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Senior Pharmacy Assistant

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A Senior Pharmacy Assistant provides customers with pharmacy products to help them with common health conditions and illnesses.

Good listening skills & an interest in helping people.


Role Description:

  • A Senior Pharmacy Assistant provides customers with pharmacy products to help them with common health conditions and illnesses. They work under the supervision of a pharmacist.

    Some medicines are only available in pharmacies, and need to be supplied to customers in line with national as well as state or territory laws.

    You might be involved in marketing, promotions and stock control. You could also broaden your knowledge to assist customers with complementary medicines such as vitamins, and asthma management.

Where you might work:

  • You can work in a community pharmacy. These are the pharmacies you might find at your local shopping centre or near a doctor’s (general practice) clinic.

Personal attributes:

  • You should have good listening skills and an interest in helping people who might be unwell. You will need to be able to work both independently and as part of a team. You may also need to be able to build customer loyalty.

    There is an age requirement to work in a pharmacy – The Queensland Health (Drugs and Poisons) Regulation 1996 stipulates that pharmacy assistant employees must be 16 years of age or more to be authorised to sell Pharmacy Only Medicines.

Salary:

  • Middle of the range starting salary in Australia: $55,000
    (Reference: National Centre for Vocational Education Research, 2018.)


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