Addiction Medicine - Yarmouth Recovery Support Centre

Date: Jul 11, 2024

Location: Yarmouth, NS, CA, B5A 0A1

Company: Nova Scotia Health and IWK Health

Requisition ID: 154343 

Opportunity Type: Permanent 

Estimated Annual Salary: 365,000 

Type of Remuneration: LFM - Longitudinal Family Medicine 

Site Visit & Reallocation Allowance Programs: Site Visit Program; Relocation 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) located at the Yarmouth Recovery Support Centre at Yarmouth Regional Hospital in Yarmouth is seeking a part-time 0.5 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. The Consultant would provide telephone consultative support to primary care physicians and nurse practitioners, emergency department physicians, community pharmacists and acute care inpatient physicians in recognizing and managing substance use disorders. 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. Learn more about the Nova Scotia Health Recovery Support Centres.


Application Requirement:  Please submit via email your expression of interest and CV outlining your experience in relation to the accountabilities for the position to Patti Smith, Physician Recruitment Consultant for the Western Zone, via email 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 MHAP Addition Medicine Consult Service will operate Monday to Friday from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.  




  • 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

Yarmouth is located at the southwestern most tip of Nova Scotia serving a population of approximately 60,000 in three counties. Affordable housing is available on stunning ocean and lake-frontage properties. Yarmouth is the recreational, entertainment and shopping hub of the southwest area. There is so much to enjoy about the Southwestern end of Nova Scotia, including a unique and storied Acadian French history and beaches that take your breath away! Yarmouth is also connected to the United States through an international ferry service in the summer months. Our enviable combination of urban amenities and rural natural beauty offers an excellent quality of life for the people that live here. Nova Scotia offers the medical professional opportunities found in larger cities while maintaining a work-life balance in livable, walkable, and affordable communities. Yarmouth also is a Dalhousie Family Medicine residency site, so there are teaching opportunities as well.


For more details on living and practicing in Yarmouth, please watch Why Practice in South West Nova Scotia and Edge of Everywhere videos, and visit Town of Yarmouth and Yarmouth and Acadian Shores.

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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