About the MAC iOPS

The MAC iOPS (Medication Assessment Centre Interprofessional Opioid Pain Service) delivers individualized, patient-centred access to chronic pain management in Saskatchewan. Our team consists of pharmacists, social workers and a physical therapist who have training and experience in chronic pain management who collaborate with a physician with an established practice in chronic pain.

Our Vision

To improve access to specialty chronic pain and opioid pharmacotherapy management services through a novel team-based approach.

Our Mission

To provide evidence-based clinical care for Saskatchewan residents with chronic pain and/or who regularly use prescription opioids.

Our Core Values

In delivering on its mission, the MAC iOPS values: 

  • Patient safety - by collaborating with the patient and their health care team, we will strive to optimize the safety of each patient's medications. 
  • Individualized patient care - by establishing patient-specific goals, and tailoring education and management strategies using an evidence-based approach to meet those goals. 
  • Professionalism - by maintaining the highest standard of clinical care and ethical conduct. 
  • Collaboration - by establishing effective relationships with patients, their care providers and other community resources. 
  • Innovation - by continuing to expore unique methods for providing care to patients with chronic pain and/or regular prescription opioid use. 

Referrals

We accept referrals from all healthcare professionals, as well as self-referrals from anyone living with chronic pain and wanting to explore Mind, Movement, and Medication therapies to improve their pain management.

NOTE: MAC iOPS is not able to work with patients who are actively receiving health care services for a WCB or SGI claim. Once the claimant has completed his/her treatment sponsored by WCB or SGI, they can begin the MAC iOPS intake process. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Medication Assessment Centre (MAC) has existed for the better part of a decade. An expansion of the MAC called the Interprofessional Opioid Pain Service (MAC iOPS) was launched on March 2, 2020. MAC iOPS is funded by Health Canada's Substance Use and Addictions Program (SUAP).

Benefits of referral to the MAC iOPS include:

  • FREE - no cost to you or your patients; includes free parking.
  • Saves you time - let us help you by reviewing complex chronic pain medication regimens, taper/rotate opioids, initiate new medications such as methadone or buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone), and by providing specialized chronic pain, mind and movement treatments.
  • Assessment and consult letters faxed directly to you - contains recommendations for optimum chronic pain management and/or opioid tapering/rotation.
  • Take Home Naloxone Kits - our team provides naloxone training and we also have free naloxone kits for patients.
  • NEW! Case conferences - the MAC iOPS includes an option to engage in a case conference which would include yourself (referring provider) and our clinical team to discuss a patient case.
  • NEW! Prescriber peer support and mentorship - the MAC iOPS now provides provider support opportunities! These opportunities consist of one-on-one meetings with our team physician to support clinical decisions.

Saskatchewan residents with chronic non-cancer pain and/or takes prescriptions opioids regularly.

Please note: MAC iOPS is not able to work with patients who are actively receiving health care services for a WCB or SGI claim. Once the claimant has completed his/her treatment sponsored by WCB or SGI, they can begin the MAC iOPS intake process. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.

You can still refer patients to our clinic if your practice is outside of Saskatoon. While the majority of assessments are done in person, we also conduct virtual consults using secure web-based videoconferencing technology or telephone for patients that are unable to come to the MAC or MAC iOPS.

Yes! The MAC Interprofessional Opioid Pain Service is funded by Health Canada's Substance Use and Addictions Program (SUAP).

The Medication Assessment Centre is also partially funded by a grant from the Drug Plan and Extended Benefits Branch of the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health.

Free parking is also available for all of our patients when visiting the MAC.

The MAC is also grateful for the generous contributions and donations from individuals over the years. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to the MAC, please contact us.