The Mission of CIPSRT
To provide a Canadian hub for strategic public safety wellness research and analysis, knowledge translation and mobilization, working with public safety leaders and academics from across Canada to develop and deploy solutions that meet the current and future needs of Canadian Public Safety Personnel.
The Vision of CIPSRT
Canadian public safety personnel, their organizations, their families, and their communities having access to up-to-date, scientifically robust evidence to inform policies and programs for a full range of health and wellness challenges.
The Mandate of CIPSRT
Through its national network, CIPSRT responds to the identified needs of Public Safety Personnel by producing or facilitating the evidence necessary for engaging strategies and allocating resources to support high quality and easily accessible mental health care for all Public Safety Personnel.
CIPSRT is an innovative organization that engages existing academic research resources and facilitates the development of new research, research capacity, and effective knowledge translation. With a network of academic researchers from across Canada and, the support of Canadian Public Safety Personnel leadership, CIPSRT is a hub for collaborations to address the health research requirements of Canadian Public Safety Personnel and their families.
CIPSRT operates within the governance structure of the Collaborative Centre for Justice and Safety (CCJS) at the University of Regina, reporting to the University of Regina through the Vice President Research.
The ongoing collaborative work of CIPSRT team members will be to develop, implement, and broadly use standardized assessment tools and procedures for measuring and treating symptoms of PTSD and other operational stress injuries. CIPSRT will endeavour to provide and support:
- Evidence-based measurements and preventative actions for PTSD and other operational stress injuries (OSI);
- Canadian-made standards for OSI research;
- Earlier interventions and;
- Mental health care improvements for public safety personnel and, therein, all Canadians.
A significant proportion of Canadians are directly or indirectly related to public safety personnel who have unique risks, exposures, and experiences, all of which require new standards of protection, prevention, and care.
CIPSRT works to improve the life-time health and well-being for people directly or indirectly related to public safety personnel, including front-line personnel, support personnel, families of personnel, and retired personnel. CIPSRT research will focus on the unique occupational exposures, experiences, and environment encountered by people directly or indirectly related to public safety personnel. The research results and advancements will support the life-time health and well-being of all Canadians.
CIPSRT Key Outcomes
CIPSRT research is innovative, responsive, and focuses on many areas including protection, prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, and technology development. Databases will capture current research programs, outstanding research requirements, study populations, funding and resources, and Canadian research teams. Researchers, partners, and sponsoring organizations are connected as per needs and interests.
Effective knowledge translation, as evidenced by the relevance of the research conducted, and the successful application of new knowledge, is key to the success of CIPSRT. Knowledge translation activities will include annual research conferences, including CIMVHR Forum, a robust and comprehensive website, regular and targeted communications, peer-reviewed publications, and ongoing communications with all stakeholder groups.
A cornerstone of CIPSRT is increasing the resiliency of Public Safety Personnel and reducing stigma, as well as building the next generation of expertise to support Public Safety Personnel and their families and educating executives to lead a trauma-informed workplace. Evidence-based education will be facilitated through collaborations including developing a thriving pan-Canadian graduate program with new sources of funding for graduate students, as well as web based and in person evidence-based educational tools for increasing mental health literacy, increasing resiliency, reducing the frequency and impact of operationa stress injuries, reducing stigma, and supporting trauma-informed leadership.
Partnership and Capacity Building
CIPSRT continues to sustain and create long-term, committed partnerships with key stakeholders and to develop new partnerships as the institute grows.