Peninsula Health

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Peninsula Health is a major teaching facility associated with major Victorian Universities. The Acute hospitals have a total of 591-beds at Frankston and Rosebud. Specialties include Medicine, Surgery, Emergency Medicine, ICU and Thoracic Medicine, Anaesthesia, Pathology, Psychiatry, Geriatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatric, Oncology, Haematology, Neurology, Renal Dialysis, Vascular, Gastroenterology, Infectious Diseases, and Cardiology. Frankston Hospital is closer than you think, located 45 minutes from Camberwell, Doncaster and Ringwood and you travel against the traffic.

In addition to general dispensing and clinical ward pharmacy services, Peninsula Health also provides the following services: Clinical Drug Trials, Sterile Preparations, Oncology services, Therapeutic Drug Monitoring, Drug Utilisation Review, Antimicrobial Stewardship, Quality Use of Medicines and Medication Safety and in-service education for Medical and Nursing Staff.

The department has dedicated senior education pharmacists who support interns during their training program and oversee the Intern Training Program (ITP) and Intern Foundation Program (IFP). At the end of the internship, there is an opportunity for a further 24-month SHPA accredited pharmacy foundation residency program.

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Intern program information

Job description:  Pharmacy interns – Full-time (12 months contract)

Salary: Victorian Public Health Sector (Medical Scientists, Pharmacists & Psychologists) Enterprise Agreement 2017–21, plus superannuation contribution.

 About the Pharmacy Intern Training Program

There are four government-funded intern positions available at Peninsula Health in 2023. Interns have a three-weekly roster with 6 week orientation followed by 9 weeks core experience in operations, medical and surgical areas. Clinical skills and knowledge build during the 20 week breadth rotations in a variety of clinical areas (respiratory, cardiology, psychiatry, gastroenterology, neurology, emergency department). Shorter additional experiences include infectious diseases, antimicrobial stewardship, intensive care, theatres, perioperative care and an in-depth case review and patient home visit with community care pharmacy team. The final 12 weeks include work-ready experience with increasing responsibility and autonomy in surgery, medicine and dispensary. The intern program at Peninsula Health is 80% clinically focussed.

Pharmacy interns work mainly at Frankston Hospital with a rotation under Quality Use of Medicine program at campuses (The Mornington Centre, Golf Links Road and Rosebud Hospital). Interns are encouraged to be involved in patient care, pharmacy interventions and to liaise with medical, nursing staff and external pharmacies and nursing homes. Dispensary rotation provides interns the opportunity to develop skills in outpatient counselling, dispensing and responding to drug information enquiries. In addition, interns further develop their skills in extemporaneous manufacturing for both inpatients and outpatients. Across all experiences, interns will utilise Peninsula Health’s Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system and manage medications through our Electronic Medication Management (EMM) system. Research project development, ethics application and support is provided by research supervisors.

Selection criteria

Our preferred candidates are tertiary pharmacy students in Victoria who are looking for a career in hospital. All applicants are obliged to complete the immunisation requirements for tertiary health students, current Police Check and Working with Children Check. Applicants must be Australian Citizens or hold a permanent residency in Australia to qualify for government funded positions.

Benefits and assistance offered

Tax effective salary packaging; onsite parking; medical library within the hospital.


Intern positions in 2023

  • 4 positions (DHHS funded)

Other Resources

Intern Program FAQ

Intern Position Description