Ballarat Health Services

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Campuses where pharmacy intern will work: Ballarat Health Services and Queen Elizabeth Campus with possible rotation to Wimmera Health Care Group

Ballarat Health Services (BHS) is the largest regional health service in the Grampians region, employing approximately 4000 staff. It is the principal referral hospital for the region. Ballarat Health Services works to improve the health and wellbeing of its patients, their families and the community.

Ballarat Health Services comprises two campuses which include acute medical and surgical (224 beds), psychiatric services (67 beds), and sub-acute (aged care assessment, palliative care, psycho-geriatric and rehabilitation) (70 beds). The wide ranging and rapidly expanding services available include Emergency and Critical Care, Oncology/Palliative Care, Paediatrics and Neonatology, general and specialty Medical and Surgical services, Maternity and Outpatient clinics.

Ballarat Health Services

Intern program information 

Three intern positions are available at Ballarat Health Services in 2023.

Our structured training program provides interns with a wealth of learning opportunities to achieve their goal of becoming a registered pharmacist.

The program is designed to promote the highest level of clinical pharmacy knowledge, dispensing and manufacturing accuracy and support for the transition from intern to registered pharmacist.

Each intern is assigned a preceptor for their year of training. A preceptor is a pharmacist with experience in mentorship and a passion for teaching and development. Interns are provided with a comprehensive training manual which outlines all the important components of the training year including departmental procedures, roles and responsibilities of interns for each rotation, theory questions to assist with learning during rotations and tutorial questions.

Tutorials are provided regularly on a weekly basis throughout the year and include disease state, drug knowledge and primary health care topics plus extensive exam preparation including quiz sessions, one on one practice exams and take-home questions.

BHS also offers the Monash University Intern Foundation program.

Interns spend time working in all areas of the BHS Pharmacy Department including:        

  • General clinical rotations (including general medicine with insight into Partnered Pharmacist Medication Charting (PPMC) processes, neurology, cardiology, oncology, general surgery, urology, gynaecology, orthopaedics and subacute services (including rehabilitation, geriatrics and palliative care))
  • Specialty clinical rotations including ICU, ED, Paediatrics/Neonatology, Mental Health, ambulatory care outpatient clinic roles (cardiology and renal medicine)
  • Inpatient, outpatient and oncology dispensaries (Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre)
  • Extemporaneous and aseptic manufacturing
  • Medication safety and antimicrobial stewardship

Feedback and goal setting sessions following each rotation encourage interns to progress their learning, self-reflect on practice and plan for continuing professional development opportunities.


Caitlin Yorke, BHS Pharmacy Intern Training Coordinator
Ph: 03 5320 4356

Intern positions in 2023

  • 3 DHHS funded