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Dispensary Assistant

Prepare medications and support the day to day operations of a pharmacy

What's it like to be a Dispensary Assistant?

Dispensary Assistants assist Pharmacists with preparing medications for customers, advising customers on safe and effective use of medicines, and supporting the running of the pharmacy. Dispensary Assistants work under the direct supervision of a Pharmacist to ensure medicines are dispensed legally and safely.

Dispensary Assistant

Tasks and duties

  • Preparing medications for customers.
  • If supplying hospitals, filling stock orders for delivery.
  • Creating medicinal compounds.
  • Referring complex prescriptions and compounding requests to Pharmacists.
  • Attaching dispensation and cautionary labels to medicines.
  • Entering customer or patient details into computer for records and labels.
  • Carrying out customer service duties, including answering questions, giving advice on products and educating about common health conditions.
  • Operating a point-of-sale terminal and EFTPOS machine.
  • Cash handling.
  • Managing stock inventory.

What can I earn as a Dispensary Assistant?

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The most common annual salary in AUS for a Dispensary Assistant is between $45k and $55k

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How to become a Dispensary Assistant


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You don’t need formal qualifications to work as a Dispensary Assistant, but they may be advantageous when seeking employment.

  1. Gain on-the-job experience under the guidance of a Pharmacist or Senior Dispensary Assistant.
  2. Consider completing a Certificate II In Community Pharmacy (SIR20116) at TAFE.
  3. Earn a Certificate III in Hospital/Health Services Pharmacy Support (HLT37115) in order to provide general dispensation support in pharmacies, as well as training to be able to provide service to hospital business partners.
  4. While you work as a Dispensary Assistant you can also consider training to be a Pharmacist in the longer term by completing a Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours).

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How do Dispensary Assistants rate their role?

Latest reviews from 5 Dispensary Assistants surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
4.2
Job satisfaction
3.8
Career progression opportunities
2.6
Job security
3.8
Pay / Salary
2.8
Variety of work
3.6

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Aug 2019
Dispensary assistant is an enjoyable and rewarding job but poorly paid
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate lll in pharmacy and dispensary
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Dispensary assistant
The good things
I like the fact that i deal with the public and can help them with their problems. There are many different tasks that require me to use the training which I have received over the years
The challenges
There is a lot of training which I enjoy but I don’t think the wage comes close to to reflecting our knowledge and responsibilities The job required you to stand on your feet all day
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Aug 2019
Minor Health Upsets
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Counselling
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
dispensing
The good things
What's motivated about the position is that skills and qualifications are purposely challenged in your every day job until you have experienced in your trade. Not only that you've got a health care pr...
The challenges
As mentioned before that you are dealing with sick customers, and that's because they need help in battling their health. Everyone seems to lose a bit of cool sometimes, and that's okay, because at th...
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What are the job opportunities for Dispensary Assistants?

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Projected job growthAlert

National increase over next 5 years *
11.8%
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