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Opportunity ID:
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada

Requisition ID: 153757 

Opportunity Type: Permanent 

Estimated Annual Salary: 150,000 - 200,000 

Type of Remuneration: APP- Alternative Payment Plan 

Site Visit & Reallocation Allowance Programs: Relocation Program; Site Visit Program 

For information and to determine eligibility for Department of Health and Wellness Incentives, please contact

About This Opportunity

The Mental Health and Addiction Program (MHAP) is seeking a 0.7 FTE Physician to work within a collaborative inter-professional clinical team, providing evidence-informed withdrawal management and related mental health and addiction care in an outpatient withdrawal management setting. Please note, the FTE can be shared among more than one Physician.

Application Requirement: Please submit via email your expression of interest and CV outlining your experience in relation to the accountabilities for the position to Lisa Andrusyk, Physician Recruitment Consultant, at

Compensation: Alternative Payment Plan (APP) with an annual salary of $278,099, prorated to reflect a 0.7 FTE.

If the successful candidate is from outside the local area, travel and accommodations reimbursement can be explored as needed.

This position will be located at:

Simpson Landing-Nova Scotia Hospital
304 Pleasant Street
Dartmouth, NS
B2Y 2M7


  • Assess and manage substance use disorder(s); 
  • Work with the clinical team to initiate and monitor withdrawal management protocols;
  • Assess and manage other medical and psychiatric disorders as indicated;
  • Conduct risk assessments and interventions for suicide, self/harm or harm to others;
  • Develop and implement care and discharge plans in collaboration with the client, clinical team, and family;
  • Support the facilitation transitions of care across a variety of settings;
  • Provide trauma-informed and culturally safe care;
  • Provide brief interventions related to substance use and concurrent disorders;
  • Maintain timely, clear, and accurate health records in adherence to Nova Scotia Health documentation policies.

Expected Hours

  • The Physician(s) will work a total of 26.25 hrs per week (for a 0.7 FTE).
  • Work hours will be Monday-Friday onsite between the hours of 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.
  • There may be an opportunity to provide virtual care, which can be explored with further discussion with Dr. Martell.


  • ​​​​Current medical license issued by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia (CPSNS);
  • Current certification in addiction medicine through one of the following professional organizations: 1) the College of Family Physicians Canada (CFPC) Certificate of Added Competence (CAC) for Addiction Medicine (AM); 2) American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM) certification; or 3) International Society of Addiction Medicine (iSAM) certification is an asset;
  • Must hold, or be willing to obtain, active credentials and privileges with NSHA;
  • Must maintain liability insurance through the Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA)
  • Clinical experience in practicing addiction medicine is an asset, but not a requirement
  • Experience working in a medical withdrawal management service 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.

Community Details

Dartmouth is a great place for getting outside and appreciating its natural beauty on land and water. In addition to its green spaces, the City of Lakes boasts 23 lakes that provide opportunities for kayaking, windsurfing, canoeing and swimming. Lake Banook is a world-class paddling course, where regattas are often held. The city features many parks and walking trails and easy access to the unspoiled coastal beauty of the Eastern Shore. The urban centre across the harbour from downtown Halifax offers visitors everything from family restaurants, global cuisine, breweries and brewpubs, Celtic pubs, and romantic bistros to traditional bakeries and fish & chip shops. On Saturdays, the Alderney Landing Farmers' Market provides marketgoers with an amazing selection of baked goods, ethnic dishes, and more.

Known affectionately as the City of Lakes, Dartmouth sits across the harbour from Halifax, sharing its urban energy and cosmopolitan feel but with a charm all its own.

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.


Next Steps...

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Recruitment Process

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Central Zone: Halifax, Eastern Shore, and Windsor-West Hants

From the modern yet historic city of Halifax, to the rugged and wild Eastern Shore, this region of Nova Scotia is a compelling study of contrasts. The largest city east of Montreal, Halifax is the cosmopolitan centre, bursting with restaurants, shopping, entertainment, and nightlife. But just a short drive (or bike ride) out of the city, the allure of nature envelopes you. Imagine dinner and the theatre at night, surfing and hiking the next morning.