2019 Choosing Wisely Australia National Meeting

2019 Choosing Wisely Australia National Meeting

About the National Meeting

On behalf of NPS MedicineWise, Choosing Wisely Australia invites you to our 2019 National Meeting to be held at the EPICURE 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.

You’ll 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.

Keynote speaker

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



MC and facilitator

Joining us as MC and event facilitator is Craig Reucassel – speaker, writer and comedian best known for his work on ABC’s TV program War on Waste and with The Chaser.



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 Clinical Governance, 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


Register for the event

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.

Register here



Registration for the 2019 National Meeting includes the following:

  • attendance at all sessions
  • morning tea and lunch
  • networking drinks

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
by Thursday 18 April 2019
Late registration
from Friday 19 April 2019
Amount $190 $300


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 2019, 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 cwa2019@expertevents.com.au.

Cancellations and refund policy

Cancellations must be advised in writing by emailing the National Meeting secretariat at cwa2019@expertevents.com.au.

Registration cancellations received by Thursday, 18 April 2019 will receive a refund of registration fees, less an administrative charge of $50. Refunds for cancellations received after Thursday, 18 April 2019 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 cwa2019@expertevents.com.au.

Abstract submissions have closed

We invited abstract submissions (maximum of 300 words) that highlight advances and learnings in supporting the Choosing Wisely Australia initiative. These submissions could be accepted as abstracts for posters or lightening talks based on the following streams:
  • cutting through the “noise” to engage consumers and health professionals in Choosing Wisely
  • changing culture through health professional education and training
  • evidence of practice change: achievements and lessons learned from primary to tertiary care
  • innovative ideas to measure or evaluate impact of Choosing Wisely.

Health professional student prize

A prize will be awarded for the best abstract submitted by a student studying within the healthcare profession.

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.

Next steps

Abstract authors will be notified of the success of their abstract on Wednesday 20 March 2019.

View your abstract submission here


Last reviewed 23 May 2019