VAC announces creation of second Centre of Excellence
“The research conducted by the new Centre of Excellence on Chronic Pain will allow the delivery of the best chronic pain treatments and supports for Canada’s Veterans. By identifying new and emerging treatments, we will help Veterans and military members get better. The Centre of Excellence will test innovative therapies that can be shared with health professionals across the country.”
The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence
"We know that through research, best practices will be developed to better treat the large number of Canadian veterans suffering from chronic pain. The new centre of excellence will ensure that veterans throughout the country will receive evidence-based treatments to improve the quality of their lives.”
Dr. Ramesh Zacharias, Medical Director, Centre of Excellence on Chronic Pain Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Anesthesia, McMaster University Medical Director, Michael G. DeGroote Pain Clinic at Hamilton Health Sciences
“People from every walk of life can suffer from chronic pain, and Veterans suffer in higher proportions than the public at large. McMaster University is known around the world as a pioneer in health sciences education and of chronic pain research. McMaster will be a fantastic home for the Centre of Excellence for Chronic Pain.”
The Honourable Filomena Tassi, Member of Parliament for Hamilton West—Ancaster—Dundas and Minister of Seniors
To support the centre, Budget 2019 proposes to provide Veterans Affairs Canada $20.1 million over five years, starting in 2019–20, with $5 million per year ongoing.
Veterans Affairs Canada’s Life After Service Survey 2016 found the prevalence of chronic pain among Veterans (41%) was almost double that of comparable Canadians (22%).
The Life After Service Survey 2016 found chronic pain to be a factor in Veteran mental health problems and suicides, contributing significantly to various challenges in their lives.
Chronic pain is a research priority for the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Health Canada, and the Chronic Pain Network.
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