Choosing Wisely Australia members and supporters

Thanks to all the members and supporters listed below who have joined our journey to more appropriate use of tests, treatments and procedures. Thank you for taking the lead in changing the healthcare culture of 'more is always better'.

If your organisation would like to join Choosing Wisely Australia® and take the lead in improving healthcare, contact us.


Austin Health is a tertiary academic public health service, which provides services to its local catchment and delivers a number of state wide services. Austin Health operates 980 beds across acute, sub-acute and mental health including the Austin Hospital, Olivia Newton-John Cancer & Wellness Centre, Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital and Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Hospital.

Choosing Wisely Australia media centreThe Choosing Wisely initiative at the Austin Hospital is overseen by an expert steering committee and four clinical leads. The first focus for the project will be looking at the appropriate ordering of coagulation studies across the hospital.

The Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine (AChSHM) is a Chapter of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) Adult Internal Medicine Division that connects and represents Sexual Health Medicine Fellows and trainees in Australia and New Zealand.

ACEM is the not-for-profit organisation responsible for training emergency physicians and advancing professional standards in emergency medicine in Australia and New Zealand.

The Australasian Faculty of Occupational & Environmental Medicine (AFOEM) is a Faculty of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) that connects and represents Occupational and Environmental Medicine Fellows and trainees in Australia and New Zealand.

The Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine (AFRM) is a Faculty of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP). AFRM provides training and continuing education for Rehabilitation Medicine Fellows and trainees throughout all stages of their career. AFRM trainees and Fellows are committed to providing high quality rehabilitation care to individuals and communities in Australia and New Zealand.

APEG is the premier professional body representing paediatric endocrinology in Australasia and is committed to high standards of clinical care, advocacy, education, stakeholder relationships and research in paediatric endocrinology. With a broad membership of paediatric endocrinologists and allied health professionals, APEG is underpinned by a number of active subcommittees. We are a collegial society and welcome new members to both APEG membership and also to contribute to the subcommittees and working parties.

The Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases (ASID) Inc. is an independent organisation, founded in Melbourne in 1976 by an eminent group of physicians, pathologists and scientists. Membership encompasses Infectious Diseases Physicians, Clinical Microbiologists, Scientists, Infection Control Practitioners, Public Health Physicians, Sexual Health Physicians, Veterinarians and others eminent in the field of infectious diseases.

ASCIA is the professional body for allergy & clinical immunology in Australia & New Zealand. ASCIA is a member of the World Allergy Organisation (WAO) & is affiliated with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP).

ANZAN aims to ensure that high standards of clinical neurology are practised in Australia and New Zealand by playing an active role in training, continuing education and encouragement of teaching and research.

The Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) ), including the Faculty of Pain Medicine, is one of Australasia's largest specialist medical colleges and is responsible for the training, examination and specialist accreditation of anaesthetists and pain medicine specialists and for the standards of clinical practice.

The Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society is the leading advocate on all intensive care related matters. ANZICS leads the world in intensive care research through its Clinical Trials Group and patient databases, including the Adult Patient Database, the Paediatric Intensive Care Registry and Critical Care Resources.

ANZSGM is the professional society for geriatricians and other medical practitioners with an interest in medical care of older people. The society acts to represent the needs of its members and the wider community in a bid to constantly review and improve the care of the older people in Australia and New Zealand. Its major functions are around education, policy development and review, and political advocacy.

The Australian College of Nursing (ACN) is the national professional organisation for nurses in health and aged care settings. ACN provides nursing expertise to government and key stakeholders, and seeks to enhance the expertise of nurses when providing leadership and contribution to policy, practice and delivery of health care.

The ARA supports and educates members and other practitioners in the musculoskeletal field to enable provision of best possible management for patients. It fosters excellence in the diagnosis and management of musculoskeletal and inflammatory conditions through training, professional development, research and advocacy.

The College of Intensive Care Medicine of Australia and New Zealand is the body responsible for intensive care medicine specialist training and education in Australia and New Zealand. The College offers a minimum six year training program, in both general and paediatric intensive care, with a number of assessments, culminating in Fellowship of the College of Intensive Care Medicine (FCICM).

The Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHF) is the national peak body representing the interests of Australian healthcare consumers. CHF works to achieve safe, quality, timely healthcare for all Australians, supported by accessible health information and systems.

Consumers Health Forum of Australia
CHF is working with Choosing Wisely Australia to ensure consumers understand the importance of having good conversations with their healthcare providers around the appropriate use of tests, treatments and procedures.

 

East Metropolitan Health Service (EMHS) comprises an extensive hospital and health service network that aims to maintain and improve the health and wellbeing of more than 680,000 Western Australians in its catchment area. Our health care network works together to provide a combination of tertiary, secondary, specialist and community health care services, and includes: • Armadale Kalamunda Group, which consists of Armadale Health Service and Kalamunda Hospital; • Royal Perth Bentley Group, which consists of Royal Perth Hospital and Bentley Hospital; • St John of God Midland Public Hospital, operated under a public private partnership with St John of God Health Care; and • Population and community health programs.

(EMHS) launched its ‘Ensuring Essentials’ program in May 2017 which is based on the principles of high value healthcare: minimising medical overuse of tests and procedures that have no value; reducing waste and inefficiencies; reducing unnecessary clinical variation; and driving value by improving quality outcomes for patients.  Projects based on Choosing Wisely initiatives are a key component of the program.   
 
An EMHS Ensuring Essentials Steering Committee comprised of Executive Directors and Directors of Clinical Services from each hospital site and Executive Director Safety and Quality provide strategic direction and operational oversight of the program of work.  Consumer engagement and shared decision-making is also a core aspect of the program. We aim to provide healthcare that is only of high-value to assist in achieving the EMHS vision of ‘healthy people, amazing care’.

The Faculty of Pain Medicine is a faculty of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists and is the professional organisation for specialist pain medicine physicians (Fellows) and specialist pain medicine physicians in training (trainees). The Faculty is responsible for the training, examination and specialist accreditation of specialist pain medicine physicians and for the standards of clinical practice for pain medicine in Australia and New Zealand. Formed in 1998, the Faculty is the first multidisciplinary medical academy in the world to be devoted to education and training in pain medicine.

The Gastroenterological Society of Australia (GESA) sets, promotes and continuously improves the standards of practice, training and research in gastroenterology and hepatology in Australia.

Gold Coast Health delivers a broad range of secondary and tertiary health services across two public hospitals (Gold Coast University Hospital and Robina Hospital), a number of health precincts and community health centres throughout the region. Key primary health services are also offered such as community child health clinics and oral health.

Gold Coast Health
The Choosing Wisely – Pathology project is exploring ways to better manage the demand and improve the quality use of pathology testing at Gold Coast Health. Pathology ordering practices are reviewed with clinical leads to check if they are appropriate, and changes are activated through education, guidelines, and agreements. Central to the project is the desire to improve patient safety and experience.

Founded in 1998, The Haematology Society of Australia and New Zealand (HSANZ) seeks to promote, foster, develop and assist the study and application of information concerning haematology, and to promote improved standards, interest and research in all aspects of haematology.

Health Consumers Alliance of SA Inc was established in 2002 as the peak health consumer organisation in South Australia. We are a member-based, independent, not-for-profit organisation, funded by SA Health.

Health Consumers Alliance of SA
We work with our members and supporters to achieve our vision: Consumers at the centre of health in South Australia. 

Healthdirect Australia provides trusted health information and advice online and over the phone (1800 022 222), available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Funded by the Governments of Australia.

Healthdirect Australia
Healthdirect is working with Choosing Wisely Australia to ensure consumers have access to the high-quality, evidence-based advice they need to make better health decisions.
 

The Human Genetics Society of Australasia was formed in 1977 to provide a forum for the various disciplines collected under the title of Human Genetics. The HGSA is a full member of the International Federation of Human Genetics Societies and domestically we work closely with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia as well as other groups through the Pathology Associations Council.

IMSANZ represents over 700 Consultant Physicians and trainees in Internal Medicine (also known as General Medicine or General and Acute Care Medicine) within Australia and New Zealand. The Society provides a mechanism for developing the academic and professional profile of general medicine and seeks to advocate for, and sponsor the educational training, research and workforce requirements of general internal medicine.

