2019 Choosing Wisely Australia National Meeting

2019 Choosing Wisely Australia National Meeting

About the National Meeting

The 2019 Choosing Wisely Australia National Meeting, hosted by NPS MedicineWise, was held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Brunton Avenue, Richmond, on Thursday 30 May.

This annual event brings together Choosing Wisely members and supporters, policy makers, consumer advocates and other healthcare influencers for an interactive day of discussion, including highlights, challenges and opportunities as the initiative continues to grow.

Participants have the opportunity to network with representatives from organisations implementing the initiative and to find out more about how you can become involved in helping to address practices of low-value and unnecessary healthcare.


Professor Trish Greenhalgh as our keynote speaker - Professor of Primary Care Health Sciences and Fellow of Green Templeton College at the University of Oxford.



Craig Reucassel – speaker, writer and comedian best known for his work on ABC’s TV program War on Waste and with The Chaser.


Conference report

Read the full conference report from the Croakey Conference News Service

Video presentations

Photo gallery

Photos by Mohammad Lokmanuzzaman

Program outline   

Choosing Wisely - From consultations to conversations

8.30am Registrations Open
9.30am Welcome to Country
9.45am Official Opening: Conversations for Changing Behaviour
Master of Ceremonies and Event Facilitator Craig Reucassel in conversation with CEO NPS MedicineWise,         Adj A/Prof Steve Morris
10.05am Keynote Presentation: Professor Trish Greenhalgh
The challenges of spread and scale-up: implementation science, complexity science and social science
Facilitated Q&A

Award Presentation
Best student abstract submission: Awarded by Trish Greenhalgh

11.05am Morning Tea
Sustaining the Choosing Wisely Movement
Choosing Wisely in Health Services: Insights from the Better Care Victoria Scaling Collaboration

Introduction: Dr Doug Travis - Chair, Better Care Victoria Board
Sustaining Choosing Wisely at an organisational level: Tammy Dinh, Senior Project Officer at Safer Care Victoria and Asmara Jammali-Blasi, Project Lead, Choosing Wisely Victorian Collaboration​

Lightning Presentations
  1. Clare Hammer: Continuous Improvement Coach, St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne - Choosing Wisely – Setting the scene at St Vincent's Hospital
  2. Julia Firth: Operations Manager Medical Imaging and Pathology Contract, Western Health - Reducing the       noise to engage consumers and referrers to Western Health Medical Imaging
Consumer Insights: Pip Brennan, Executive Director,Health Consumers’ Council, WA and Jan Donovan, Board member, Consumers Health Forum of Australia
Facilitated panel discussion and audience Q&A
1.00pm Lunch
2.00pm Resources and toolkits available to support Choosing Wisely activities
Craig Reucassel
2.20pm Lightning Presentation Series

Engagement and activation: Short talks exploring avenues for addressing low-value care and methodologies for success

  1. Danielle Muscat: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, University of Sydney​ - Helping people to choose wisely: A pilot study of methods to engage consumers in health decisions across health literacy levels
  2. Adj A/Prof Matthew Anstey: Intensive Care Specialist and Co-Director of ICU Research at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Perth and Chair, Choosing Wisely Australia Advisory Group - Tailoring the use of opioids on discharge from hospital
  3. Alice Bhasale: Senior Project Officer, Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care
    Colonoscopy and Australian healthcare services - changing the standard of care wisely
  4. ​A/Prof Ian Scott: Director of Internal Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology, Princess Alexandra Hospital - A sociocognitive approach to changing clinician behaviour and reducing low value care
  5. Jonathan Kaufman: PhD Student, University of Melbourne - Yes Wee Can: better urine sample collection for young pre-continent children
  6. Deb Mitchell: Manager, Partnerships and Service Design, Monash Health - Moving past the panic – healthcare staff responses to disinvestment – A systematic search and qualitative thematic synthesis
  7. Wee Loon Ong: Clinical Research Fellow, Austin Health - Evaluating the impact of the Choosing Wisely radiation oncology recommendations using the Victorian Radiotherapy Minimum Data Set
3.45pm Event Wrap Up and Next Steps – how to get involved
Craig Reucassel
4.00pm Networking Drinks
5.30pm Event Closes



Last reviewed 09 July 2019