Early career pharmacists

Hospital pharmacy – your pathway to possibilities

Pharmacists play a key role in providing evidence-based health care and promoting health awareness. Hospital pharmacy allows you to make the strongest impact on patient care through expanding and emerging clinical roles, while leading practice change.

Hospital Pharmacists are increasingly embedded in supportive clinical teams, enabling you to collaborate with other health professionals in general medicine or across specialties such as surgery, oncology or clinical trials.

Find out how SHPA can help you with pathway to possibilities with our SHPA student brochure.

Start your hospital pharmacy career

SHPA defines an 'early career pharmacist' as someone who has 10 or less years' experience as a practising pharmacist.

You can become a hospital pharmacist at any time, without the need to a complete a hospital internship or additional qualifications. Hospital pharmacy is competitive, but early experience in the hospital environment can give you an edge. 

Be supported and stand out from the crowd

Being an SHPA member during your foundation years gives you the strongest base for your start in hospital pharmacy, providing you with the support, resources and programs you need to drive your career every step of the way:

Visit the Pharmacy Board of Australia for information about becoming a registered pharmacist in Australia or to apply for Provisional or General Registration.