Choosing Wisely Update - April 2017

18 Apr 2017

Last chance to register for our National Meeting

Registrations for the Choosing Wisely Australia National Meeting 2017 will close this Friday 21 April, so please register now to avoid missing out. This event is open to members, health professionals, consumer advocates and interested observers. 

Our program will feature a Keynote Address by the Australian Government’s Chief Medical Officer Professor Brendan Murphy. There will also be presentations on best practice implementation of Choosing Wisely among the health profession and in the hospital setting, as well as panel discussions on evidence-based approaches to improve the health system, and consumer engagement.

This event will take place just a few days after the second anniversary of Choosing Wisely’s introduction in Australia and will be a great opportunity to celebrate our progress, and talk about implementation of the initiative as we move toward the next milestone. See the program outline and register here.

Austin Health End of Life forum

Austin Health, a Choosing Wisely Australia Champion Health Service, will be holding an afternoon forum for patients, families and clinicians focussing on End of Life Care, on Wednesday 3 May. This will include discussion around resources, communication and information that patients, and their family members, want as they approach the end of their lives.

The forum will cover the Choosing Wisely Australia recommendations surrounding End of Life Care, as well as an audience Q&A with an expert panel of clinicians. The event is free to attend, but registration is essential. Clinicians are welcome, however seating is limited. Register for the forum here.

New member: Sports and Exercise Physicians

We are pleased to welcome the Australasian College of Sports and Exercise Physicians as the newest member of Choosing Wisely Australia. With this new addition, 80% of Australia’s medical colleges are on board with the initiative. We look forward to building on our relationship with our new member.
Read more about ACSEP here.

Launch of 10 new recommendations

On Monday 20 March, Choosing Wisely Australia launched 10 new recommendations about tests, treatments and procedures that should be questioned as we work to eliminate unnecessary health care practices.

Five recommendations were developed by the Australia and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists and featured considerations on surgery for the obese and elderly. Five recommendations from The Australian Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery (ASOHNS) via the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons covered the use of antibiotics, and imaging for a range of common ear, nose and throat conditions. 

There have now been 133 recommendations released through Choosing Wisely Australia by 29 colleges, societies and associations since our launch in April 2015. Read more here.


Last reviewed 13 April 2017