Benefits & Services

Professional Support Program

Doctors Nova Scotia offers its members a Professional Support Program.    

Doctors Nova Scotia’s Professional Support Program (PSP) provides confidential peer-to-peer support for members and their families who are dealing with personal or professional problems. Included in the program are veterinarians, veterinary students and veterinary assistants.

The PSP program responds to the urgent needs of members in crisis and also supports initiatives, workshops and other resources that promote wellness, resiliency, self-development and balanced living.

In May 2017, Doctors Nova Scotia (DNS) surveyed physicians in Nova Scotia about work-life issues and job satisfaction. Of the 372 physicians who responded, 50% reported having symptoms of burnout and another 20% said they felt ineffective.

Program expansion

Recognizing the need to act, DNS saw an opportunity to expand the PSP. There are now seven physicians across the province responding to the needs of physicians, medical students and residents, as well as veterinarians and veterinary assistants.

The program coordinator is Dr. John Chiasson (Antigonish). Participating physicians include: Drs. Maria Alexiadis (Halifax), Michelle Dow (Meteghan Centre), Bronwen Jones (Hammonds Plains/Tantallon), Moira MacLean (Halifax/Dartmouth), Kara MacNeill (Amherst), David Saunders (Dartmouth/New Minas) and Timothy Matheson (Bedford/Windsor).

Confidential support

All information physicians share with the PSP counsellors is confidential, including personal and health information, and the fact that they have contacted the PSP for help. Counsellors do not collect, use or disclose information without consent or as required by law.

PSP counsellors have no affiliation with licensing and regulatory bodies or related university training programs of the professions they serve.