The recruitment and retention of doctors and health care professionals is considered to be the most important issue for many of our citizens. Our residents expect to have access to physician services in our local area. Doctor recruitment and retention is also a large component in future growth for the area, as access to health care is a major factor in attracting new residents.
The Municipalities of the District of Argyle, the District of Yarmouth and the Town of Yarmouth are committed to recruiting and retaining health care professionals. Time and money has been invested, collectively and individually, in the last decade to address recruitment & retention challenges. The Health Authority under the Department of Health and Wellness of the Province of Nova Scotia is mandated with the provision of health care. Municipal and Town Councils recognize the need for community level services to supplement the work of the NSHA in recruitment activities of health care professionals.
Click on the following link to view the Yarmouth County Health Services Recruitment & Retention Committee Terms of Reference.
Below are the most recent summaries of activities related to the position of Community Navigator for Physician Recruitment.
Community Navigator Activities Report to Municipal Councils - February 2020.
The Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) provides health services to Nova Scotians and some specialized services to Atlantic Canadians. They operate hospitals, health centres and community-based programs across the province. NSHA is the largest provider of health services in Nova Scotia, thanks to a workforce of more than 22,000 professionals. Their team includes employees, physicians, researchers, learners and volunteers who work together to provide a full range of health services.
The Nova Scotia Health Authority website Nova Scotia. More Than Medicine.+ contains a wealth of information on Nova Scotia Health Authority Programs including a site visit program, relocation allowance, Nova Scotia Department of Health & Wellness incentive programs, a physician tuition relief program, return of service bursaries for family medicine residents, debt-assistant plans, and locum support.