Physician, Outpatient Withdrawal Management Services

Date: May 19, 2022

Location: Lunenburg, NS, CA, B4V 0A1

Company: Nova Scotia Health and IWK Health

About This Opportunity

The Mental Health and Addictions Program (MHAP) is seeking a physician to work, within a collaborative inter-professional clinical team, providing evidence-informed withdrawal management and related mental health and addictions care in an outpatient withdrawal management setting. The Physician(s) will work one day a week (4 hours).  Workhours will be Thursdays onsite between 8:00 am-12:00pm, with the potential to expand to other days and times.  Workday can be shared among multiple physicians.
Application Requirement:  Please submit via email your expression of interest and CV outlining your experience in relation to the accountabilities for the position to Dr. David Martell, Physician Lead for Addiction Medicine, at 
Compensation:  Based on GP sessional rate of $157.80/hr.  


Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • 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 one half day per week.
  • workhours will be Thursdays onsite between 8:00 am-12:00 pm.  
  • potential to expand to other days and times.
  • Workday can be shared among multiple phsycians.


•    Clinical experience in practicing addiction medicine is an asset;  
•    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

Lunenburg is a most desirable community for a wide range of individuals. Here, you live in a peaceful place where the air is fresh, the climate is moderate, and where all modern amenities exist – always amidst natural breathtaking beauty. It is a tourist hub during the summer months as it is rich with heritage and vibrant activity. All year-round, residents enjoy the diverse local shops, working waterfront, and farmers markets that are never more than a few minutes away.

Lunenburg is steeped in art, music, and culture. There is an abundance of opportunity to take part in community groups like an active heritage society, book clubs, and writing clubs. The town boasts some of the finest restaurants in the Maritimes, yet you will likely find that favourite little coffee shop or pub to meet with friends and family. Art galleries are found on almost every street and live theatre or musical event is never far away. Lunenburg attracts festivals every year like Folk Harbour Music Festival, Festival of Crafts, and Folk Art Festival

Lunenburg is an amazing town to raise a family with a new P - 9 school featuring french immersion progams, it is a safe community with great neighbors.  Recreation is abundant. Tennis courts, a golf course, a curling rink, yacht club, bowling alley, swimming pool, and a community centre overflow with stimulating activities. As a port town, you will often find yourself on well-groomed hiking trails that overlook the ocean.  From anywhere in town, the hospital is only a few minutes away. Lunenburg is also only 20 minutes away from the Town of Bridgewater, an active community which contains "big box" shopping, multiplex theatre, and South Shore Regional Hospital. Build the life and career you want in Lunenburg, starting with this video: Practice Here Now


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