28 May 2015
Choosing Wisely Australia is all about encouraging conversations within the medical community and between health professionals and consumers. The launch kick-started the conversation with an expert panel session that took questions from the audience.
Read what the expert panel are saying or watch their launch video
“It shouldn’t be underestimated that in our getting together – and hopefully more of our colleagues in the future – as this gains momentum - just how powerful this will be in better directing resources and improving care for our patients.
” Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) Immediate Past President, Associate Professor Sally McCarthy
“As GPs we see about 80 to 85 percent of the population every year and we have this continuous relationship with our patients, which gives us the unique opportunity to change habits. It’s nice just to take a breath in – have a look at what we’re doing. We’re trained as scientists. We should question each and every step we take. More important than any of this, is to bring the patients along with us. Choosing Wisely is about doctors and their patients taking the journey together
.” The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) President, Dr Frank R Jones
“This initiative is a living, breathing example of clinicians and consumers working together to create information that debunks some of the myths in the system – there are some tests that they may not need, that are not necessary and may actually be doing them some harm
.” Consumers Health Forum CEO, Ms Leanne Wells
“In some areas, our time and work is put towards the sort of imaging we would regard as low value, low return. This can put the patient on a treadmill of further investigation and time when really, that wasn’t envisaged as appropriate at the start. This is about changing patient expectations that they’re going to get a test and also about relieving the pressure on the referring doctor
.” The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR), Dean of the Faculty of Radiology, Dr Greg Slater
“As a college, our goal is to ensure that the MBS reflects contemporary medical practice. We think Choosing Wisely Australia will help us ensure the schedule is more appropriate to the testing that’s being done – and will be done in the future. For the patient, there will be very definite advantages. They will have an evidence base behind the testing they are having. They will be better informed.
” Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) President, Associate Professor, Peter Stewart
"We understand how important it is that we identify low value, high cost activities and that we actually change our practices and behaviours so that those activities are reduced which will benefit all. It will benefit patients undergoing medical care, it will benefit the community and it will benefit the profession as well.
" The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) President, Professor Nicholas Talley