensates a member for the unique requirements that service life may impose on an individual and his or her family.

Salary will continue to increase based on rank and the number of years of service completed in that rank. Refer to the Salary Scales for further details.

* Please note that these figures do not include compulsory deductions for taxation; meals, accommodation and utilities (as applicable); or superannuation.

Locations

You may be posted to any of the following Air Force Bases within Australia: Amberley, Richmond, Canberra, Williamtown, Tindal, Townsville or Darwin.

Opportunities also exist for postings to Army and Navy Bases within Australia however these postings are limited and dependent on experience.


Requirements

Age

Applicants must be a minimum of 17 years of age on day of entry. Maximum age on entry is 56 years of age.

Education & Experience

You must:

  • Have a university degree in Pharmacy (BPharm;) or equivalent
  • Have undergone a recognised graduate training year and
  • Be registered by the Pharmacy Registration Board of an Australian State or Territory. Evidence of registration is required.

Medical & Fitness

To be enlisted or appointed, you must be medically and physically fit for entry to your chosen occupation. This is partially assessed from the completion of an extensive questionnaire covering your medical history, followed by a physical examination.

You will also be required to successfully pass a physical fitness test before appointment.

For further details on medical and physical fitness standards refer to Physical Fitness Standards for Entry into the ADF and Medical Process for Entry into the ADF.

Period of Service

When you embark on a career as a Pharmacist through Graduate Entry you'll be appointed for an Initial Minimum Period of Service (IMPS) of three years.

Subsequent periods of service may be offered subject to ADF needs and your suitability for further service. You may tender your resignation at any time provided you do not have an outstanding IMPS obligation and give a minimum of three months notice.

Additional Requirements

Applicants should hold a provisional or full Australian C Class (or equivalent) motor vehicle licence for a vehicle with a manual transmission for 12 months. Applicants should be free of traffic infringements and/or offences that may result in future cancellation of the licence, or prevent the issue of an ADF Drivers Licence.

Aptitude

The application process to join the Australian Defence Force requires you to complete a series of aptitude tests which may include verbal, spatial and numerical ability and a general maths test. Some jobs may also require you to complete additional testing at a later date.

Psychology support staff will explain what is involved with each test.

The aptitude tests provide information about your suitability for the Defence Force and for particular jobs. Defence Force Recruiting can then help you identify jobs that best match your abilities.

Further information on the aptitude testing requirements can be found here.

Citizenship

Only Australian Citizens are permitted to serve in the ADF.

If you are a permanent resident of Australia, the ADF may consider a temporary waiver of the citizenship requirement if the position for which you are applying cannot be filled by an applicant who meets all the citizenship requirements, and then only in exceptional circumstances. You will be required to obtain Australian Citizenship as early as possible following enlistment or appointment.

Find out more in our Citizenship page or ask your local Defence Force Recruiting Centre.

Security Requirements

The Department of Defence requires ADF entrants to attain a security clearance appropriate to their avenue of entry. Details on the security requirements for all Air Force jobs can be found here.

Training

Military Training

Initial Officer Training: 17 Weeks

Immediately upon joining the Air Force, direct entry officers will normally undertake the Initial Officer Course of 17 weeks duration. This is a live-in course completed at RAAF Base East Sale, located 220 kilometres east of Melbourne (VIC).

The major elements of the course involve introduction to military life, Air Force Values and attitudes, Ground Defence and Weapons training, Leadership and Personal Development, Communication Skills and Air Force Operations studies.

Further details on officer training are available on the Officers Training School website or refer to the Joining Instructions.

The information on the website and in the Joining Instructions will provide you and your family with enough information to arrange your personal affairs before appointment in the Air Force and give you an overview of the structure and requirements of the Initial Officer Course.

During Military (Initial Officer) Training and (Initial) Employment Training (if applicable), members may be required to pay a contribution towards meals, accommodation and utilities.

Employment Training

Operational Health Support Course - 1 Week

The Operational Health Support Course is the RAAF course that instructs both Medical and Allied personnel on all aspects of deployable health support and preparation for deployment. It is conducted at Health Operational Conversion Unit (HOCU) at RAAF Base Amberley and runs for a period of one week.

Logistics Officer Initial Course - 9 Weeks

Location: RAAF School of Administration and Logistics Training, RAAF Base Wagga.

During this nine week course, you will receive logistics specialist instruction. This is necessary as you will have broad health logistics responsibilities, which not only entail provision of medications but also equipment management and coordination of other supplies and services necessary to support health units.

During your first year of service you will also be trained in specific pharmacy and stock control computer systems which you will be using in your role as a pharmaceutical officer.Further education and training

As your career progresses the opportunity to undertake further logistic management and planning training will be provided. You can also anticipate the opportunity to gain further professional qualifications through RAAF-supported post-graduate education.

This entry method is currently not recruiting

Key Information

Salary & Allowances

With 4 years to graduation: $29,854 per year ($1,148 per fortnight).*

With 3 years to graduation: $35,282 per year ($1,357 per fortnight).*

With 2 years to graduation: $40,710 per year ($1,566 per fortnight).*

In final year: $46,138 per year ($1,774 per fortnight).*

To assist you in maintaining your uniforms in good order and condition, you will receive a Uniform Allowance of $419 per year ($16 per fortnight). This increases to $682 per year ($26 per fortnight) after commissioning.

Salary (excluding allowances) on completion of military and employment training will be:

$57,807 per year ($2,223 per fortnight).*

In addition to your salary, you will also receive Service Allowance of $13,118 per year ($504 per fortnight) except while undertaking Academic, Military (Initial) or Employment training. This allowance compensates a member for the unique requirements that service life may impose on an individual and his or her family.

