The Centre of Excellence on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Related Mental Health Conditions functions as a “Network of Networks.” This Network is made up of an advisory committee, community-based Reference Groups, and communities of practice where lived experience is valued as much as technical expertise.
The Centre’s Network of Networks’ model is based on the U.K.’s National Health Service (NHS) networks model and other evidence on learning health systems and health system transformation. As an independent intermediary, we proudly serve Canadian Veterans and their families along side several other national organizations. The Centre also partners with many international organizations in the global effort to enhance the mental health of those who have served as well as their families.
Centre of Excellence on PTSD – Advisory Committee
The Centre’s Advisory Committee directly informs the Centre’s knowledge, practice, and policy work. This Committee is comprised of representatives from four community-based Reference Groups: Veterans, Veteran Family Members, service providers, and researchers.
Our common purpose is to improve the well-being of Canadian Veterans and their families.
Through collective impact, we are working to achieve the following activities as outlined in the Centre’s contribution agreement Veterans Affairs Canada:
- Develop and implement knowledge and expertise sharing capacity with Veterans, Veteran Family Members, service providers, researchers, and the public;
- Develop and maintain partnerships to mobilize resources to improve the mental wellness of Canadian Veterans.
The role of the Reference Groups are to provide the Centre with strategic advice and expertise on specific initiatives and priority areas, while serving as ambassadors on behalf of the Centre at external events.
There are four separate, but inter-related Reference Groups who provide recommendations to the Centre’s Advisory Committee:
- Veteran family members
- Researchers on PTSD and related mental health conditions
- Service providers (i.e. psychiatrists, psychologists, psychotherapists, community workers, peer supporters, family physicians, etc.) with expertise in PTSD and related mental health conditions
The purpose of the Reference Groups are to:
- Bring diverse forms of expertise and/or experience in Veteran mental health promotion, research, practice and policy together to support the betterment of Veteran and first responder mental health;
- Guide the work of the Centre by creating infrastructure for input, feedback, and strategic advice from a multi-disciplinary and diverse group;
- Hold dedicated space for knowledge exchange related to PTSD and related conditions that relies on best and promising research evidence;
- Encourage and support cross-sector collaborations related to Veteran PTSD and mental health; and
- Expand the reach and presence of the Centre through people who can act as ambassadors across Canada.