11 May 2018

The Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation (GMRF) has confirmed a collaborative partnership with leading Canadian research institute, the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR), to progress research into improving the health and wellbeing of military personnel, veterans, and their families.

“CIMVHR is thrilled to be entering into this partnership with GMFR. The sharing of research between our institutions will positively impact past and present members as well as their families, in Canada and around the world,” says Dr. David Pedlar, Scientific Director, CIMVHR. “This is another great day serving military personnel, veterans and their families.”

GMRF will join a global alliance of universities and institutes working together to increase the impact and momentum of research conducted in this field. CIMVHR partners with over 40 universities and institutes world- wide in areas such as physical and mental trauma, the military to civilian transition, rehabilitation technologies, and healthcare and administration policies relating to veterans.

GMRF CEO Miriam Dwyer says: “We are delighted to collaborate with CIMVHR; a prominent and respected authority on veteran physical and mental health research.

“This collaborative partnership facilitates the sharing of data and research findings, enabling both GMRF and CIMVHR to increase the impact of our work for veteran health.”

GMRF recently contributed to global understanding of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) through the publication of a world-first study, in partnership with RSL Queensland, providing an in-depth analysis of the physical comorbidities of PTSD. This research is now being used as part of an education program to equip GPs and other healthcare professionals in identifying and treating PTSD; a condition which affects 1 in 20 Australians.

For 8 years, CIMVHR has worked to engage existing academic research resources, facilitate new research, increase research capacity and foster knowledge translation.

During this time CIMVHR has completed 43 research contracts at 22 institutions and is currently administering 22 additional research contracts in various stages of completion    for a total of 65 research contracts to date. Seven annual Forums have been hosted showcasing 970 research presentations to over 3500 stakeholders that have influenced countless policies, practices and research decisions.