Family Physician (Opioid Treatment & Recovery Program): Truro

Calling Nova Scotia home means ocean views, active living and welcoming communities. Practicing here means working with passionate colleagues, providing world class care, and helping people be healthy and stay healthy, for generations. The Nova Scotia Health Authority provides health services to Nova Scotians and some specialized services to Atlantic Canadians. We operate hospitals, health centres and collaborative community-based programs across the province.

The Northern Zone is supported by three regional facilities, as well as a number of community hospitals and health centres. Specialty services are distributed among the three regional hospitals located in Truro, New Glasgow and Amherst. The Zone is located in the hub of Nova Scotia where all roads meet in the middle of the province. This is the part of the province where people come to play on the shores of the Northumberland Strait that offer the best beachcombing and warmest swimming in the Province. This area is also home to a large fresh seafood industry and rolling wine country, and the quaint town of Tatamagouche. Truro is home to industry and a modern town located on the famous Bay of Fundy and a short drive to the Five Islands Provincial Park with beautiful shores of red clay and fossil finds. The Zone is also home to Ski Wentworth, one of the ski resorts in the province and Fox Harb’r the legendary golf course enjoyed by celebrities from all over. Quick access to New Brunswick and PEI make this location a small town charm with regional access to the larger centres of Halifax and Moncton in less than 2 hours.

The Northern Zone Opioid Treatment and Recovery Program is seeking a family physician with opioid agonist treatment (methadone and buprenorphine/naloxone) prescribing capacity to cover weekly clinics, 6 hours in Truro and 3 hours in Pictou.  The interdisciplinary team consists of several physicians, 3 registered nurse rehabilitation counselors, licensed practical nurse, community outreach worker and administrative assistant.

The program operates Monday to Friday 8:30-16:30 out of a community based leased office at 733c Prince Street, Truro. The Opiate Treatment and Recovery Program is a component of Mental Health and Addictions, Northern Zone reporting through a program manager to the Director of Mental Health and Addictions for the Northern Zone, NSHA.  The team provides an outpatient service which includes team interdisciplinary assessments and facilitates opioid agonist therapies and recovery support. This is a unique opportunity to work alongside allied health professionals to improve medical management of individuals with opioid use disorder.  

Candidates must be eligible for licensure with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia and have their CCFP designation. Candidates must have or be willing to obtain a Health Canada exemption for methadone for dependency which requires successful completion of the Opioid Dependence Treatment Core Course through CAMH and one day of clinical training with a MMT physician approved by the CPSNS.

Interested candidates may submit a copy of their CV to:
Shirley Symes
Physician Recruitment Consultant
Office: 902-661-4865
Cell: 902-664-7197