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What is Choosing Wisely Australia?

Choosing Wisely Australia® is helping healthcare providers and consumers start important conversations about improving the quality of healthcare by eliminating unnecessary and sometimes harmful tests, treatments, and procedures.

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See the Choosing Wisely Australia recommendations on tests, treatments and procedures

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Some of the many tests, treatments or procedures available in modern medicine are not necessarily in your patients' best interests

Find out more about tests, treatments and procedures to question

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Australia’s colleges, societies and associations are leading the way in addressing unnecessary practices ingrained in the system and recommending which should be avoided.

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Choosing Wisely Australia: The word on the street

"Choosing Wisely is all about encouraging good conversations about the most appropriate use of tests, treatments and procedures"

What do you look for in a doctor or health professional?

"Someone I can trust”

Choosing Wisely Australia® is an initiative that brings the healthcare community together to improve the quality of healthcare through considering tests, treatments, and procedures where evidence shows they provide no benefit or, in some cases, lead to harm. Led by Australia’s colleges and professional societies and facilitated by NPS MedicineWise, Choosing Wisely Australia challenges the way we think about health care, questioning the notion 'more is always better'.

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists Dean of the Faculty of Radiology, Dr Gregory Slater

"We don't want our patients on a treadmill for something that wasn't right at the start."

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners President, Dr Frank Jones

"As GPs we have a unique opportunity to change patients' habits."

Unnecessary practices can lead to more frequent and invasive investigations that can expose consumers to undue risk of harm, emotional stress and financial cost. We all need to understand the evidence and appropriateness in ordering tests, treatments and procedures.

Choosing Wisely - 'unofficial' film clip

A parody of the infectious Pharrell Williams song 'Happy.' If you choose wisely it will make you happy.

How would you feel if your doctor said ‘it’s best to do nothing’?

"Receiving the right answers"

A cross-section of colleges, societies, associations and other organisations have come together to identify healthcare practices that warrant scrutiny, examining the evidence and drawing on the expert opinion of their members to develop a list of recommendations: "Tests, treatments and procedures to question."

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians President, Professor Nicholas Talley

"Sometimes more is not better."

Consumers Health Forum CEO, Ms Leanne Wells

"We're debunking some of the myths in the system."


Last reviewed 01 March 2016

Choosing Wisely Australia members and supporters