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Medical Secretaries  (NOC 1243)
Annapolis Valley Region
Description |  Titles |  Duties |   Related Occupations

Medical secretaries perform a variety of secretarial and administrative duties in doctor's offices, hospitals, medical clinics and other medical settings.

medical secretary, ward secretary.

Medical secretaries perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Schedule and confirm medical appointments and receive and communicate messages for medical staff and patients
  • Prepare, key in, edit, and proofread medical records, reports, articles, case histories and correspondence from machine dictation, shorthand and handwritten notes using computers
  • Interview patients in order to complete forms, documents and case histories
  • Complete insurance and other claim forms
  • Initiate and maintain confidential medical files and records
  • Prepare financial statements and billing procedures
  • Order supplies and maintain inventory
  • Determine and establish office procedures and routines
  • May supervise and train other staff in procedures and in use of current software.
Included Cities in Region | Service Canada Offices

Berwick, Bridgetown, Hantsport, Kentville, Middleton, Windsor, Wolfville

View a list of Service Canada offices in this area.

Outlook & Prospects for Medical Secretaries in Annapolis Valley Region

The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.

Provincial Employment Potential Information

The following table identifies employment conditions within Nova Scotia.

Limited : LimitedFair : FairGood : Good
Table on the employment potential for Medical Secretaries in Annapolis Valley Region as well as in the rest of the Nova Scotia.
Location Employment Potential Release Date
Annapolis Valley Region Fair   (2 of 3 stars) 2011-10-06
Cape Breton Region Fair   (2 of 3 stars) 2012-05-08
Halifax Region Fair   (2 of 3 stars) 2011-05-12
North Shore Region Fair   (2 of 3 stars) 2011-06-07
Southern Region Fair   (2 of 3 stars) 2011-09-08

Provincial / Territorial Labour Market News

Week of Mar 31 - Apr 04, 2014
  • Nurse Next Door Home Care Services has opened in Halifax, and hopes to expand across Nova Scotia. According to the provincial Department of Health and Wellness, home nursing visits in Nova Scotia have grown by 64% since 2006, while non-nursing home support care visits have grown by 40%.
  • Nurses at the Capital District Health Authority in Halifax went on strike for 24 hours over their demand for higher nurse-to-patient ratios, but were ordered back to work upon the introduction of legislation which forces health-care unions and employers in Nova Scotia to designate essential services before a strike
Week of Mar 17 - Mar 21, 2014
  • Several new positions are being created with the opening of a new health care centre at the Queens General Hospital in Liverpool. They would include half-time positions for a pharmacist, a dietician, and an IT specialist, as well as full-time positions for a cleaner and a plant worker (operations/maintenance).
Week of Mar 03 - Mar 07, 2014
  • Striking home-care workers at Northwood Homecare Ltd. in Halifax have been declared essential workers by the provincial government, and forced back to work. The union will decide whether to accept the government's last wage offer, or to negotiate with the employer on which workers can be declared non-essential.
Week of Feb 24 - Feb 28, 2014
  • Home-care workers at Northwood Homecare Ltd. in Halifax, members of the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union, have gone on strike to back demands for equal pay with hospital workers doing similar work. The provincial government plans to introduce legislation to force essential staff back to work.
  • Capital Health will close a Tim Horton¿s outlet in the Halifax Infirmary due to financial losses, and relocate the workers to its other food service operations. There will be some loss of casual jobs.
Please consult the Annapolis Valley Region and Canada tabs for more useful information related to outlook.