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Opportunity ID:
Aberdeen Hospital
New Glasgow, Nova Scotia

Requisition ID: 117381 

Opportunity Type: Permanent 

Estimated Annual Salary: 50,000-100,000 

Type of Remuneration: Other 


About This Opportunity

The Mental Health and Addiction Program (MHAP) is seeking physicians to work, within a collaborative inter-professional clinical team, providing evidence-informed withdrawal management and related mental health and addiction care in a withdrawal management outpatient unit.


The Physician(s) Withdrawal Management Services works collaboratively with the clinical team to:

  • assess and manage substance use/gambling disorder(s);
  • work with the clinical team to initiate and monitor withdrawal management protocols;
  • assess and manage other medical disorders as indicated;
  • conduct risk assessments and interventions for suicide, self/harm or harm to others;
  • develop and implement comprehensive care and discharge plans in collaboration with the client, clinical team, and family;
  • facilitate transitions of care across a variety of settings;
  • provide trauma-informed and culturally safe care;
  • provide basic therapeutic interventions, including motivational interviewing and brief counselling interventions;
  • participate in regularly scheduled inter-professional team case conferences to support client care planning;
  • maintain timely, clear, and accurate health records in adherence to Nova Scotia Health documentation policies

Expected Hours

  • The Physician Withdrawal Management Services may work up to a total of 10 hrs./week.  
  • It may be possible to divide these hours between 2 or more physicians
  • Priority Hours are Monday-Wednesday mornings up to 2 hours (Thursday and Friday hours are available but optional).
  • No on-call hours required.

Remuneration is hourly rate plus evening, weekend and on-call payment.



  • Experience in clinical leadership is an asset;
  • Experience practicing addiction medicine in a variety of clinical settings is an asset; 
  • If no clinical experience in medical withdrawal management, training and mentoring opportunities are available for those with limited or no clinical experience in this setting 
  • Experience working within or collaboratively with a complex system environment is an asset

Ideal Candidate has:

  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the Mental Health and Addictions Program and its services;
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the provincial Withdrawal Management Service Delivery Model Continuum;
  • Demonstrated well-developed clinical judgement, skills and experience, in particular related to substance use and concurrent disorders;
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain collaborative working relationships and partnerships with coworkers and partners;
  • Demonstrated ability to engage, encourage and support clinical staff to foster knowledge mobilization and embed change to practice;
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication and critical problem-solving skills

Community Details

Established in 1835, the historical Town of New Glasgow is located Pictou County. Overlooking the banks of the East River of Pictou. New Glasgow is at the centre of the province's fourth largest urban area and home to the Aberdeen Hospital. 

Comprised of the five towns of Pictou County, Pictou, Trenton, Stellarton, Westville, and Pictou Landing First Nation. Pictou County is ideally situated along the Northumberland Strait. You’ll find a welcoming community with hard-working and down-to-earth people, enjoying a balanced lifestyle. Just minutes from beautiful beaches, join us and fill your lungs with salty sea air, and enjoy the urban-rural mix that Pictou County has to offer. In your practice, enjoy a collegial atmosphere with access to the tools you need to do your job.
Rich in culture, entertainment, and history, come and build the fast- or slow-paced life you desire in Healthy Pictou County.

Physicians in Nova Scotia provide fulfilling patient care which embraces family life, professional development and community involvement. That's what makes practicing medicine in Nova Scotia unique. Physicians are increasingly attracted to practices that offer team-based care to their patients and allow them to consult with their peers. The size and scale of Nova Scotia allows for better connections across the health care system. Your practice of medicine and your life is richer here. Nova Scotia is more than medicine. 


Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) is committed to being a workforce that is free of discrimination, values diversity and is representative, at all job levels, of the people we serve. Our priority groups are Aboriginal People, African Nova Scotians, Persons with Disabilities and Recent Immigrants. Members of these groups are welcome to apply and self-identify if they wish to be considered under our Employment Equity policy.


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