2018 Choosing Wisely Australia National Meeting

2018 Choosing Wisely Australia National Meeting

National Meeting conference report

Read the full report of the National Meeting by Jennifer Doggett for the Croakey Conference News Service.                                                                                         

About the event

The 2018 Choosing Wisely Australia National Meeting was held on Wednesday 30 May at the National Convention Centre Canberra. The event brought together more than 200 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, participants:

  • Engaged with the Choosing Wisely Australia community and foster the exchange of ideas 
  • Heard about practical and implementable examples of projects on Choosing Wisely and their impact to date
  • Learnt about the impact of Choosing Wisely Australia 

Keynote speaker

Mr Daniel Wolfson was keynote speaker for this event. Mr. Wolfson is ExeDaniel-W-(1).jpgcutive 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.

Master of Ceremonies

Our Master of Ceremonies was Julie McCrossin - broadcaster, journalist and head andMC-Julie-McCrossin-Copy-(1).jpg neck cancer survivor.


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Event Outline

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9:45 – 10:00    Welcome

  • Wally Bell  Ngunawal Elder  ‘Welcome to Country’

10:00 – 10:10   Official opening

  • Dr Lynn Weekes  CEO, NPS MedicineWise

10:15 – 10:25   Choosing Wisely in Australia update

  • Dr Robyn Lindner  Client Relations Manager, Health & Technologies NPS MedicineWise

10:25 – 11:00   Keynote address

  • Daniel Wolfson  Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer ABIM Foundation

11:00 – 11:35   Innovating for culture change

  • Dr David Rosengren  Deputy Executive Director Operations Metro North Hospital and Health Service
  • Camilla Radia-George  Manager, Innovation Projects Safer Care Victoria
  • Daniel Wolfson  Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer ABIM Foundation
  • Dr Walid Jammal  General Practitioner Hills Family General Practice, Lecturer University of Technology Sydney & Western Sydney University
  • Leanne Wells  Chief Executive Officer Consumers Health Forum of Australia

11:35 – 11:55   Networking break

12:00 – 12:30   Lessons learned from Champion Health Services

  • Dr Matthew Anstey  Intensivist Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Chair Choosing Wisely Advisory Group
  • Therese Kelly  Project Manager, Choosing Wisely Gold Coast Health
  • Asmara Jammali-Blasi  Project Lead, Choosing Wisely State Collaborative (Victoria) Austin Hospital
  • Dr Paul Buntine  Emergency Physician Box Hill Hospital

12:30 – 1:00   Changing culture through health professional education and training

  • Dr Derek Sherwood  Ophthalmologist Nelson Eye Specialists, Chair Council of Medical Colleges in New Zealand  
    • ‘Working with students and educators to include Choosing Wisely in medical culture’
  • Karen Thrift  Clinical Services Specialist NPS MedicineWise
    • ‘Implementing Choosing Wisely – role of education outreach visiting (EOV) in general practice’

1:00 – 1:55   Lunch

2:00 – 2:40   Spreading the Choosing Wisely message to engage the healthcare community

  • Vanessa Simpson  Clinical Lead, Choosing Wisely NPS MedicineWise
  • Lyndell Coutts  Communications Lead, Choosing Wisely NPS MedicineWise
    • ‘Shaping a better conversation’
  • Gary Power Deputy Chair, Consumer Advisory Group Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital
  • Dr Paresh Dawda  GP and Director Prestantia Health

2:45 – 3:45   Cutting through the noise: addressing barriers to reducing low value care

  • Joshua Zadro  Physiotherapist, Postdoctoral Research Fellow School of Public Health, Sydney Medical School, The University of Sydney
    • ‘Physiotherapists’ beliefs regarding their association’s Choosing Wisely recommendations’
  • Associate Professor Nola Ries  Faculty of Law, University of Technology Sydney
    • ‘Medico-legal drivers of low value care: It’s more complicated than fear of litigation’
  • Mai Duong  Research Pharmacist, Kolling Institute, Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney
    • ‘Optimising communication with general practitioners to sustain deprescribing decisions in hospital’
  • Malcolm Stringer  General Manager Pathology Queensland
    • ‘A collaborative approach in using casemix to identify variation in clinical pathology services’

3:45 – 4:00   How to get involved & meeting wrap-up

4:00 – 6:30   Joint networking drinks with National Medicine Symposium delegates


Last reviewed 09 January 2019