Creating a health-care system that meets the needs of Nova Scotians requires a comprehensive and integrated health human resources strategy. Nova Scotia is committed to a plan that is collaborative, needs-based, inclusive and informed by best-practices and evidence. It is a plan that takes into account the whole of the system and addresses health human resource needs across it.
Enhancing our ability to recruit and retain health-care providers, and improving employers' abilities to provide healthy, safe and balanced workplaces are essential components of our approach. Already, we have invested over $50-million in a comprehensive strategy to educate, recruit, retain, and renew our nursing workforce. More than $700,000 has been dedicated to bursaries for prospective continuing-care assistants. We introduced a medical laboratory technologist program that will allow us to educate our own supply and increase our numbers. We're helping internationally-trained physicians make the transition to Nova Scotia through our very successful Clinician Assessment for Practice Program. To ensure all the work that our physicians do counts, we're leading the country in offering physician alternative payment plans. And, we're providing over 40 paramedics with fully-funded advanced-care training.