Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

November 27, 2013 15:38 ET

Canadian Armed Forces Senior Leaders Attend the Military Veteran Health Research Forum

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Nov. 27, 2013) - For the past three days, Canadian Armed Forces senior leadership, including General Tom Lawson, Chief of Defence Staff, Major-General David Millar, Chief of Military Personnel, and Brigadier-General Jean-Robert Bernier, Surgeon General, participated either in person or by video message, in the 4th annual Military and Veteran Health Research Forum presented by the Canadian Institute of Military and Veteran Health Research.

"The health of our men and women in uniform is a top priority for our Government," said the Honourable Rob Nicholson, Minister of National Defence. "The research efforts of the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research mean we can work together to improve the care and support available to ill and injured members and their families, and to address their needs in a timely, consistent, and meaningful way."

"The Military and Veteran Health Research Forum assures me that the needs of Canada's servicemen and women are being considered, researched, and discussed by some of the finest minds in Canada," said General Lawson. "This collaboration supports not only the efforts of medical personnel looking after our serving and retired members and their families, but all Canadians."

The Military and Veteran Health Research Forum has attracted over 450 Canadian researchers, clinicians, military personnel, veterans, industry stakeholders, government representatives and international delegates eager to learn and network at Canada's only conference that is dedicated to health research for the military and veterans. The three days of discussion and presentations highlighted mental health research, physical health research, rehabilitation research, new health technologies, and the transition from military to civilian life. It also touched on the social health and well-being of personnel, veterans, and their families, occupational health and evolving treatment programs and clinical practices.

"The Military and Veteran Health Research Forum represents an essential step in building capacity in military and veteran health research in Canada for improved health outcomes for our military personnel, their families and our veterans," said Major-General Millar.

Today, Brigadier-General Bernier, Surgeon General, also presented the Major Sir Frederick Banting Award to Dr. Mark Zamorski, M.D., the Head of Deployment Health for Canadian Forces Health Services, in recognition of their high-quality research addressing military health issues.

The annual award is presented to a Canadian whose research paper is deemed to be of the greatest overall value to military health.

"Ever since the first predecessor to the Canadian Institute of Health Research was established to help prepare Canada for the medical challenges of the Second World War, civilian academia has continually made important contributions to government military and veteran health research programs," said Brigadier-General Bernier. "With the establishment of an institute devoted exclusively to military and veterans' health, the Canadian Institute of Military and Veteran Health Research has taken academia's contributions to an important new level. Much of the research presented at this forum or otherwise supported by the institute will also be relevant to the health of civilian populations."

The Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces, with the support of their health care partners, are committed to providing high quality full spectrum health care to Canada's military personnel, at anytime and anywhere they serve.

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For more information, on the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces' involvement in the Forum, please contact the National Defence Media Liaison Office at 1-866-377-0811.

For more information on the Forum or the Banting Award, please visit the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research web site.

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