Campuses where pharmacy interns will work: Based at Grampians Health Ballarat (Base Hospital and Queen Elizabeth Campus)
Also includes 6-8 week rotation to Grampians Health Horsham and potential rotation to Grampians Health Stawell.
Grampians Health has brought together Edenhope and District Memorial Hospital, Stawell Regional Health, Wimmera Health Care Group and Ballarat Health Services to deliver safe, sustainable, healthcare tailored to changing workforce and community needs, for the long term. This partnership follows years of strong collaboration and close partnerships between the four health services. Together, we will deliver better healthcare, enhance services and advance careers, closer to home, now and into the future.
Grampians Health Ballarat (GH-B) is the largest regional health service in the Grampians region, and as such is, it is the principal referral hospital for the region, which extends from Bacchus Marsh to the South Australian border; an area of 48,000 square kilometres. Grampians Health Ballarat works to improve the health and wellbeing of its patients, their families and the community.
Grampians Health Ballarat comprises two campuses which include acute medical and surgical (224 beds), psychiatric services (67 beds), aged care assessment, palliative care, psycho-geriatric and rehabilitation (70 beds). The wide range of services available includes Emergency, Oncology/Palliative Care, Paediatrics and Neonatology, general and specialty Medical and Surgical services, Maternity and Outpatient clinics, Hospital in the Home and a broad range of community care strategies such as vaccination programs and outpatient clinics.
Grampians Health Horsham and Dimboola hospitals comprise: a 90 bed hospital: Emergency department, Operating Theatre, acute medical and surgical beds, obstetric and maternity beds, paediatric beds, and sub acute beds. With an Oncology/dialysis and palliative care department servicing many patients of the Western Victorian State.
Intern program information
SIX intern positions are available in 2024 (government-funded)
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 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. Tutorials are attended virtually when interns are on regional rotations. In addition, interns are provided with extensive exam preparation including quiz sessions, one on one practice exams and take-home questions.
Grampians Health Ballarat and Grampians Health Horsham are Monash University Intern Foundation Program (IFP) credentialed workplaces.
Interns spend time working in all areas of the GH-B Pharmacy Department including;
- General clinical rotations (including general medicine, 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
- Cardiology and renal ambulatory care outpatient clinics
- Inpatient, outpatient and oncology dispensaries (Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre)
- Extemporaneous and aseptic manufacturing
- Medication safety, Antimicrobial Stewardship & Hospital Admissions Risk Program (HARP)
- Elective rotations to other services including dialysis, mental health, clinical trials, BHS at Home (hospital in the home) and medication guidelines and smart pumps
Individual 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.
Raveena Chadha (Education Pharmacist – Grampians Health Ballarat)
Ph: 03 5320 4356
Intern positions in 2024
- 6 DHHS funded