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.

The Armadale Kalamunda Group (AKG) is part of the East Metropolitan Health Service (EMHS) and incorporates Armadale Health Service, Armadale Mental Health Service and Kalamunda District Community Hospital. AKG is located in the outer metropolitan area of Perth.

The Armadale Health Service is a 250 bed general hospital and offers a range of speciality services including a busy emergency department, the Armadale Mental Health Service is a 41 bed service, providing care to adults and older adults both inpatients and in the community and Kalamunda District Community Hospital is a 39 bed hospital and provides low risk endoscopy and specialist Palliative Care.

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 Nurse Practitioners (ACNP) is the national peak body for Nurse Practitioners and Advanced Practice Nurses in Australia. The ACNP is active in advancing nursing practice and improving access to health care.

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 Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) is the only College in Australia dedicated to rural and remote medicine. We are committed to delivering sustainable, high-quality health services to rural and remote communities by providing quality education programs, innovative support, and strong representation for doctors who serve those communities.

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.

Bendigo Health (BH) is a regional health service in northwest Victoria with a catchment area covering a quarter of the size of the state. The three main campuses of Bendigo Health are in Bendigo, with many services extended to regional settings including areas such as Mildura, Echuca, Swan Hill, Kyneton and Castlemaine. A 724-bed service, BH provides services in emergency, maternity, women’s health, medical imaging, pathology, rehabilitation, community services, residential aged care, psychiatric care, community dental, hospice, palliative care, cardiology, cancer services and renal dialysis to the people of the Loddon Mallee region. In addition to operating a large acute hospital we offer subacute services including inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, a regional psychiatric service, residential care, specialist clinics, dialysis and a range of outreach services.

Bendigo Health is proud to partner with Choosing Wisely Australia as a Champion Health Service member.  Our goal is to improve the quality of healthcare delivery through the application of evidence based care, enhanced by collaboration across the member Health Services and our collective contribution to the knowledge base that this initiative is accumulating.   

Cabrini is a Catholic, private, not-for-profit provider of health and health-related services sponsored by the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Cabrini Health has a comprehensive range of health services in hospital care, community-based care and health promotion. There are acute facilities at Malvern, Prahran and Brighton, a residential aged-care home at Ashwood and a rehabilitation service at Elsternwick. The Cabrini Institute supports education and research, in order to continually improve the quality of care and educate tomorrow’s health professionals

In alignment with Cabrini’s strategic priority of value based care, Cabrini Health is proud to be part of the Choosing Wisely campaign. A governance committee will oversee development and implementation of Choosing Wisely activities at Cabrini.

The Child and Adolescent Health Service (CAHS) includes Community Health and Mental Health services to children and adolescents in the Perth metropolitan area as well as Perth Children’s Hospital, WA’s only tertiary paediatric hospital.

Child and Adolescent Health Service

CAHS is launching a High-value Healthcare program that will provide the platform for CAHS to improve efficiencies, enhance value to the health service, review unwanted clinical variation and eliminate or minimise waste.  The CAHS High-value Healthcare program will lay the foundations to ensure that value for patients and families is a key consideration for decision-making that is embedded into all aspects of our service.

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.


Darling Downs Health provides public hospital and healthcare services to nearly 300,000 people from 29 facilities, which includes one large regional referral hospital, one extended inpatient mental health service, three medium sized regional hub hospitals, twelve rural hospitals, three multipurpose health services, three community outpatient clinics and six residential aged care facilities

Darling Downs Health
Darling Downs Health identified the Choosing Wisely initiative as innovative means of providing improved care to our patients by simply starting the conversation. It is a key opportunity to get on board with other health services to support the continued improvement of patient-centred services to improve outcomes for all our patients.

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.

Goulburn Valley (GV) Health is the Regional Public Health Service for the Hume Region of Victoria, with main campuses located at Shepparton, Tatura and Rushworth and additional sites in Shepparton, Seymour, Benalla, Cobram, Echuca and Wodonga. GV Health provides a range of acute, mental health, aged and primary health and community support services across the West Hume Sub Region. The main campus in Shepparton is the major acute referral site for the sub region.

Goulburn Valley Health
The Choosing Wisely initiative at GVH is looking at a variety of work streams including pathology and imaging with the intention to grow the initiative to include department based projects. In collaboration with clinicians, our focus is to implement evidence based clinical care frameworks to reduce practice variation and improve the quality of service delivery, communication and clinical outcomes for our patients and to empower patients to have a conversation regarding their care.

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.

The Health Care Consumers’ Association (HCCA) provides a voice for consumers on health issues and opportunities for health care consumers to participate in all levels of health service planning, policy development, research and decision making. HCCA is a health promotion charity and the peak consumer advocacy organisation in the Canberra region.

