Public Health promotes and protects the health of all people who live, work, learn and play in Nova Scotia. We do this by providing programs, services and resources which allow people to be part of improving their own health and creating healthier communities. This work is supported by health care providers and done in partnership with community.
As trusted health professionals, physicians, pharmacists and other allied health professionals play an essential role in building public trust in the health care system, including preventing illness, injury and chronic disease along with health promoting interventions. This responsibility includes administering routine, publicly funded vaccines, identifying and reporting notifiable diseases, and supporting access to Public Health information and resources for patients and clients. This is essential for improving the health of individuals and communities and moving toward a healthier Nova Scotia.
Physicians are encouraged to refer to Public Health when a patient or client may benefit from a program or service that we provide. This is one great way to help clients improve their long-term health and wellness, starting prenatally and continuing throughout their lifetime. If you would like more information on how to refer, contact your local Public Health office.