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

Who We Are


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Upcoming Continuing Professional Development Opportunities


Monthly Virtual Learning Webinars

September 29, 2022 @ 7:30pm ADT: This month's webinar "Overview of the Continuum of Care for Mothers/Pregnancy Persons on OAT Therapy" is being presented by Maddie Gallant, RN from the Opioid Practice Resource Group at the IWK. For login details please contact Shelley.ledrew@nshealth.ca 

PAIN: A Collaborative Approach

Improving Patient Care through Professional Collaboration Workshop

November 4, 2022: The People in Pain Network is hosting a half day accredited workshop which will aim to demonstrate how health care professionals collaborate to improve patient care for those experiencing chronic pain. For details and registration click here.

Alcohol Use Disorder & Benzodiazepine Workshop 

November 25, 2022: This one day accredited workshop will aim to assist health care providers in office-based management of Alcohol Use Disorder and Benzodiazepine Use. Learn more and register here.


The Safer Opioid Prescribing Program

January 2023: 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. Stay tuned for registration details.


Motivational Interview Workshop

February 17-18, 2023: This two day accredited in-person workshop will aim to develop primary care provider's capacity to rapidly engage and develop therapeutic alliance with those seeking services. Click here to learn more and register.

Annual Conference

March 2-3, 2023: Stay tuned for details and registration information.

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


Congratulations to the Network's Clinical Advisor for Pain and Mentor Dr. Maureen Allen on her new appointment as the Prescription Monitoring Program's Medical Consultant.



Are doctors still prescribing too many opioids?

A study led by a McGill university scientist suggests opioid painkillers are not always beneficial-and sometimes harmful-as patients recover from a minor surgery. Go to article

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Congratulations to former mentor and leader within the AMN Dr. John Fraser who was awarded the Canadian Medical Association Honorary Membership Award for his dedication and leadership providing care for Nova Scotians living with chronic pain, substance use disorder and homelessness. Read the announcement here



Congratulations to our own Dr. Leisha Hawker who has been appointed Doctors Nova Scotia's new president. Read the announcement here



The AMN-P&A is thrilled to partner with @Pain_Canada, a multi-stakeholder, national initiative bringing together diverse people, organizations, and perspectives to work towards dramatically improved systems of care for people with chronic pain. Learn more at paincanada.ca


New Benzodiazepine Standard
Physicians are aware of the harmful effects of Benzodiazepines and Z-drugs when used long-term or in combination with opioids.

The profession has achieved significant improvement in prescribing Benzodiazepines and Z-Drugs, with a significant reduction in co-prescribing these medications with opioids. Prescribing is particularly challenging when caring for legacy patients and when attempting to taper dosages.  

To offer support and direction to physicians, the College’s Council has recently approved a new Professional Standard Regarding Benzodiazepines and Z-Drugs. This new guidance was developed in consultation with stakeholders including Nova Scotia Health, Doctors NS, and CMPA.

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