Message from Dr. Strang, Chief Medical Officer of Health
As you know, many Nova Scotians live in our province and work outside of the Atlantic provinces (Atlantic bubble), travelling back and forth on a regular schedule. Due to self-isolation requirements, many of these rotational workers have been unable to access non-emergency medical treatment since travel restrictions were imposed more than six months ago. While self-isolation is important, we know it isn’t always easy. These Nova Scotians play a vital role in our communities and our economy. We want to ensure that the self-isolation requirement does not negatively impact the health, well-being and family lives of rotational workers, so we are making changes.
With that in mind, effective Monday, Sept. 14, rotational workers travelling within Canada will be allowed to attend necessary (urgent and routine) medical appointments. This includes physicians and nurse practitioners, dentists, optometrists, and other regulated health professionals where in-person treatment is required. The COVID-19 safety practices you already have in place for all patients do not need to change. However, in pre-screening these individuals, the requirement related to travel outside of Atlantic Canada will no longer apply.
We have made other changes to improve the health and wellness these Nova Scotians as well, and those can be found online at: https://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20200911006
The CAASPR portal is now open at caaspr.ca and new applicants, who are not licensed with another Canadian college, are encouraged to register through the portal to determine eligibility for the exam. Once vetted through CAASPR, please return to nscaslp.ca to apply for a temporary license with proof of liability insurance. Please note the new CETP exam has been postponed from October 2020 until sometime in 2021 TBD. We will keep you posted on any updates.Read more