Health Care Consumers’ Association
HCCA supports Choosing Wisely Australia as a way to encourage consumers and health care providers to talk about the benefits and risks of harm from tests, treatments and procedures. We want consumers to be in control of our health and Choosing Wisely Australia can play a role in achieving this.

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. 

Health Consumers Queensland is the peak organisation representing the interests of health consumers and carers in the state. We are committed to a health system which delivers quality and safe health services and values the voice of consumers in how health services are designed and delivered.

Health Consumers Queensland believe that it’s vital to ensure that consumers don’t have to have unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures where evidence shows they provide no benefit, or in some cases, lead to harm.  Choosing Wisely Australia is a fantastic way to educate consumers and clinicians about what these are and how to have conversations which can help us avoid them.  We look forward sharing Choosing Wisely’s resources with consumers and carers in our Network, and enabling them to be part of the creation of tools to reduce overtreatment and overdiagnosis.

The Health Consumers’ Council (WA) Inc, HCC for short is an independent, not for profit organisation passionate about ensuring the Western Australian health consumer is at the heart of our state’s health care system.¬¬¬ We provide an independent individual advocacy service, as well as an engagement program to support positive partnerships between health services and consumers. This supports our role as a systemic advocacy voice for Western Australians.

HCC supports Choosing Wisely as we are passionate about informed consent for health consumers, and see the Five Questions to Ask Your Doctor as an important tool to transform conversations about accessing health care. We believe consumer involvement will build on Choosing Wisely’s success to date.

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.

Joondalup Health Campus (JHC) is the major hospital for Perth’s northern corridor, treating both public and private patients.

Joondalup Health Campus
The campus provides specialist services for the entire family from birth through to old age and comprises a standalone private hospital and a co-located hospital that provides public patient services. With a combined total of 722 licensed beds and bays, JHC is one of the largest hospitals in Western Australia.

The Mackay Hospital and Health Service (MHHS) is a contemporary organisation on the east coast of Central Queensland, aiming to deliver outstanding health care services to our communities, with an estimated population of 180,000 people. The MHHS encompasses eight hospitals and four community health facilities, with over 2,000 staff working across a range of regional, community and rural settings.

Mackay Hospital and Health Service
The MHHS is home to the Mackay Institute of Research and Innovation (MIRI), an emerging translational research and innovation centre. The MIRIs goal is to improve the overall quality of health care delivery, enabling the best possible health outcomes through the translation of research discoveries into clinical practice. The MIRI provides clinicians with both methodological and practical facilitation services to support the implementation of evidence based catalyst projects, such as Choosing Wisely.

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.

Public Health Services, Department of Health Tasmania operates state-wide, with the primary purpose of increasing the number of Tasmanians who experience good health and are free from preventable ill health, harms and injury. Our functions include health protection, health promotion, disease and injury prevention, population health assessment, monitoring and surveillance, emergency preparedness and promoting public health research.

As a Supporter of Choosing Wisely, Public Health Services, Tasmania commits to:
  • Building consumer health literacy and engagement
  • Delivering an effective immunisation strategy
  • Supporting evidence based preventive activities in primary care
  • Controlling appropriate use of low benefit, high risk drugs

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.

The Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators (RACMA) is a specialist medical college that provides education, training, knowledge and advice in medical management. Recognised by the Australian and New Zealand Medical Councils, it delivers programs to medical managers and other medical practitioners who are training for or occupying Specialist Leadership or Administration positions. It is the only recognised way you can become a Fellow in the Speciality of Medical Administration.

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.

RHH is Tasmania’s largest hospital and its major referral centre. As the major clinical teaching and research centre, it works closely with the University of Tasmania and other institutions. RHH provides acute, sub acute, mental health and aged care inpatient and ambulatory services to a population of about 250,000 people in the southern region.

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.

The South Metropolitan Health Service (SMHS) delivers hospital and community-based public health care services to a population of more than 659,000 people across the southern half of Perth, along with a number of state-wide services.

The SMHS network includes Fiona Stanley Hospital, a 783-bed tertiary hospital providing the highest level of care, often treating those with serious injuries or life-threatening conditions, Fremantle Hospital, a 300—bed specialist hospital, Rockingham General Hospital providing services across a range of medical specialties, the 15-bed Murray District Hospital and Peel Health Campus as a public/private hospital.

The Choosing Wisely Initiative within the South Metropolitan Health Service (SMHS) is being overseen by Dr Simon Towler, Clinical Lead with support from the Executive and senior clinical leaders. The first focus is to identify pilot projects to implement within SMHS to contribute to building a Towards Zero Harm patient and staff safety culture and our vision of “excellent health care, every time

St John of God Midland Public and Private Hospitals provides acute, sub-acute and mental health services for patients in the Perth East Metropolitan and Wheatbelt regions.

