Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Before the introduction of the Emergency Locum Service (ELS), pharmacies in rural and remote areas who could not source a locum pharmacist in the event that the Pharmacist owner experienced an unforeseen emergency such as sickness or accident, could be forced to close. The ELS was created to provide support to these pharmacies by aiming to place a locum in any location in Australia within 24 hours.
By registering as an Emergency Locum Pharmacist, you are helping fellow pharmacists cope when an emergency occurs, as well as helping the community by allowing the pharmacy to stay open and dispense vital medication.
If you have registered your interest, our Recruitment Consultants will contact you with suitable opportunities as they arise.
Emergency locum placements are for a minimum of one day and a maximum of seven consecutive days.
In the event that a pharmacist is:
isolating themselves at home on the advice of a medical practitioner, for confirmed COVID-19; or
meeting the current national triage protocol criteria for suspected COVID-19 infection after consultation with either the national COVID-19 hotline, state COVID-19 hotlines, a registered medical or nursing practitioner or COVID-19 trained health clinic triage staff;
the maximum placement duration is extended to fourteen consecutive days.
It is impossible to predict when an emergency arises. The Program aims to have a pharmacist in a Pharmacy within 24 hours of the emergency request being made. As such, we will provide you with as much notice as possible.
The standard locum Pharmacist pay rate in an emergency is $65/hour plus superannuation (Monday-Sunday) and $85/hour plus superannuation (Public Holidays), as required and amended from time to time.
The Pharmacy will make arrangements to pay you directly, either via your ABN or as a casual employee.
Raven's Recruitment in association with Suzanne Watson at MTA Travel (our preferred partner), will organise all transportation requirements between the locum's home and the Pharmacy location. That means, if you need a flight, a train and / or a hire car to get to that pharmacy, we and our travel partners will organise it all. The cost of travel is paid for by the ELS program up to $2,500 + GST.
What you need to provide:
Photo identification - to facilitate flight booking using an E-ticket.
A credit card - just in case you need to get a hire car and have to leave a credit card imprint as a guarantee (this is standard practice).
Receipts - remember to keep receipts for any out of pocket travel expenses you incur, we can only reimburse you on presentation of a valid invoice or receipt (i.e., if you take an airport shuttle to the airport).
The Pharmacy will provide you with suitable accommodation for the duration of your stay. Accommodation needs to be of a reasonable standard, e.g. a self-contained unit or hotel / motel / guesthouse.
Do you have questions not answered here? Be sure to contact us, we'd be happy to help!