Your salary will continue to increase based on your rank and the number of years of service completed in that rank. Your pay grade may increase following the acquisition of additional skills and completion of further training. Refer to the Salary Scales for further details.

Trainees with dependants may be entitled to Trainee's Dependant Allowance which is paid to enable trainees with dependants to receive a salary not less than $43,766 per year ($1,679 per fortnight) while training. Conditions apply. Speak to your Careers Counselor for details.

* Note: These figures do not include compulsory deductions for taxation; meals, accommodation and utilities (as applicable); or superannuation.

Locations

You may be posted to any of the following Air Force Bases within Australia: Amberley, Richmond, Canberra, Williamtown, Tindal, Townsville or Darwin.

Opportunities also exist for postings to Army and Navy Bases within Australia however these postings are limited and dependent on experience.


Requirements

Education & Experience

To be eligible for an Air Force Undergraduate sponsorship, applicants must have completed:

  • Year 12 with passes in English and three other Board of Secondary School Studies registered subjects and
  • the first full year of study (preferably with academic results) of a full-time Pharmacy degree.

You may apply after successfully completing the first semester of your first year of university studies. However, entry will be conditional upon successfully completing your first year of tertiary studies.

After graduating you will be required to complete one year's pre-registration training at an approved pharmacy or pharmacy department and gain registration from the Pharmacy Registration Board of an Australian State or Territory.

This entry mode attracts a debt' roughly similar to the maximum rate of HECS costs ($10,000 per annum). In general terms, this debt accrues (increases) whilst you are undertaking study, with the maximum debt reached on completion of study. Once the period of study has ended, the debt begins to acquit (reduce) for the remainder of your Initial Minimum Period of Service (IMPS). Once the IMPS period is complete, there is no remaining debt.

Medical & Fitness

To be enlisted or appointed, you must be medically and physically fit for entry to your chosen occupation. This is partially assessed from the completion of an extensive questionnaire covering your medical history, followed by a physical examination.

You will also be required to successfully pass a physical fitness test before appointment.

For further details on medical and physical fitness standards refer to Physical Fitness Standards for Entry into the ADF and Medical Process for Entry into the ADF.

Period of Service

You will be appointed for an Initial Minimum Period of Service (IMPS) dependant on your length of sponsorship. Subsequent periods of service may be offered subject to the requirements of the ADF and your suitability for further service. You may tender your resignation at any time provided you do not have an outstanding Initial Minimum Period of Service obligation and provide a minimum of three months notice.

The length of IMPS in total will depend on the duration of sponsorship. Any requirement for post-graduation experience, eg: medical residency, legal articles will be incorporated in your IMPS.

Your Careers Counsellor can advise on how IMPS will relate to your chosen occupation.

Additional Requirements

Applicants should hold a provisional or full Australian C Class (or equivalent) motor vehicle licence for a vehicle with a manual transmission for 12 months. Applicants should be free of traffic infringements and/or offences that may result in future cancellation of the licence, or prevent the issue of an ADF Drivers Licence.

Aptitude

The application process to join the Australian Defence Force requires you to complete a series of aptitude tests which may include verbal, spatial and numerical ability and a general maths test. Some jobs may also require you to complete additional testing at a later date.

Psychology support staff will explain what is involved with each test.

The aptitude tests provide information about your suitability for the Defence Force and for particular jobs. Defence Force Recruiting can then help you identify jobs that best match your abilities.

Further information on the aptitude testing requirements can be found here.

Citizenship

Only Australian Citizens are permitted to serve in the ADF.

If you are a permanent resident of Australia, the ADF may consider a temporary waiver of the citizenship requirement if the position for which you are applying cannot be filled by an applicant who meets all the citizenship requirements, and then only in exceptional circumstances. You will be required to obtain Australian Citizenship as early as possible following enlistment or appointment.

Find out more in our Citizenship page or ask your local Defence Force Recruiting Centre.

Security Requirements

The Department of Defence requires ADF entrants to attain a security clearance appropriate to their avenue of entry. Details on the security requirements for all Air Force jobs can be found here.

Training

Military Training

Initial Officer Training: 1 week + 17 Weeks

During your first year of sponsorship you'll attend a one-week Familiarisation Course at RAAF Base East Sale, VIC. This will introduce you to basic military protocols and procedures.

Then following graduation you'll undertake a 17-week Initial Officer Course to learn about Air Force values and attitudes, and engage in:

  • Ground defence and weapons training
  • Leadership and personal development
  • Communication skills and
  • An introduction to Air Force operations.

For further details on officer training refer to the Joining Instructions. The information in the Joining Instructions will provide you and your family with enough information to arrange your personal affairs before appointment in the Air Force and give you an overview of the structure and requirements of the Initial Officer Course.

During Military (OTS) Training and any subsequent (Initial) Employment Training, members may be required to pay a contribution towards meals, accommodation and utilities.

Employment Training

Operational Health Support Course - 1 Week

The Operational Health Support Course is the RAAF course that instructs both Medical and Allied personnel on all aspects of deployable health support and preparation for deployment. It is conducted at Health Operational Conversion Unit (HOCU) at RAAF Base Amberley and runs for a period of one week.

Logistics Officer Initial Course - 9 Weeks

Location: RAAF School of Administration and Logistics Training, RAAF Base Wagga.

During this nine week course, you will receive logistics specialist instruction. This is necessary as you will have broad health logistics responsibilities, which not only entail provision of medications but also equipment management and coordination of other supplies and services necessary to support health units.

During your first year of service you will also be trained in specific pharmacy and stock control computer systems which you will be using in your role as a pharmaceutical officer.Further education and training

As your career progresses the opportunity to undertake further logistic management and planning training will be provided. You can also anticipate the opportunity to gain further professional qualifications through RAAF-supported post-graduate education.