Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

November 18, 2010 13:49 ET

Canadian Forces Welcome New Military and Veteran Health Research Forum

KINGSTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 18, 2010) - The Canadian Forces' Chief of the Defence Staff and Surgeon General both praise the focus a new health research forum is bringing to health care for veterans and serving members. The two-day Canadian Military and Veteran Health Research Forum, which concluded its final sessions today, brought together leading health researchers from across the country for open discussions on key issues surrounding health care for veterans, military personnel, and their families.

"The Canadian Forces care about the health of its members, veterans, and their families, and we applaud the creation of the Canadian Military and Veteran Health Research Forum," said General Walt Natynczyk, Chief of the Defence Staff, who gave a keynote address Tuesday night. "We want to thank the Forum's hosts, participants and partners for their important work. It will complement our related research programs already in place and will help expand our collective knowledge of the unique health needs of the Canadian Forces family."

The Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) and Queen's University hosted the forum, in which over 250 stakeholders gathered to build awareness of the implications of military service on the lives of military personnel, veterans and their families and identify current research in this area.

"The tempo and intensity of the mission in Afghanistan has re-emphasized the operational and clinical importance of continuous military health research," said Commodore Hans Jung, Surgeon General for the Canadian Forces. "The Military and Veteran Health Research Forum provides the Canadian Forces with a tremendous opportunity to promote the advancement of both military and veteran health research through collaboration and partnerships with civilian health research professionals. We welcome and look forward to the outcomes of these new partnerships."

The Forum represents an essential step in expanding capacity in military and veterans' health research in Canada and for improved health outcomes for our military personnel, veterans, and their families. This enhanced ability to combine the efforts of the Department of National Defence/Canadian Forces, Veterans Affairs Canada and Canadian academic institutions' health research together will mean better coordination and collaboration among researchers, optimizing health care for members and veterans of the Canadian Forces and their families.

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