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Dispensary Technician

In your role as a Dispensary Technicians you would fill and label patients prescriptions under the supervision of a pharmacist.  You would record details of orders for, take stock of, and store medications and medical supplies and deliver them to patients.

Summary of Training

  • Provide and promote services to pharmacy customers
  • Assist customers with prescriptions
  • Assist in dispensing prescriptions
  • Maintain dispensary stock
  • Administer dispensary computer system and claims
  • Work effectively in a community pharmacy
  • Support the supply of Pharmacy Medicines and Pharmacist Only Medicines
  • Use pharmacy practices for infection control
  • Participate in workplace health and safety
  • Assist in managing Pharmacy Medicines and Pharmacist Only Medicines
  • Deliver medicines to customers outside the pharmacy
  • Assist in preparing dose administration aids
  • Assist in preparing extemporaneous prescriptions
  • Coordinate service to residential care facilities

Please note that this Job & Training Description provides an example of the selection of non-core units. Alternative combinations of units may be selected and in some cases prerequisite units may need to be completed. For advice contact Apprenticeship Network providers or an approved Registered Training Organisation.

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Industry Group
Retail, Sales, Marketing & Customer Service

Work Type
Helping & Advising
Persuading & Service

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Commencements Change

The change in Australian Apprenticeships commencements in this overall industry in the past two years. Commencements in 2016: 15440

Source: NCVER Apprentice and trainee collection, 2017, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Graduate Employment

Australian Apprentice graduates from this overall industry in employment (in any industry).

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2017, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Graduate Wage

Average wage of Australian Apprentice graduates from this overall industry employed full-time after training.

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2017, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Industry Growth

Growth in employment in this overall industry in the past 5 years.

Source: Department of Employment, 2017. AATIS analysis.

Industry Size

The number of employees in this overall industry compared with other Australian industries.

Source: Department of Employment, 2017. AATIS analysis.

Industry Wage

Average wage of employees in this overall industry.

Source: Department of Employment, 2017. AATIS analysis.

Availability Information

Dispensary Technician - SIR40216
NSW VIC QLD WA SA TAS ACT NT
Full Time

(Nominal Duration)

24 mths 24 mths 24 mths 48 mths
Part Time
Commencements 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Commencements

Commencement data source: National Apprentices and Trainees collection (June 2017 estimates), NCVER rounded estimates for the 2016 calendar year. Qualifications with no recorded commencements may not appear. This data is for general information purposes only.

Australian School-based Apprenticeships (ASbA)

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