Choosing Wisely Update - April 2019

10 Apr 2019

Insights and achievements in latest Choosing Wisely Australia report

Conversations for change is the latest report on the implementation of the Choosing Wisely initiative in Australia.

The report features insights from health professionals, researchers and consumer health advocates who are committed to the long-term sustainability of the initiative and its potential for a widespread culture change around the use of unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures among Australian healthcare providers and consumers. 

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BCV Collaboration hosts Choosing Wisely Week

Health Services participating in Choosing Wisely through the Better Care Victoria Scaling Collaboration dedicated a week in March to raising awareness of the initiative among staff and consumers and showcasing their efforts as part of the collaboration.

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Recognition for RBWH Emergency and Trauma Team

The outstanding efforts of the Emergency and Trauma Centre’s Choosing Wisely Team at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital (RBWH) has been recognised with the first Choosing Wisely Champions Awards, after implementing a range of projects to reduce unnecessary healthcare for patients and improve clinical efficiencies.

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Our newest members

We are excited to welcome our latest members and supporters to the Choosing Wisely initiative:

Cabrini Health (Vic)
Chiropractic Australia
Health Care Consumers’ Association (ACT)
Health Consumers Queensland
Public Health Services, Department of Health Tasmania
St John of God Midland Health Care (WA)
Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service (Qld)


Don’t miss these events

2019 Choosing Wisely Australia National Meeting: 30 May, Melbourne

We’d love you to join us at this year’s Choosing Wisely Australia National Meeting and share in valuable insights and discussions about addressing low-value and unnecessary healthcare.

Register at an Early Bird rate (until Thusrday 18 April) and view the program



Preventing Overdiagnosis 2019: 4-7 December, Sydney 

You might also be interested in Wiser Healthcare’s Preventing Overdiagnosis conference to be held in December.


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New resources for clinicians and consumers

A range of new resources are available from NPS MedicineWise and Choosing Wisely Australia to support healthcare providers and consumers in their diagnosis and decision making.

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New articles on Choosing Wisely

  • Last month, MJA InSight featured an article about lessons learned from the implementation of Choosing Wisely in Australian hospitals. Read the article
  • The Commonwealth Fund, an American foundation working to promote a high-performing health care system, has also published an article showcasing examples from countries implementing Choosing Wisely. Read it here 

Last reviewed 05 April 2019