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Recruitment of dispensers started as early as 1950. This was necessary to address the situation of experienced Hospital Attendant dispensing in many of the hospital dispensary and clinics. But in its formative years, there was an acute shortage of dispensers. Realising such condition, recruitment of dispensers was done at an increasing rate annually.

Their roles and responsibilies have evolves over the years. With the increasing and much improved technologies and advances in the health profession, currently, pharmacy assistant are required to be vastly equipped with knowledge and skills. Their roles have surpassed those of yesteryears where they were merely confined to compounding and mixing medicine. Now they are communicators, they are able to prepare and label medicine accurately, manage inventory, assist pharmacist in dispensing and with the newly opened building in Sarawak General Hospital, they also assist in specialised units such as therapeutic drug monitoring, total parental nutrition and cytotoxic drug reconstitution.

Career Prospects

Upon completion of the course, graduates would be employed as Pharmacy Assistants in the

  • Ministry Of Health: Hospital, health clinics, enforcement (Pharmacy)
  • Private Healthcare

The job of pharmacy assistants would cover a variety work disciplines, ranging from:

  • Labelling
  • Counselling
  • Packing
  • Filling
  • Dispensing
  • Compounding
  • Stock management

Training Institutions

Refers to 

Entry Application

Application forms (Borang SPA 8), booklet and information on job advertised are obtainable from the following addresses:

1. Suruhanjaya Perkhidmatan Awam Malaysia,
    Bahagian Pengurusan,
    Aras 9, Blok C7,
    Pusat Pentadbiran Kerajaan Persekutuan,
    62502 PUTRA JAYA,
    Laman Suruhanjaya Perkhidmatan Awam:

2. Suruhanjaya Perkhidmatan Awam Malaysia,
    Urusetia Cawangan Sabah,
    Tingkat 6, Blok E, Wisma KWSG,
    Jalan Karamunsing,

3. Suruhanjaya Perkhidmatan Awam Malaysia,
    Urusetia Cawangan Sarawak,
    Tingkat 10, Bangunan Sultan Iskandar,
    Jalan Simpang Tiga,

4. All State Public Service Commissions (Suruhanjaya Perkhidmatan Awam Negeri).

5. All State/District Labour Departments (Jabatan) Tenaga Rakyat Negeri/Daerah

Forms can be purchased at RM3.00 using Postal Order that is made payable to the "Setiausaha Suruhanjaya Perkhidmatan Awam Malaysia"


A. Scheme of service: Pharmacy Assistant
B. Grade: U 29
C. Service Scheme Code: 6533
D. Category: Support Group
E. Ministry/Department: Ministry of Health Malaysia
F. Salary Scheme:

  • P1T1 RM1160.69 - P2T27 RM3057.39
  • P2T1 RM1231.78 - P2T27 RM3279.74
  • P3T1 RM1305.89 - P3T27 RM3476.28

G. Conditions for appoinment:

  • Diploma of Pharmacy Assistant from a Ministry of Health Pharmacy School which is certified by the Government or its equivalent [Salary commences on Grade U29: P1T6 RM1493.44]; and
  • Diploma in Pharmacy which is recognised by the Government from Institutions of higher education in Malaysia or its equivalent [Salary commences on Grade U29: P1T6 RM1493.44]; and
  • Pass in Bahasa Malaysia (including a pass in the the Oral Examination) at the SPM level or its equivalent, approved and recognised by the Government.

Job Description

  • Prepare and label name of medicine
  • Stock management
  • Dispensing and counselling
  • Assisting Pharmacist in Therapeutic Drug Monitoring, Total Parenteral Nutrition and cytotoxic drug reconstituition.

Career Advancement

From time-to-time the Ministry of Health Malaysia, and other relevant agencies, would hold short and long-term in-service courses aimed at upgrading and strengthening knowledge and skills in the field of Pharmacy and other related fields.

Further Information

For further information please contact:

Persatuan Pembantu Farmasi Malaysia (

Jabatan Farmasi, Hospital USM
Kubang Kerian,
16150 Kota Bharu
Kelantan, Malaysia

Telephone No: 09-7664675, 013-9060880, 09-7654567

Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia (
Blok E1, E6, E7, E10 Kompleks E,
Pusat Pentadbiran Kesihatan Persekutuan,
62590, Putrajaya

Telephone No: 603-88833888  

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