Doctors Nova Scotia acts as a united voice for the medical profession, representing all physicians in Nova Scotia.
On behalf of the province’s doctors, Doctors Nova Scotia works with all partners in health-care delivery to ensure the province is positioned to recruit and retain talented and skilled doctors, introduce new and innovative ways to deliver health care and to continuously look for ways to improve patient care and access to health care.
The association is also passionate about improving patient care and helping Nova Scotians live healthy and active lives.
Its award-winning Kids Run Club, progressive leadership in banning tanning beds for youth under 19 and historic role in strengthening smoke-free legislation are all examples of Doctors Nova Scotia’s commitment to helping Nova Scotians live healthy lives.
Dr. Heather Johnson is the association’s President for 2021-22. A family physician in Bridgewater, Dr. Johnson is a dedicated leader who has served on the Doctors Nova Scotia Board of Directors since 2010 in various roles. As a member of the Master Agreement Negotiations Team in 2018-19, she helped negotiate a contract that improved compensation for physicians working in key, hard-to recruit specialties and made some improvements to the work environment. The experience gave her insight into the many challenges and opportunities faced by physicians across Nova Scotia.
Dr. Johnson will serve as President until June 4, 2022, when she will be replaced by Dr. Leisha Hawker. A new President is installed each year at the association’s annual conference.