2018 Choosing Wisely Australia National Meeting

2018 Choosing Wisely Australia National Meeting

National Convention Centre, Canberra


Wednesday 30 May 2018, 9.30am - 5pm

Program | Registrations | Abstract submissions

Led by Australia’s medical colleges and professional societies and facilitated by NPS MedicineWise, Choosing Wisely Australia is challenging the way we think about health care.

The 2018 Choosing Wisely Australia National Meeting will bring together members, key stakeholders and influencers of the Choosing Wisely initiative, now in its third year. It is an opportunity for health professionals, consumers, researchers, funders and policy makers to come together to discuss, engage and network on topics related to reducing unnecessary care.

At the 2018 National Meeting you will:

  • Engage with the Choosing Wisely Australia community and foster the exchange of ideas 
  • Hear about practical and implementable examples of projects on Choosing Wisely and their impact to date
  • Learn about the impact of Choosing Wisely Australia 

Preliminary program

We are committed to providing an engaging and energising day of speakers, breakout sessions, and networking opportunities.


Headshot of Daniel Wolfson

We are delighted to announce that Daniel Wolfson will be the keynote speaker for this event. Mr. Wolfson is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the ABIM Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation focused on advancing medical professionalism and physician leadership to improve the health care system. Mr. Wolfson has been instrumental in leading the Choosing Wisely campaign in the US.


Presentations and conversations will focus on:

  • Spreading the Choosing Wisely message. Cutting through the “noise” to engage consumers and health professionals
  • Changing culture through health professional education and training
  • Evidence of practice change: Achievements and lessons learned from primary to tertiary care
  • Innovative ideas to reduce low value care 


Registration for the 2018 Choosing Wisely Australia National Meeting is now open. We welcome all delegates and look forward to seeing you there.

Please read all the information on this page before registering.

How to register

Please create a new user account. It is important you record your sign in details for later use. This will allow you to access your registration record to update your contact details, to make changes or to pay by credit card.

If you have submitted an abstract, you have already created an account – please sign in with your existing account email address and password.

By registering online, you will receive an immediate confirmation via email, including a tax invoice.


Registration for the 2018 National Meeting includes the following:

  • attendance at all sessions on Wednesday 30 May
  • morning tea and lunch
  • attendance at the networking evening on Wednesday 30 May

Registration fees

Registration fees are based on the date of receipt of payment (not the date of registration). All prices are in Australian dollars and include 10% Australian Goods and Services Tax (GST).

  • Early registration - $190
    (by Friday 20 April 2018)
  • Late registration - $300
    (from Saturday 21 April 2018)

Payment methods

A tax invoice will be automatically emailed to the address supplied upon submission of your registration.
Registration fees can be paid by:

  • Credit card – MasterCard or Visa. Note that payments will appear as Expert Events on your credit card statement.
  • Cheque – payable to: NPS MedicineWise. All payments must be in Australian dollars. Post to Choosing Wisely National Meeting 2018, c/o Expert Events, PO Box 351, Hamilton Central QLD 4007 Australia.

We are unable to accept payment by direct debit. 

Changes to your registration

You can sign into your registration record using your account email address and password if you need to make changes to your registration. Alternatively, you can request a change in writing by emailing the National Meeting secretariat at cwa2018@expertevents.com.au.

Cancellations and refund policy

Cancellations must be advised in writing by emailing the National Meeting secretariat at cwa2018@expertevents.com.au.

Registration cancellations received by Friday 20 April 2018 will receive a refund of registration fees, less an administrative charge of $50.

Refunds for cancellations received after Friday 20 April will be at the discretion of NPS MedicineWise. Eligible refunds will be issued after the conclusion of the National Meeting.

Transfer of registration


Registrations are transferable to a colleague at any time prior to the event, provided the National Meeting secretariat is advised in writing. Email transfer requests to cwa2018@expertevents.com.au.

Abstract submissions

We invite abstract submissions that highlight advances and learnings in supporting the Choosing Wisely Australia initiative.

These submissions could be accepted as presentations, vignettes, pitch presentations or posters based on the following streams:

  • Spreading the Choosing Wisely message. Cutting through the “noise” to engage consumers and health professionals
  • Changing culture through health professional education and training
  • Evidence of practice change: Achievements and lessons learned from primary to tertiary care
  • Innovative ideas to reduce low value care – in the form of a pitch presentation  

Abstract types

1. Presentations
Presentations with the opportunity to take questions will be limited, but offer a good opportunity to showcase issues in up to 10 minutes, followed by a 5-minute question and answer session. 

2. Vignettes 
Vignettes are brief oral presentations highlighting a specific topic with an emphasis on the practical implications/results. Authors present for 5 minutes using a single slide and answer follow up questions. Vignette authors are particularly invited to show how their work translates into outcomes. 

3. Pitch presentations 
Pitch presentations involve a short interactive session where authors present an innovative idea in how to reduce low value care and receive feedback and advice from a panel of experts and the audience. Pitches will be designated 5 minutes for the pitch and 10 minutes for the discussion and feedback. The number of these presentations will be limited.

4. Poster display

Poster displays are a rewarding opportunity to meet and learn from colleagues and experts from across Australia. Posters will be presented in hard copy format and displayed in the main break out area ensuring maximum exposure. 

Abstract submission instructions

In each abstract authors are asked to demonstrate how their work contributes to improving the quality of healthcare and health outcomes. Abstracts should: 

  • Clearly reflect your identified sub-theme
  • Have been proof read to ensure correct spelling, punctuation and gramma
  • Be a maximum of 300 words.

The format of the abstract should have three parts: 

1. Identify the idea/issue/proposal the abstract intends to address
2. List the objectives and/or scope of the work 
3. Clearly describe the approach and outcomes. 

Student Prize

A prize will be awarded to the best abstract submitted by a student.

Peer review of abstracts

All abstract submissions will be peer-reviewed for inclusion in the program and successful authors will be required to register for the event to guarantee their time slot.

Closing date for submissions

The closing date for abstract submissions is Wednesday 28 February 2018.

Submit your abstract

More information

For assistance with an abstract submission, or for general information about the National Meeting 2018, please contact the National Meeting secretariat Expert Events at cwa2018@expertevents.com.au or telephone +61 7 3848 2100.

We look forward to seeing you at the Choosing Wisely Australia National Meeting 2018.

NPS MedicineWise will host the 10th National Medicines Symposium (NMS) at the National Convention Centre Canberra from
30 May to 1 June, following the Choosing Wisely Australia National Meeting. NMS is the pre-eminent quality use of medicines, diagnostics and health data event in Australia.

Last reviewed 14 February 2018