10 Apr 2019
NPS MedicineWise has released the 2018 Choosing Wisely Australia Report: Conversations for change
, which showcases the progress and achievements of the initiative to date.
As well as perspectives from key influencers engaged in the initiative, the report highlights the main drivers of unnecessary healthcare, including challenges facing healthcare providers in being able to access patient information, including test results from clinicians in other settings. It also details highlights in 2018, including the scale-up of Choosing Wisely in 11 Victorian health services funded by the State Government.
Launching the report
Adj A/Prof Steve Morris, Chief Executive Officer of NPS MedicineWise, said it was a transformative time in the evolution of Choosing Wisely, with interest continuing to grow among the health profession and wider community, including new areas of healthcare research, education and advocacy.
“Ultimately the goal is ensuring less people are undergoing healthcare they don’t need and improving the quality and safety of our healthcare system,” he said.
He has recognised the significant efforts of Choosing Wisely’s committed members and supporters who are collaborating to influence a national culture change around low-value and unnecessary healthcare, while encouraging individuals and organisations to explore opportunities to become involved.