EOIs Ending Soon for Brisbane and Gold Coast Pharmacy Assistant Course

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Queensland Branch, encourages eligible jobseekers living in Brisbane and the Gold Coast areas to submit an expression of interest to undertake training supported by the Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative fully funded by the Queensland Government and become a qualified Pharmacy Assistant.

Pharmacy Guild of Australia Queensland Branch President Chris Owen said admission begins Monday, June 27, 2022 and encouraged those interested to apply as soon as possible.

“Successful graduates will receive a SIR20116 II Certificate in Community Pharmacy and will have the skills and knowledge to work within Queensland’s network of nearly 1,200 community pharmacies and meet the needs of Queensland patients,” said Mr. owen.

“So far, over 100 Queenslanders have taken the course over the past 12 months,” said Mr Owen, “Many graduates of the course are now working in community pharmacies across Queensland with 85% of the Gold Coast and 80% of Brisbane’s previous course graduates successfully gain employment.

“South East and West Brisbane unemployment rates are 6.3%2 and 6.6%3 respectively, well above the state average of 4.5%1” , Mr. Owen said.

“Through the Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative, we are delighted to be able to offer residents the opportunity to upskill, have potential employment and join the respected profession of pharmacy,” said Mr Owen.

“Graduates of the course report positive job satisfaction after starting work in a community pharmacy, particularly in terms of their ability to support the local community and their health care needs.”

Dianne Grayson successfully completed the Brisbane course in October 2021 and secured employment in a community pharmacy after graduation.

“One morning I heard an ABC radio interview with Chris Owen talking about a pharmacy assistant course,” Ms. Grayson said, “I know Queenslanders see pharmacies as a vital part of the community.”

“I thought it would be a great career, helping people and working in the healthcare industry, so I applied,” Ms Grayson said.

Dianne initially found herself unemployed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and was looking for a new role.

“Having me retire from my career has been very difficult to deal with and presented many challenges,” Ms Grayson said.

“If you are considering expressing your interest, do not wait! I am so grateful that I took a chance on enrolling in the course to start my community pharmacy career. I love every aspect of my new role!

“With only 14 places per course and a lot of interest in previous cohorts of the program, places in Brisbane and Gold Coast are filling up fast.

The course is a seven-week face-to-face course, COVID-Safe. It includes 10 days of work placement in a community pharmacy where participants can put their learning into action and gain hands-on experience.

Interested Queenslanders are encouraged to complete their expression of interest as soon as possible via the website: www.guild.org.au/cws.

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