Choosing Wisely Australia launches

Choosing Wisely Launch Panel and Audience 28 May 2015

Choosing Wisely Australia® was launched in Sydney to a packed audience of some of the nation’s most influential healthcare leaders.

Closely covered by the media, the launch gave the opportunity for the participating medical speciality colleges and societies to shine the spotlight on their target lists of the low value tests, treatments and procedures they want practitioners and public to avoid.

Facilitated by NPS MedicineWise and led by the nation’s peak medical colleges and societies, Choosing Wisely Australia is part of an ambitious global movement to improve patient care by addressing outmoded, overused and misused practices that have become entrenched in modern healthcare.

Speaking at the launch, NPS MedicineWise CEO, Dr Lynn Weekes, said: “Choosing Wisely Australia marks the start of an important national conversation about what is appropriate care. This has the potential to change people’s lives.

“These medical colleges and societies have shown tremendous leadership in identifying those areas that warrant scrutiny and drawing on the expertise of their members to make the sometimes difficult decisions about which should be targeted. 

“Patients are often unaware that not all tests, treatments and procedures are always in their best interest. This is about challenging the prevailing popular view that more is always better.”

The first wave of organisations to unveil their recommendations included:

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners 
Australasian College for Emergency Medicine
Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia 
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists 
Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy 
The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (Coordinating body for the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy and other speciality societies).

The lists of recommendations  and the supporting evidence were made available to the public and published on the Choosing Wisely Australia website.

Last reviewed 28 May 2015