The 307-bed public hospital and 60-bed private hospital aims to provide exceptional care to patients and an extensive range of services to the local community. As part of its focus on enhancing patient outcomes, the hospital executive is committed to the Choosing Wisely initiative and reducing unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures for patients.
The hospital is part of St John of God Health Care, which is Australia’s largest not-for-profit health care provider. 

St Vincent’s Hospital is one of five A1 tertiary hospitals in Melbourne. The Hospital provides general medical and surgical, specialist medical and surgical, state-wide services, extensive training and research and operates an area mental health service for northern and eastern corridors. The facility has extensive networks in rural and regional Victoria and is a major provider of correctional health services.

St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne is committed to the Choosing Wisely initiative and improving patient outcomes through reducing the use of unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures.

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.

Swan Hill District Health (SHDH) is a fully integrated rural public health service located on the Murray River 344 km northwest of Melbourne. With a combined total of 143 beds, we service a 100 km radius area with an estimated catchment area of around 35,000 people. SHDH provides a range of acute, emergency, aged, primary health and community support services across the Murray Mallee region of Victoria.

Our setting challenges us to consider the location and physical environment in provision of appropriate services and person centered care. SHDH is committed to providing quality, evidence based practice while empowering consumers in line with Choosing Wisely principles and recommendations.

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.

The Royal Children's Hospital (RCH) is the major specialist paediatric hospital in Victoria with care extending to children from Tasmania, southern New South Wales and other states around Australia and overseas. The hospital campus brings together six levels of clinical, research and education facilities in partnership with the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and University of Melbourne Department of Paediatrics.

The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne
The Choosing Wisely project at the RCH is overseen by an expert steering committee and an experienced clinical lead together with input from the RCH’s electronic medical record and data teams. The project will initially focus on the appropriate ordering of chest X-rays and medications for the treatment of bronchiolitis (a viral chest infection in babies). Bronchiolitis is a common reason for admission to the RCH and accounts for a significant proportion of the 88,000 children seen annually within our busy emergency department.

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 Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ) is the only health peak body representing a range of professions (medical specialists, scientists, researchers, academics, nurses, physiotherapists, students and others) across various disciplines within the respiratory/sleep medicine field in Australia and New Zealand.

The Townsville Hospital and Health Service is the largest healthcare provider in northern Australia providing specialised acute, community and outreach services to a catchment population of more than 695,000 people from the Northern Territory border to the Torres Strait Islands.

Locally, the health service provides quality public healthcare, clinical education and research to a residential population of approximately 250,000 people across a geographical footprint of 148,000 square kilometres.
The health service employs more than 6,400 clinical and non-clinical staff who deliver person-centred care defined by quality, safety and compassion to the diverse communities of North Queensland.


West Gippsland Healthcare Group provides acute medical and surgical, obstetric, emergency, community and aged care services.

West Gippsland Healthcare Group

Provides acute medical and surgical, obstetric, emergency, community and aged care services, primarily in the Shire of Baw Baw, approximately 100 kms east of Melbourne.

Our role as a member of Choosing Wisely is to work with the group and other organisations to improve the quality of healthcare by eliminating unnecessary and sometimes harmful tests, treatments, and procedures.


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.

Western Health provides a comprehensive, integrated range of services from its various sites; ranging from acute tertiary services in areas of emergency medicine, intensive care, medical and surgical services, through to subacute care and specialist ambulatory clinics. Western Health provides a combination of hospital and community-based services to aged, adult and paediatric patients and newborn babies. Employing nearly 6500 staff Western Health has a strong philosophy of working with its local community to deliver excellence in patient care.

The Choosing Wisely initiative at Western Hospital is overseen and supported by an expert steering committee chaired by the Executive Director Chief Medical Officer role with strong support from senior clinical leads. The first focus for Choosing Wisely at Western Health will focus on the six RANZCR adult recommendations within Medical Imaging, by encouraging the use of the recommended clinical decision making rules. To support the project the 5 Choosing Wisely questions will be promoted in order to empower and encourage both patients and staff to have a conversation regarding the care being provided.

Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service (WBHHS) strives to deliver quality health care for the Wide Bay region in a way that responds to community needs, providing the right service, at the right time, in the right place. We take seriously our mandate to support people in the Wide Bay region to live the healthiest lives possible. WBHHS operates 3 hospitals and 8 rural hospital and health facilities.

WBHHS is committed to improving health care delivery by supporting clinicians to engage in high quality, evidence based practice underpinned by Choosing Wisely principles and recommendations. A Choosing Wisely Project Steering Committee has been formed to oversee the implementation of Test Wisely, Image Wisely and Prescribe Wisely initiatives, all of which seek to address and reduce unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures.

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 06 May 2019