The Mackay Hospital and Health Service is a contemporary organisation with over 2000 employees, providing extensive health services in a range of regional, community and rural settings, to a population of around 180,000 people.

Medical Oncology Group of Australia (MOGA) is the peak representative body for medical oncologists in Australia. The Association works closely with Government, health organisations, affiliated international associations and societies, industry, consumer advocacy groups and learned colleges throughout Australia to improve and develop the profession of medical oncology and the management of cancer nationwide.

Metro South Hospital and Health Service (MSH) is a major provider of public health services in Queensland serving an estimated one million people in one of Australia’s fastest growing regions – the Brisbane south side, Logan, Redlands and Scenic Rim regions. MSH has five hospitals and a number of health centres throughout the region and is Australia's first digital public health service. Home to the world-class Princess Alexandra Hospital research precinct, MSH is leading the way in translational research, trialling outcomes in a safe clinical environment.

Value-based care has long been a strategic priority for Metro South Hospital and Health Service in ensuring patients receive the best health care and treatment outcomes. MSH’s Board, Executive and clinical leaders wholeheartedly support Choosing Wisely as the preferred approach to value-based health care.  Internal structures are in place including the Clinical Lead Advisory Group providing oversight of the program. The MSH Consumer Network will provide direction and advice regarding appropriate ways to engage and educate consumers regarding the Choosing Wisely program. 

Monash Health is Victoria’s largest public health service, with major hospitals including Monash Medical Centre, Monash Children’s Hospital, Dandenong Hospital, Casey Hospital, Moorabbin Hospital, the Kingston Centre, and a large number of community-based sites. Monash Health provides care across the entire life-span from newborn and children, to adults, the elderly, their families and carers. Monash Health is part of Monash Partners, one of only four Advanced Health Research and Translation Centres in the country.

Monash Health is proud to be part of the Choosing Wisely campaign, which places patients at the very centre of a conversation about what care is truly needed.

Northern Health is the major provider of acute, sub-acute and ambulatory specialist services in Melbourne’s northern region, one of the fastest growing communities in Australia. Our acute and sub-acute health services cover over 555,000 people in our primary and secondary catchment areas, and we offer a range of in-patient and outpatient services to people at all stages of life. Northern Health covers five campuses; Northern Hospital Epping, Broadmeadows Hospital, Bundoora, Craigieburn, and Panch Health Service.

Northern Health are committed to the wellbeing of the people of Melbourne's North. They draw upon the richness, knowledge and strength of northern communities as they partner with them in care.  

Peninsula Health serves the metropolitan and regional areas on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula. With two hospitals, several sub-acute facilities and community health, the organisation provides a wide range of integrated services to the catchment population of 300 000 people. In addition to providing quality, accessible health care we are a teaching hospital with a strong commitment to medical research and an emerging focus on chronic disease and ageing health.

Peninsula Health sees affiliation with the Choosing Wisely campaign as an exciting opportunity to rationalise our use of pathology testing, imaging and medications. The initial priority will be a focus on pathology ordering and patient benefits.

The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) is the peak national professional pharmacy organisation and represents Australia’s 30,000 pharmacists working in all sectors and locations. PSA’s core functions include: providing continuing professional development, education and practice support; developing and advocating standards and guidelines; and representing pharmacists’ role as frontline health professionals.

The Paediatrics & Child Health Division represents 4,500 Fellows and Trainees of The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP). We aim to improve the health and wellbeing of neonates, infants and children as well as adolescents and young adults (known as young people) through education and training, research, and policy and advocacy.

RACS is the leading advocate for surgical standards, professionalism and surgical education in Australia and New Zealand. The College is a not-for-profit organisation that represents more than 7000 surgeons and 1300 surgical trainees and International Medical Graduates.

Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital (RBWH) is the largest tertiary referral hospital in Queensland with a number of specialities including medicine, surgery, orthopaedics, psychiatry, oncology, trauma and women’s and newborn services. RBWH fulfils a significant teaching and research role with links to Queensland’s major tertiary institutions. As the largest hospital in the Metro North Hospital and Health Service, it is located at Herston and provides state-of-the-art health care services for more than one tenth of all patient services across the state.

Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital
RBWH has challenged all parts of the organisation to think differently about the way healthcare is delivered. A centralised project team will guide the successful implementation and sustainability of new initiatives and interventions.
 

The Royal Perth Bentley Group consists of two hospitals, Royal Perth Hospital (RPH) and Bentley Health Service (BHS). RPH is a premier tertiary teaching hospital in the state of Western Australia, well-renowned for its innovation and excellence in international medical research. BHS is a specialist rehabilitation service and is the largest Mental Health provider in the State.

The Choosing Wisely initiative at RPBG is overseen and supported by the RPBG executive and senior clinical leaders. The initiative is looking at a variety of streams including pathology and imaging. In collaboration with clinicians, best practice standardised clinical care pathways are being developed for common conditions to reduce variation and improve the quality of care and clinical outcomes for our patients.

The Sir Charles Gairdner Osborne Park Health Care Group (SCGOPHCG) services the north metropolitan suburbs of Perth through two public hospitals, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and Osborne Park Hospital. At SCGOPHCG our vision is to provide exceptional care from dedicated people and we are committed to implementing evidence-based medicine with clinical practice to achieve safe, high quality, cost effective patient care. Both hospitals are fully accredited by the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards.

Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital 
The Choosing Wisely Australia – Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI) De-prescribing Project is promoting the understanding amongst Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital clinicians of the need for a clinical indication for long term PPI use.

An education program and de-prescribing flowchart is assisting hospital clinicians to identify patients who, based on clinical indications, may benefit from a review of their PPI prescription. Instructions on the patient’s discharge summary inform their GP of the treatment plan, which includes advice on when to review or discontinue PPI treatment.

The Society of Obstetric Medicine of Australia and New Zealand aims to advance clinical and scientific knowledge of hypertensive diseases and medical disorders in pregnancy and to foster collaboration with other regional and international societies interested in hypertension in pregnancy and obstetric medicine.

South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD) covers nine Local Government Areas from Sydney's Central Business District to the Royal National Park, with a culturally and linguistically diverse population of more than 930,000 people. SESLHD manages eight public hospitals and one public nursing home. Staff strive to provide excellence in healthcare and uphold a high standard of care for all patients, families, carers and visitors to its facilities.

South Eastern Sydney Local Health District is committed to delivering high quality and appropriate care to its patients and community and being part of Choosing Wisely is one way we can deliver our promise of delivering the right care at the right time.

Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service (SCHHS) is transforming the way it delivers care to its communities. It includes Queensland’s newest tertiary hospital, the $1.8 billion Sunshine Coast University Hospital, and is the only health service in the state to deliver rural, regional and tertiary healthcare to its community. SCHHS is the major provider of public health services, health education and research in the Sunshine Coast, Gympie and Noosa local government areas. The SCHHS provides a range of hospital-based specialty and sub specialty services in surgery, medicine, mental health, women’s health and paediatrics. It also provides community and subacute services.

SCHHS has joined the Choosing Wisely Australia initiative as the planned further significant expansion of clinical services in the near future offers a unique opportunity to ensure patient care is delivered in way that is as safe, patient-centred and efficient as possible.

The Australasian College of Dermatologists was established in 1966 as the medical college responsible for the training and professional development of medical practitioners in the speciality of dermatology.

The Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians (ACSEP) is the pre-eminent professional body representing Sport and Exercise Physicians and Sport and Exercise Medicine in Australasia. The ACSEP is dedicated to providing a robust training experience for its Registrars whilst advancing the skills of its members through evidence based practice.

ASCEPT is the professional and independent Society in Australia and New Zealand with expertise in the use and toxicity of medicines and chemicals. Established in 1966, ASCEPT is affiliated with the International Union of Basic and Clinical Pharmacology (IUPHAR) and the International Union of Toxicology (IUTOX).

​The Australia and New Zealand Child Neurology Society (ANZCNS) is a collaborative group of medical professionals working in the field of paediatric neurology or in allied neurosciences who are working to advance the science of paediatric neurology and advocate for improved care for young people with neurological disorders.

