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. 

Preparing for Your Visit

We are currently offering virtual and in-person visits.

Virtual visits may take place over the telephone or using Webex videocall software. You will be asked your preference for visit type when booking your first appointment, and are welcome to let us know at any time if you would like to change how you would like to connect with us.

Click the green button below for more information about our virtual services.

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 their 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).

By meeting with you for an initial assessment and follow up, our team will will work with you to:
  • Achieve your own personal goals of your care through a "3M" approach to pain management: Mind, Movement, and Medication
  • Ensure your pain management strategies are safe in the context of your other medications, conditions, and strategies
We also try to answer any questions or concerns you may have about your medications or overall health.
We do not prescribe medications at MAC iOPS and we do not replace any current care that you are receiving from other health care providers. We aim to come alongside your existing team in parallel and will make suggestions directly to your doctor or nurse practitioner when appropriate.
As a patient of MAC iOPS, you will also have the chance to participate in group social work sessions to learn more about managing your pain by calming your nervous system.
You might meet with a pharmacist, physical therapist, and social worker all at once, or one of these individuals first depending on the details of your referral.
In the first visit, we will meet with you to:
  • Listen to your pain story. We know this can be hard to share, so we invite you to share as much or as little as you want.
  • Ask you about your goals. What might you be doing more of if your pain was better managed?
  • Review your relevant medical history.
  • Talk about the medications you currently use and ones you may have tried in the past.
  • Offer education about potential treatment options in the areas of Mind, Movement, and Medication.

Since we are a teaching facility, there may also be students observing or participating in the appointment; however, the appointment will be led by a fully-licensed clinician.

  • Any records you may keep of your pain experience
  • A list of questions you have for the pharmacist, physical therapist, or social worker
  • A list of any allergies (drug, food, environmental)
  • All of your medications (this includes prescription and non-prescription drugs, vitamins, and natural products)
  • A family member or friend is welcome to join you to help you feel more comfortable
The MAC and MAC iOPS provide services to people all across Saskatchewan via virtual care using secure web-based videoconferencing technology or telephone.
If you can get to Saskatoon, we do welcome you to see us in person at our clinic on the University of Saskatchewan campus.

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.