An Innovative Approach to Delivering Health Care To People With Pain & Addiction

Who We Are


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Upcoming Continuing Professional Development Opportunities


Response to the Opioid Crisis: A Webinar Series Supporting the Community of Practice

January 19 - September 22: The Association of Faculties of Medicine Canada (AFMC) is offering a series of free webinars aimed to provide support for those engaged in both clinical practice and teaching in pain, substance use and addition. The series will cover topics such as: iOAT, Introduction to Medical Treatment to OUD, Management of Chronic Pain in Diverse Population, Physician Liability, Chronic Pain and the Elderly and Advanced Knowledge of Pain Management.  

To register for the webinar series use this LINK


Monthly Virtual Learning Webinar

January 27 @7pm AST: Dr. Maureen Allen will present "Promoting Movement with Chronic Pain: Understanding the Role of Helplessness, Fear of Movement and Passive-Pain Coping. AMN members can obtain the login information for the webinar by contacting Shelley.ledrew@nshealth.ca 

​AMN Podcast Club

January 31 @7pm AST: The podcast club will meet to discuss the podcast "How Do I Teach My Brain to Deactivate My Pain " by Alan Gordon.

To join the podcast club please contact Shelley.ledrew@nshealth.ca

The Safer Opioid Prescribing Program

March 8-May 31, 2022: This program assists physicians, nurse practitioners and medical residents in acquiring knowledge and skills in chronic pain management and opioid prescribing.

The program involves three live webinars and a full-day virtual workshop. For details and registration information please review flyer.


Motivational Interview Workshop

May 13 & 14, 2022: This two day in-person workshop will aim to develop primary care provider's capacity to rapidly engage and develop therapeutic alliance with those seeking services. Review flyer for details.

Virtual Alcohol Use Disorder & Benzodiazepine Workshop (Postponed)

March 4, 2022:  Planning is underway for a full day workshop to discuss Alcohol Use Disorder and Benzodiazepine. Registration details will be released Monday, January 17, 2022

The  Safer Opioid Prescribing Program 


The Nova Scotia Health Authority’s AMN-P&A in partnership with Doctors Nova Scotia is pleased to offer the Safer Opioid Prescribing Program. Developed and presented by the University of Toronto, the course is evidence-based, free of industry conflicts of interest and available to physicians, medical residents and nurse practitioners who prescribe opioids. 

News & Publications
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November 7-13, 2021 is National Pain Awareness Week in Canada, a time to raise awareness of chronic pain and its impact on the one in five Canadians who live with it.  


All people with pain in Canada, no matter who they are or where they live, should have equitable access to timely and evidence-based care and support.

Learn more and read the action plan to prioritize pain in Canada 

AMN-P&A is Supported by

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AMN-P&A is Endorsed by
Congratulations to the AMN-P&As Addiction Medicine Clinical Advisor and Mentor, Dr. David Martell who has been appointed the Physician Lead for Addiction Medicine. Announcement
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Congratulations to AMN-P&A member Dr. Thomas Brothers, medical resident and recipient of CMA Award for Young Leaders (resident). You are a key player in transforming addictions services in Nova Scotia hospitals: https://bit.ly/3gBzefo
Announcement: The AMN-P&A in collaboration with PainBC and the Centre for Effective Practice has been successful in their proposal to Health Canada’s Substance Use and Addictions Program to develop Adaptive Mentoring networks in Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and British Columbia. Through this four-year contribution agreement, primary care providers will receive support to provide compassionate and effective care for Canadians living with chronic pain, substance use and/or mental illness. Health Canada Announcement
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The People in Pain Network (PIPN), an organization that supports people living with pain through peer support, is providing two virtual support groups. See flyer for more information.
New Pain & Addiction Clinic in Dartmouth: The Pain Management Unit at the QEII Health Sciences Centre in partnership with the North End Community Health Centre has opened a new collaborative, inter-disciplinary clinic. Clinic Flyer  Clinic Referral Form

Congratulations to the AMN-P&A's Medical Director, Dr. Sam Hickcox on being appointed Chief Officer of the Office of Mental Health and Addictions. Announcement

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Final report from Canadian Pain Task Force released from Health Canada. 
Read report

Simplified guideline for prescribing medical cannabinoids in primary care 
Read guideline

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Nova Scotia Health & the Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia collaborate to support Nova Scotians impacted by the mass casualty of April 18 & 19, 2020
Free Psychological Sessions

IWK Mental Health and Addictions Program develop resources that may assist Nova Scotians in coping with the upcoming anniversary of the tragedy of April 18 & 19, 2020. 
Parents Acknowledging the Anniversary
Educators Acknowledging the Anniversary
Addressing the Anniversary of a Tragedy Key Considerations for Schools

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