Implemented in 1991, the DCPNS has been mandated to standardize and improve the quality of care provided through Nova Scotia’s 38 Diabetes Centres (DCs). DCs are funded and operated by the NSHA or the IWK Health Centre. The DCPNS staff work closely with all DCs in the province, as well as other diabetes care providers, across the age continuum in all settings (Primary Care, Acute Care, and Continuing Care).


  • Advises on service delivery models
  • Establishes, promotes, and monitors adherence to diabetes care guidelines
  • Provides support, services, and resources to diabetes health care providers
  • Collects, analyzes, interprets, and disseminates diabetes-related information for Nova Scotia
DCPNS reports within the NSHA under the portfolio of VP Integrated Health Services Program, Primary Health Care, and Population Health to the Director of Chronic Disease and Wellness, Primary Health Care. The Program is supported by Medical Advisors, several working groups and committees, and approximately 7.5 full-time equivalent staff positions.