13 Jun 2017
Strong interest in the national effort to eliminate unnecessary healthcare practices saw more than 200 people join the first Choosing Wisely Australia National Meeting on 4 May, which coincided with the second anniversary of the initiative.
The event, held last month, was hosted by NPS MedicineWise at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and attracted attendees from Australia’s medical colleges, societies and associations, health services, health professionals, consumers, consumer advocates, payers, researchers and policy makers.
Chief Medical Officer Professor Brendan Murphy delivered the keynote address discussing the sustainability of Australia’s healthcare system and acknowledged that Choosing Wisely could become a “key plank in our quest to deliver quality care in a sustainable health system”.
A number of our Champion Health Services presented on some strong early results being achieved within the hospital setting:
- Over 15 months, Gold Coast Health has reduced unnecessary pathology tests resulting in a decrease in monthly test averages from 96,000 public pathology tests a month to 93,500, despite a 10% increase in patient activity.
- Austin Health are employing multi-facetted approaches including education, and decision support to address unnecessary testing.
- Sir Charles Gairdner Osborne Park Health Care Group has reduced repeat blood tests in inpatients by 30% across multiple departments.
- Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital has introduced 130 initiatives that address low value approaches including embedding Choosing Wisely into performance frameworks.
Panel discussions explored the themes of using evidence to make better health decisions and consumer engagement.
It was wonderful to see so many passionate and committed delegates and we look forward to continuing to work together to build on the current momentum of Choosing Wisely Australia.
If you were unable to attend the meeting, or would like a recap on some of the information given, we have made a number of the presentations available on our website. You can also view our photo gallery of the event.
We look forward to hosting you again at our 2018 National Meeting.
The presentations from the day, as well as a photo gallery, are available to view here.