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Addiction Medicine - Middleton Recovery Support Centre

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Requisition ID: 154843 

Opportunity Type: Permanent 

Estimated Annual Salary: 50,000 - 100,000 

Type of Remuneration: APP- Alternative Payment Plan 

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

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About This Opportunity

The Mental Health and Addictions Program (MHAP) is seeking a part-time Addiction Medicine Consultant(s), interested in working as part of a new MHAP Addiction Medicine Consult Service. The available positions is 0.2 FTE at the Middleton Recovery Support Centre at Soldiers Memorial Hospital. The physician would practice 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 your expression of interest and CV outlining your experience in relation to the accountabilities for the position to Patti Smith, Physician Recruitment Consultant in the Western Zone, via email to 


The Addiction Medicine Consultant (s) works collaboratively to: 

  • Provide Evidence-Informed clinical advice and guidance in response to consultation requests from targeted clinicians providing addictions care in Nova Scotia
  • Support knowledge translation to improve clinicians' ability to address patient's needs related to substance use
  • 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
  • Complete administrative documentation related to the service
  • Participate in development, planning and quality improvement activities for the addiction medicine consult service
  • Accountable to the NSHA Mental Health and Addictions Physician Lead: Addiction Medicine

Expected Hours

The MHAP Addition Medicine Consult Service will operate Monday to Friday from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. The MHAP Addition Medicine Consult Service will operate Monday to Friday from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.  The rotation between the Western Zone Recovery Support Center sites would be discussed with Dr David Martell.




  • Experience in practicing addictions medicine in a variety of clinical settings is an asset but not a requirement
  • Experience in clinical leadership is an asset
  • Experience working in a medical withdrawal management service is an asset
  • Experience working within or collaboratively with a complex system environment 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

Located near the centre of the Annapolis Valley, Middleton - otherwise known as "The Heart of the Valley" - is a scenic town with a population of approximately 2,000. The community values diversity, opportunity, and partnership while serving as a regional centre for business, education, health, and recreation. Discover what it is like to work study, live or play in tranquil Middleton!


Middleton is a town with something for everyone. Picture breathtaking views in all seasons, year-round special events, and diverse community groups to match your interests. Community and Economic Development programs provide a wide range of active-living town recreation and business experiences to please everyone. 


The Annapolis Valley is famous for its beauty, apples - and more recently - its fantastic wines. If you are looking to put down roots, affordable small farms and acreages are plentiful in this area. Watch: Have It All


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.