An important conversation about unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures.
Helping people talk about unnecessary medical tests, treatments and procedures
What is Choosing Wisely Australia?
Choosing Wisely Australia® is an initiative of NPS MedicineWise in partnership with Australia's health professional colleges, societies and associations. The campaign is enabling clinicians, consumers and healthcare stakeholders to start important conversations about tests, treatments and procedures where evidence shows they provide no benefit, or in some cases, lead to harm.
Read about Choosing Wisely Australia
See the Choosing Wisely Australia recommendations on tests, treatments and procedures
Read the latest insights: 2019 Choosing Wisely Australia Report: Partnering for change
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
Read which colleges, societies and professional organisations are involved
Find out more about Choosing Wisely Australia
5 questions to ask your doctor or healthcare provider before you get any test, treatment, or procedure
Unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures can be a diversion from effective care
Find out more about Choosing Wisely Australia®
Read our 5 questions to ask your healthcare provider before you get any test, treatment or procedure
Read our consumer resources
Australia’s colleges, societies and associations are leading the way in addressing unnecessary practices ingrained in the system and recommending which should be avoided.
Find out more about Choosing Wisely Australia
Read college, society & association recommendations on tests, treatments and procedures to question
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'.
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.
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."
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A handy resource for consumers and carers
Start a Choosing Wisely conversation with this new toolkit for consumer health advocates.
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Want to put the Choosing Wisely initiative into practice?
Read how this new resource can help with your hospital's project.
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New program: Neuropathic pain
RACGP: Responding to patient requests for tests not considered clinically appropriate
Antibiotic resources for clinicians
Sexual health medicine recommendations
Radiation oncology recommendations
Use of proton pump inhibitors
Adrenaline for anaphylaxis
CT scans for suspected appendicitis in children
Antibiotics for upper respiratory tract infection
End of life goals of care
Population based Vitamin D screening
Automated visual fields and optical coherence tomography
Administration of antipyretics in children
Colonoscopy for screening of bowel cancer
See all the recommendations
"We don't want our patients on a treadmill for something that wasn't right at the start."
"As GPs we have a unique opportunity to change patients' habits."
Acute low back pain - advice on imaging
Heartburn and reflux - manage your medicine
Type 2 diabetes - self-monitoring of blood glucose
Communicating with your healthcare provider - tips for your appointments
5 questions to ask your doctor or other healthcare provider
See all the consumer resources
"Excuse me, aren't you gonorrhea?"
"Receiving the right answers"
Read how this new resource can help with your health service’s project.
"Sometimes more is not better."
"We're debunking some of the myths in the system."
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Last reviewed 07 January 2020