Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

November 26, 2012 17:00 ET

Minister MacKay and Canadian Forces Senior Leaders Attend the Military and Veteran Health Research Forum

KINGSTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 26, 2012) - The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, joined by Lieutenant-General Peter Devlin, Commander of the Canadian Army, and Brigadier-General Jean-Robert Bernier, Surgeon General, for the third annual Military and Veteran Health Research Forum presented by the Canadian Institute of Military and Veteran Health Research, and hosted by Queen's University and the Royal Military College of Canada.

"This Forum acts as a catalyst to bring universities and research organizations together to establish sustainable research relationships across Canada," said Minister MacKay. "The Forum represents the collaborative building capacity in military and veteran health research in Canada that is necessary to improve health outcomes for our military personnel, their families and our veterans."

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

"The health of our men and women in uniform is my central priority for this government and research efforts such as this contribute to the critical evidence informing the quality care they receive," continued Minister Mackay. "The level of participation in this event is a testament to the support from Canadians for the health of Canadian Forces members and their families."

"Military personnel, veterans and their families are the foundation of the Canadian Forces' success, which is why we are committed to providing the best possible support to current and former military members and their loved-ones," said Lieutenant-General Peter Devlin, Commander of the Canadian Army. "The Military and Veteran Health Research Forum helps us to not only understand the health concerns of military personnel and veterans, but also address challenges in a collaborative way."

"The Canadian Forces undertake essential health-related research on a continuous basis. The Canadian Institute of Military and Veteran Health Research and this forum provide an essential contribution to the research across the full spectrum of military and veteran health," said Brigadier-General Bernier. "Much of the research, in particular in relation to trauma care and mental health, will have relevance to the health of all Canadians, and will inform the civilian health system."

The Canadian Forces (CF), with the support of their health care partners, are committed to providing full-spectrum care and the highest standard of health care possible to Canada's military personnel, at anytime and anywhere they serve. As part of this commitment, on September 12, 2012, Minister MacKay announced an additional $11.4 million to augment mental health care and preventive programs in the CF. This initiative, spearheaded by Minister MacKay, brings the CF's annual health care budget to approximately $440 million.

Note to editor / news director: For more information on the Canadian Institute of Military and Veteran Health Research, follow this link: http://www.cimvhr.ca/

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