The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) is the peak body representing the interests of Australian physiotherapists and their patients. The APA is a national organisation with non-autonomous state and territory branches and specialty subgroups. The organisation has more than 19,000 members and over 300 members in volunteer positions on committees or working parties.

Royal Australian College of Surgeons is the leading advocate for surgical standards, professionalism and surgical education in Australia and New Zealand. The College is a not-for-profit organisation that represents more than 7000 surgeons and 1300 surgical trainees and International Medical Graduates. RACS also supports healthcare and surgical education in the Asia- Pacific region and is a substantial funder of surgical research. There are nine surgical specialties in Australasia being: Cardiothoracic surgery, General surgery, Neurosurgery, Orthopaedic surgery, Otolaryngology Head-and-Neck surgery, Paediatric surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive surgery, Urology and Vascular surgery.

The Endocrine Society of Australia (ESA) is a national non-profit organisation of scientists and clinicians who conduct research and practice in the field of Endocrinology. The society was founded in 1958 and incorporated in 1986 in the State of Victoria.

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) aims to better the health of individuals and the community by training quality Physicians. The RACP connects and represents over 14,950 Physicians, often referred to as Medical Specialists, and 6,500 Trainee Physicians in Australia and New Zealand.

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians website
RACP is participating in Choosing Wisely Australia by coordinating the involvement of their members and specialty societies.
 

RANZCOG is the leading standards body responsible for the training and education of specialists and GP obstetricians in obstetrics and gynaecology across Australia and New Zealand. RANZCOG has just over 4,600 members; 2,019 active specialists (1,741 practising in Australia and 278 in New Zealand); 2,512 Diplomates; and 83 Certificate of Women’s Health holders.

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) is the leading medical eye specialist organisation in Australia and New Zealand. RANZCO’s mission is to drive improvements in eye health care through continuing exceptional training, education, research and advocacy.

RANZCR is a non-profit association that delivers skills, knowledge, and insight to promote the science and practice of the medical specialties of clinical radiology (diagnostic and interventional) and radiation oncology.

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) is Australia’s largest professional general practice organisation and represents urban and rural general practitioners. We represent more than 30,000 members working in or towards a career in general practice. There are more than 125 million general practice consultations taking place annually in Australia.

RCPA is the leading organisation representing pathologists and senior laboratory scientists in Australasia. Its mission is to train and support pathologists and to improve the use of pathology testing to achieve better healthcare.

The Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia (SHPA) is the national professional organisation for more than 3,000 pharmacists, pharmacists in training, pharmacy technicians and associates working across Australia’s health system.

The South Metropolitan Health Service (SMHS) delivers hospital and community-based public health care services across the southern half of Perth. SMHS is also home to several state-wide services. Our hospital network includes Fiona Stanley Hospital, Rockingham General Hospital, Fremantle Hospital, Murray District Hospital and Peel Health Campus.

The South Metropolitan Health Service (SMHS) 

The SMHS Choosing Wisely Initiative is overseen by a Clinical Lead and supported by the Executive and senior clinical leaders. The first focus is to identify pilot projects to implement within SMHS to contribute to our vision of excellent health care, every time.

The WACHS Wheatbelt region covers an area of about 155,000 square kilometres to the north, south and east of Perth ranging from the coast north of Perth, east to the boundaries of the Goldfields, and south to the Great Southern Region. It is home to around 77,000 people. Our health services include four integrated district hospitals, 18 small hospitals, two primary health care demonstration sites and 15 health centres, nursing posts and clinics that provide emergency care, acute and sub-acute inpatient care, aged care, mental health and population and community health.

WACHS - Wheatbelt
Our vision is ‘Giving the best care in the best place’. Our embrace of the Choosing Wisely venture has enabled us to improve access to definitive care for newly diagnosed stroke patients. It has also engaged regional clinicians in identifying opportunities to improve other aspects of rural health care.

The Women’s and Children’s Health Network (WCHN) is South Australia's leading provider of health services for children, young people and women; and works in partnership with its clients and families, the community and other service providers to promote, maintain and restore health.

Last reviewed 13 October 2016