Working at UFS
When you work for UFS you’re working for a not-for-profit organisation whose purpose is to empower more people to live longer, healthier lives. Our staff thrive in a friendly and supportive team environment, working for an organisation that truly cares about your well-being, whilst ensuring you continue to develop and grow throughout your career. The company creates opportunities for training and professional development as well as rewarding employees with attractive staff discounts across all our brands and stores.
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UFS Healthcare is a mutual organisation owned by our members (not by shareholders) with any profits we generate being invested back into the business for the benefit of our members, customers and the community. This means we are keen supporters of a range of initiatives, organisations and community groups in the locations our businesses operate.
UFS operates 19 pharmacies in the western region of Victoria. Our pharmacies are renowned for delivering professional, caring and trusted advice, with exceptional service and a personalised approach.
We operate three medical clinics, located centrally in Ballarat, providing you and your family with a range of healthcare services staffed by an experienced and compassionate team of doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals.
Our award winning day spa in the heart of Ballarat offers an indulgent range of luxurious treatments, including facials, relaxation and pregnancy massage, remedial massage, body treatments and more. P&Q MediSpa offers the very best in anti-ageing solutions delivered by our highly trained female GP.
Just over an hour from Melbourne, Ballarat offers great schools, quality health care, affordable housing and an excellent work life balance! All this with the kind of career opportunities you’d expect in a big city!
Just 75 minutes from Melbourne’s international airport, Ballarat is a thriving regional city with arts, culture, sport and recreation activities coupled with stunning heritage streetscapes and outstanding natural beauty. Short commutes mean you can spend more time doing the things you love while working for an organisation that truly cares about your well-being.
UFS like to support intern pharmacists find their place in the world of pharmacy by placing them in dynamic, challenging and supportive working environments whilst they perfect their skills. The difficulties faced by intern pharmacists can be stressful and often isolating, but our team strive to make your internship year a time of confidence building, growth and learning. Our internship program has been so successful in previous years; we have past interns that now manage some of our most successful pharmacies within the company. Don’t just take our word for it, read on about their journey from pharmacy interns to Pharmacy Managers.
Kirsty began her career at UFS in 2010 when she started her intern year at Wendouree UFS Pharmacy. Under the guidance of her senior pharmacist, she describes her time there as challenging but exciting as she learnt more about the consultation side of pharmacy and management responsibilities of running a dispensary.
After her internship year, Kirsty went on to be a roving pharmacist between the several Ballarat UFS pharmacies, giving her the opportunity to experience different working environments, customers and co-workers. These two years as an early career pharmacist moving between stores was fantastic exposure to the different workloads you can have as a pharmacist depending on the place. She worked in stores where she was the sole pharmacist and had complete control and responsibility of the pharmacy, but also in stores where she shared a busy dispensary with up to 4 other pharmacists. At the end of 2012 she became Deputy Manager of Wendouree UFS Pharmacy and after two invaluable years in that position she took on the challenge as the temporary Pharmacy Manager of Mt Clear UFS Pharmacy. Once the opportunity for growth presented itself, she then moved on to become the Pharmacy Manager at Delacombe UFS Pharmacy – the role she is currently in.
From Malaysia, to Hobart to Ballarat; Pick has come a long way to be the Pharmacy Manager of Doveton St UFS Pharmacy. After completing his studies in Hobart he relocated to Ballarat to start his internship year. He was attracted to the position at UFS because of the good history and culture that surrounded the company. He was interviewed for his position as an intern by the CEO and Chief Pharmacist, which to him indicated how seriously they took it and the invested interest the company had in his development as a pharmacist.
Pick enjoys working in regional pharmacy, as he feels the community rely on their pharmacists more with a shortage of other healthcare professionals. This has meant that his knowledge has increased and his interpersonal skills have improved when it comes to consulting with patients. UFS’ holistic approach to healthcare has meant that Pick has worked collaboratively with GPs, psychologists and physiotherapists to achieve results for his patients.