As a Pharmacist in the New Zealand Army, you will be able to take your existing skills to the next level. The comprehensive training you will receive as an officer will allow you to lead teams of people, in all kinds of situations.
- SpecialisationMedical and Health
- Starting Salary$68,405
About the role
As a Pharmacist in the New Zealand Army, you will be able to take your existing skills to the next level. The comprehensive training you will receive as an Officer will allow you to lead teams of people, in all kinds of situations.
You will be taught how to handle weapons, and receive adventure and outdoor training.
If you have referred to the minimum entry requirements below, but would like more information on this role please email email@example.com
Job on base
You will form an integral part of the health team in providing pharmaceutical advice on scales of deployment, appropriateness of selected treatments, medicines information and ensuring legal compliance.
You will have a number of responsibilities including:
- Monitoring the control of all medicines & medical consumables (Class Eight Stores)
- Ensuring accurate, safe and effective dispensing of medicines with the NZ Army
- Review operational scales of deployment
- Guiding health personnel in the selection, dose and treatment duration of medicines supplied
- Providing on the job and formal training for medical and logistical personnel
- Improving patient compliance and therapeutic outcomes of medicines treatment
Job on deployment
Pharmacists have the opportunity to deploy overseas and in the past have done so in order to undertake pharmaceutical audits and ensure legal compliance.
Career progression and training
Initial Induction Training (IIT) – Jan/Mar
(8 weeks) Location: Waiouru Military Camp
All direct entry NZ Army Officer Cadets and selected individuals are required to complete IIT. This full-time course will introduce potential officers to the standards and discipline required to be an effective member of the New Zealand Army. It is designed to train basic individual military skills which includes:
- Physical Training
- Military Unarmed Combat
- Weapon handling
- Radio telephone procedure
Individuals wishing to conduct IIT need to be motivated, adaptable, resilient, physically fit and have a desire to be an effective leader within the New Zealand Defence Force.
Specialist Officer Induction Course (SOIC) – Mar/Apr
(6 weeks) Location: Waiouru Military Camp
This course is designed for personnel who are employed by the New Zealand Army for their specialist skills. Specialist officers are required to complete this course in their first year of employment. Those enlisting into the Territorial Force will have the option of completing the course in two modules in consecutive years. Students will learn how to utilise ad integrate their specialist skills within the context of the New Zealand Army. This course provides an introduction to the military skills required of Specialist Officers which includes:
- Basic field-craft
- Weapon handling
- NZ Army Ethos and Values
- NZ Army tactics
There are opportunities to further your professional development and tertiary study.
After initial employment and training the NZ Army will provide funding and study leave for Pharmacists to complete further professional study for a number of different courses including post graduate clinical doctorates and diplomas.
Further training and education is provided throughout your career to complete further professional studies. There are various opportunities including:
- PG Diploma / Masters in Clinical Pharmacy
- PG Diploma in Travel Medicine
- Support may be given for any PG study if it is relevant to your job.
- Attendance at pharmacy conferences is encouraged
As a Pharmacist in the NZ Army, you will receive comprehensive training to allow you to effectively lead teams, in all kinds of situations. You will be taught how to handle weapons, and receive adventure and outdoor training. There are also opportunities to further your professional development and the possibility of further tertiary study.
Salary and benefits
Careers in the Army are well-rewarded, diverse and exciting. As you become more experienced and move up through the ranks, gaining additional skills and qualifications, your salary will rise accordingly.
Benefits and allowances
There are many additional benefits to being in the Defence Force, that will make your money go further.
For example, on top of your basic salary you can expect ‘Military Factor’. This provides you with significant extra financial rewards because of the commitment you’ve made to serve your country.
Free medical and dental
Access to subsidised equipment on base
Subsidised food on base
Competitive superannuation, up to 4% with KiwiSaver
Sponsored tertiary study programmes at all levels
Fitness and Medical
Period of Service
- You must be at least 17 years of age.
- Meet the citizenship and security requirements to gain SV security clearance for this trade.
- You are required to be a registered pharmacist with a current Annual Practising Certificate issued by the Pharmacy Council of New Zealand.
- Ideally have two years post graduate experience.
- You must be medically fit for service.
- Colour perception restrictions may apply.
There are strict citizenship and security requirements to gain the required SV security clearance for this trade.
Find out if you’re eligible here.
There may be a return of service period for this trade.
Please contact our 0800 number or talk to your Candidate Experience Facilitator for more information.
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